The tech I use daily as a freelance writer
The other day my colleague Martin Brinkman wrote a bit about what he uses every day. Surprisingly, given we both do essentially the same job, we are somewhat separated in what we use. While Martin touched on software, I wanted to mix things up a bit and mention the hardware as well.
This isnâ€™t, by any means, everything I use, but it is what gets me through most days. Iâ€™ll mention other favorite technology at the end.
Martin and I separate right off the bat here. He uses Firefox and, while I like the browser and have it installed, Chrome is my go to. I use several extensions to manage tabs, including Tab Cloud (which works with Firefox also). Grammarly aids me in writing, by highlighting any typo â€“ helpful, given we all tend to make them.
I don'â€™t write in WordPress or Drupal or any other CMS, Iâ€™ve learned to not trust them -- I lost too many stories in the past to browser problems. Instead, I write everything in Word, and then copy it over when completed.
I pay for a subscription to Office 365 Home Premium, and the $9.95 per month fee nets me five licenses, so I can run it on multiple computers and, when I change a device, I can cancel a license and get it back to install on the new system.
I have a rather obvious need to take screenshots, multiple ones on a daily basis. For this I use PicPick, a free lightweight program that springs from the system tray whenever I tap Alt-PrtSc, or any similar combination. It has sufficient editing features, such adding arrows, boxes, text and highlights. Itâ€™s more than enough for my needs.
I own a desktop. It sits right next to me on the semi-circular desk I use. But honestly, it functions more as a home server, with terabytes of storage, holding a collection of ripped music CDs and DVD movies. It serves this media out via Plex to tablets and Google TV in the living room.
For my work, I prefer my laptop â€“ an Acer Aspire M5 with 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB internal drive. It has a 15.6-inch screen and no optical drive -- itâ€™s an Ultrabook without the SSD. I also prefer not to use a touchpad, so I have a Logitech T630 Ultrathin Touch Mouse (seen above). Itâ€™s Bluetooth, uses gestures, and has built-in Windows 8/8.1 functions.
I have a lot around me on this rather large desk. Thereâ€™s a Chromebook (the HP 11), which I like, but only use occasionally. There are three tablets â€“ a Kindle Fire HD (last yearâ€™s model), Kindle Fire HDX and Asus MeMO. A 2013 Nexus 7 went to my son
Similarly, there are three phones, consisting of a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 5 and Nokia Lumia 928. The Galaxy Nexus is the one I spend the most time using.
I could go on with a bunch of little details about USB drive, routers and switches, and other stuff that would likely bore you to tears. But, Iâ€™ve covered what gets me through my days, and that was the goal of this. I should probably mention Google Play Music All Access -- otherwise I'd go mad in an office of one.Advertisement