My 2012 Digital Tool Kit

I wanted to share what I use everyday to manage Abraham Chronicles, my social media presence, and the daily what-nots of Dustin Valencia. I get giddy when I get to teach my wife a new trick for her iPhone. It’s who I am! So, without further adieu…

BIG GOODS

  • 15″ MacBook Pro – 2.53 Ghz Intel Core i5; 4 GB memory; 500 GB storage; Mac OS X Lion
  • iPhone 4S – 16 GB; iOS 5
  • iPad2 – 32 GB; iOS 5 – more of a work thing right now; favorite app right now = Noteshelf (Because of my Pogo Sketch Plus!)
  • Timbuk2 messenger bag – although I’m thinking of getting a backpack-styled bag. Any suggestions?
  • Moleskine – I’m not fully digital in this regard yet… but I use this to capture random thoughts.
Desktop.

MAC GOODS

  • Wunderlist – last year this became my task management app of choice. It syncs over the cloud to my iPhone/iPad. It has quietly nudged Things off the top spot these last six months.
  • Skype – on it all day long, mostly for work… but usually around 10AM each morning I get to Skype with my girls. Highlight!
  • Evernote – Live on it. Use it personally and professionally to store customer notes, blogpost drafts, pictures — you name it, it’s there.
  • Twitter for Mac – When on my Mac, this is my Twitter client of choice. Intuitive and simple.
  • Reeder – I know I’m missing out by not having it on my iPhone/iPad, but the Mac app was well worth the $10 I shelled out for it. Well, well, well worth it.
  • OmmWriter – If I need to block everything out for 20 minutes and write, this is what I use.
  • Chrome – Safari, bleh. Firefox, bleh. Chrome, yeah!
  • iTunes – I’ve tried Spotify, Rdio, Pandora… but I keep coming back to my trusty ol’ iTunes and my vast library of songs that include Hall & Oats, Foo Fighters, and Huey Lewis & the News. REPEAT!
  • Fantastical – iCal keeps me organized. Fantastical makes it easy to schedule events on my Mac using natural language. Brilliant!
  • Alfred – Shift+Command+Space = Find anything on my Mac. Uhh…. YES!

ONLINE GOODS

  • Pixlr – Don’t have Photoshop… like Snapheel (I think)… but if I need a quick edit this online editor is my choice!
  • Facebook – Don’t care for the iPhone app (even though I have to use it), so I’ll stick with this for now.
  • Compfight – The site that I use to find blog post images; it searches through photos that can be used legally through the Creative Commons license.
  • Yahoo! Fantasy Sports – I like to dominate Fantasy Football. Sue me!
iPhone screens.

MOBILE GOODS

  • Tweetbot for iPhone – Hands down the best iPhone Twitter app out there. Trust me on this one.
  • Instagram – It’s like a little community, syncs to Twitter, and makes my photos like somewhat decent. I like!
  • Dropbox – If my wife and I need to share documents (budgets, photos, etc.), this is it. Plus, it allows sharing folders with other folks!
  • Amazon – I’m an unashamed Prime-guy. There have been at least 2-3 times this past week where I’m like, “Oh I need to order that (batteries, baby formula, random stuff).” Pull up the Amazon app, get a good/fair price, order it, and voila! It arrives at my doorstep in two days.
  • ESV Bible – The YouVersion app is cool and all (especially for the reading plans), but I tend to do stick with this one — doesn’t require an Internet connection and it’s fast!
  • Flipboard – The best personalized magazine app out there. Prefer it over Zite.
  • Triptracker – Automagically imports/updates my flights, hotels, & car rentals into one simplified screen.
  • Pulse – As far as a personalized news source, I like it a lot.

Wow, took longer than I expected… but I hope that you’ve found something useful/you want to try out/etc. These are the programs, apps and websites that I frequent everyday. They make me more productive (I think) and help shape most of my day.

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Share you tools… how do you make happen what you do everyday? What am I missing?

26 Comments

  • arny

    January 19, 2012

    Dude…uh…I feel like i’m livin in the 40’s and you tech guys are livin in 3012!!! LMBO!!!

    I have no idea what any of that stuff was…

    I understood Twitter, Facebook, and Itunes..lol…

    I thought that was funny…

    I need to get a tech life…lol…

    Love to see what you see everyday Dustin!

    kinda makes me want to write an analogy about it! lol..

    how We, Christians are like me….and God, is like you…he has all of us on his big screen and he is in charge!…

    we have no idea how his view is…it’s complicated…but he understands it and we shouldn’t worry…just trust.

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      it’s okay, arny. one day you’ll join us in our voracious pursuit of a paper-less world :)

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  • moe

    January 19, 2012

    You are such a jerk! I was going to write “my workflow” tomorrow on BC. I forgive you. :)

    I have a lot of the same tools. By the way, how cool is Alfred? I love it!

    Computer:
    MacBook Air 15 inch 250 GB 4GB Ram, Lion
    iPhone 4 32GB, iOS5
    iPad 1: My baby. I’m upgrading to 3 in March
    Bag: PUR Improv backpack. Messenger bag = purse. Wimp!
    Notebook: None. All digital suckas!

    Mac Goods:
    1Password. browser extention. Never have to remember a password again. Ever.
    Flow: Bye Things. I got a free year and it’s awesome. I win!
    Skype: Family and my “Fe” group.
    Simplenote: No fancy whistles and all things. Simple, notes. Nuff said
    Writer > OmmWriter
    Safari. Chrome is fast, but I fear they spy my computer. No thanks (Google is the devil)
    Rdio. Mac app is the goods.
    Fantastical. You said it well
    Alfred. I love this app. It makes me all soft in the heart
    Pixelmator. Edit photos. It’s like photoshop.

    iPhone
    Tweetbot. Nuff said
    Instagram. Nuff said
    Drobpox. Nuff said
    Youversion. It is getting bloated. I may look around.
    Flipboard. Nuff said
    Zite > Pulse
    1Password. I can’t live without this app. Seriously. Dropbox sync too.
    Flow. Get.things.done
    Buffer. Plan tweets at specific times.
    Summify. Scans FB and Twitter for most shared links and gives them to me magazine style. Love it.

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    • arny

      January 19, 2012

      see what i mean…2013! lol..

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      • arny

        January 19, 2012

        3012! fast forward a thousand years…

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      your welcome… and yes, everyone now will look to you as a poser… :)

      -Flow… hmm, just checked out the site. Looks very interesting.
      -i like Zite for the ipad – no complaints there.

      Reply
  • Louis Tullo

    January 19, 2012

    Great list! I am a huge fan of my Timbuk2 messenger bag. It’s by far the coolest and most useful item I have to hold my stuff.

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      … and now, a few years later, I’m still finding new pockets. :)

      Reply
  • Benjer McVeigh

    January 19, 2012

    I just found pixlr.com this week to quickly edit an image that had a background I didn’t want. Love it!

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      sweet. quick edits and such… I use it all the time!

      Reply
  • jenn

    January 19, 2012

    So I just finished writing “apparently I’ve been living under a rock” on another blog and I think it applies to this one as well. Most of these things I’ve never heard of. As far as phone apps, I still have a sad little flip phone so I can’t use those. I used an Apple computer for the first time ever in my Technology class yesterday. I am excited about what we’re learning in there.

    I thought I was doing well just to have a blog, facebook, twitter, and my new Kindle. :)

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      ha, you are doing well! my wife has a kindle and loves it!

      Reply
  • Jason Vana

    January 19, 2012

    You really gonna make me list all of this out??

    BIG GOODS
    – 13″ MacBook
    – iPad2
    – iPhone 4, 32GB
    – iPod Touch, 8GB
    – Old school Video iPod, 30GB (stays in my car for music)
    – HP PhotoSmart Premium Color Printer with Wireless Printing from mobile devices
    – Moleskin To-Do list notebook

    MAC GOODS
    – Adobe Creative Suite 4 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver)
    – Skype
    – Evernote
    – Reeder
    – Mail/Calendar
    – iTunes
    – Chrome/Safari/Firefox

    MOBILE: (iPhone and iPad)
    – Facebook/Twitter/FourSquare
    – Words with Friends
    – Calendar
    – Mail
    – Evernote
    – Reeder
    – iBooks/Kindle
    – Newsstand
    – TED talks mobile
    – Northwoods (church’s app)
    – Alarm Clock
    – Dropbox

    It’s a lot!

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      yes – thanks for listing it out! another Reeder user… love it!
      (and I didn’t know TED talks had a mobile app… sweet)

      Reply
  • Rob Shepherd

    January 19, 2012

    I need to hire you to manage my figurative crap. I know how to use Twitter and I have a Moleskin. Besides that I’m living ignorantly in the 1980’s.

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      i’m pretty low cost (i.e. free). ;)

      Reply
  • Adam

    January 19, 2012

    Nice list. I have a list of what I use on my about page on my blog that need some serious updating. May do a post on the tools I use soon. Will let you know of i do.

    Great list by the way.

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  • Ally Garner

    January 19, 2012

    Wow, this is a treasure trove. Some of these I already use, but there are several apps & tips I’m definitely going to check out. Thanks so much for sharing this list Dustin!

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  • Noah Lomax

    January 19, 2012

    Great list! Love Flipboard, use it all the time!

    For Big Tools:
    I love my Kindle. Not the fire. Not the iPad. It is great for carrying having my library close by and long periods of reading without my eyes burning.

    For Online:
    I’d add BufferApp to your list! It’s a great way for me to send a lot of links to Twitter but not have them blowing up people’s feeds. It “buffers” them out over pre-selected times.

    For MacBook:
    I like Evernote, but I know that I’m not harnessing its power. Any tips?

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    • Dustin

      January 20, 2012

      I hear ya with the Kindle… that’s what I think most people like about it — a simple reader.

      i’m def checking out Buffer. a couple recommendations to do so… and I’m all for it.

      about Evernote… I love the storage feature (store anything like text, photos, receipts, etc) and the auto-sync. so… not only does it save automatically, but it syncs to my phone if I need something as well. i actually see it replacing my moleskine…

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      • Noah Lomax

        January 20, 2012

        Good Evernote thoughts… I have to move past my propensity to write on paper.

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  • Jon

    January 20, 2012

    Wowza…you are a beast.

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  • Keri

    January 23, 2012

    Very, very cool list, Dustin. As a new iPhone owner, I’m still figuring out what works for me. I’m so green at it all, that I don’t even know if something works well or if I should use something else. Getting recommendations from people I trust is probably the best route, but even then we all use apps differently and in different ways. Right now, I’m trying to create some healthy boundaries with my phone. We’re like so in love, it’s like when you’re first dating someone and all you want to do is be with them and then you start losing friends.

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  • ThatGuyKC

    February 8, 2012

    Dude, did you steal my stuff? We use a lot of the same tools.

    Noteshelf is awesome.
    Evernote is essential.
    Wunderlist helps me get stuff done (checkout Geek for i tomorrow for my app review)
    Tweetbot keeps me connected.

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