Life Stack

This is my “life stack” – the tools, apps, services and other things I use to manage my work and life. I started this page because the other life stack sites I’ve seen have introduced me to new tools I have been able to put to good use. Some of the links will be affiliates. It was created privately in January 2018 and made public in July 2018. Updated December 11, 2019.



MacBook Pro 13″ mid-2009 (macOS) – A friend gave it in exchange for tech support on his computer. This used laptop was laden with software problems, a bad battery, trackpad, fan, and low memory. I’ve fixed all those except for the faulty audio jack that only works with external headphones and Bluetooth. I tried every trick to fix it. Most recently I replaced the HD with an SSD. That helped a ton. A few seconds to boot from cold rather than minutes. And most recently, August 2018, set up an iMac 2011 for video and photography editing.


Mid August 2019 started my transition away from Android.

  • Blink and Coda
  • Google Drive and iCloud Drive
  • Apple Music
  • Snapseed
  • Instagram
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • iOS and Halide Camera
  • KakaoTalk
  • Feedly
  • Thru The Bible
  • Viki
  • Gmail
  • Notes and Reminders
  • Photo Pills
  • Google Maps (I tried the new Apple Maps in iOS 13 and their use of Yelp and Yelp Reviews is terrible user experience that’s where I decided it wasn’t ready yet for me. Reviews were more interactive and positive on Google Maps.)
  • LumaFusion
  • Affinity Photo
  • Affinity Designer


  • WordPress (this blog)
  • custom WordPress form plugin
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript (beginner, can troubleshoot and built a few working scripts)
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • JSON
  • Google Maps API
  • GitHub and Gists
  • Jekyll, Codeship, Rakefile, GitHub Pages (2017-2019 previous version of this blog)
  • Ubuntu/ Ubuntu MATE Linux
  • AJAX