Welcome to We Use, a page were we list some of the products that we use and recommend wholeheartedly.
Note: Some of the links posted in this guide are affiliate links. This means that we get paid if you make a purchase. The fact has not influenced our decision to list hardware, software or services on this page.
We do list why we use a program, device or service and assure you that we have not added products to the page simply for monetization purposes.
With that out of the way, lets begin. The list is divided into the three product categories software, hardware and services for ease of access.
The following list contains software programs that we use on a daily basis. Not all of the programs are paid applications. We have limited the list to programs that we use a lot.
Firefox - The main advantage of Firefox over other browsers is that it gives you more control over the browser interface and customizations in general. There is also NoScript available exclusively for the browser, our favorite browser add-on of all time.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro - This is one of the best security programs available for Windows currently.
Office Professional 2013 - While there are plenty of other options available, OpenOffice or one of the online solutions, it is Microsoft Office that is most widely used in offices and at home.
QuiteRSS - RSS Reader of choice. It is only available for Windows but excellent in all aspects.
Sandboxie - This is a sandboxing solution for Windows that is very handy for software testers and other purposes. Run any application in a sandbox to protect the underlying system from its actions. Check out our Sandboxie review for detailed information.
Snagit - Snagit is a screen capture software that we use to take screenshots of programs. We are not using the latest version though but version 10 of it as it offers everything we need. Check out our Snagit review for additional information.
Thunderbird - Thunderbird is a desktop email client that gives you full control over your emails. Not only are they stored locally, it is also highly customizable and supports add-ons just like Firefox does.
Windows 7 - There are still plenty of opportunities to purchase the Windows 7 operating system. While you may not find PCs installed with the system anymore, retailers like Amazon and eBay still carry the system.
PureVPN - Virtual Private Network provider offering unlimited data transfer and server switches, 256-bit data encryption and a comprehensive range of supported protocols.
Udemy - Udemy offers well-made online courses on many different topics ranging from programming to marketing and language learning. I have used the service not only to start learning Japanese but also to start developing applications for Android. Especially the programming section is well filled with courses for audiences of all levels.
Usenet Provider - We have been using Giganews for a long time but switched to UsenetBucket some time ago. The core reason for this is price. UsenetBucket accounts start at less than $4 per month for unlimited (but capped to 10Mbit) traffic. Read our full UsenetBucket review here.
Wiredtree Hosting - We have switched hosting providers a couple of times in the past. Sometimes we were forced to switch, at other times we moved to a new company because of a better deal or service. We have been with Wiredtree for years and have no plans to change that. Their support is awesome and while not cheap, this alone justifies the expense. The following link points to our Wiredtree review.
Logitech G930 Wireless Headset - While listed as a gaming headset, this wireless headset can be used for regular activities as well. It is comfortable to wear even after hours of wearing it straight and should last a work day without having to connect it to the station to recharge its battery. Read the full G930 review here.
Motorola Moto G - Fed up with expensive flagship phones that would not receive Android version updates in time or at all, I (Martin) made the decision to get a cheaper phone that would get updates earlier. Since I'm not gaming on the phone or using other resource-intensive apps, I don't notice the slower processor at all. I highly recommend the 16 Gigabyte version though as you cannot expand storage. Read my full Moto G review here.
Xiaomi Mi4c - I replaced the Motorola Moto G with the Xiaomi Mi4C. It is a flagship phone for half the price. It offers great battery life, enough storage, good screen, good camera, and all the features that I need including easy unlocking and rooting.