Loren Stephens’ Mac and iPhone setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Loren Stephens, and I’m a Senior Account Executive for a commercial equipment finance company in Orange County, California.

What is your current setup?

Loren Stephens' desk

I have two Macs. My iMac is a 21.5” late-2013 model and my MacBook Pro is a Retina 13” early-2015 model. I work from home, so my iMac is my primary work machine.

Where can we find your OS X wallpaper?

I saw this wallpaper in Brian Baggett’s Mac Sweet Setup story and liked it a lot. You can find it here.

What software do you use and for what do you use it?

  • Vivaldi Browser — I just recently started using Vivaldi. Previously I had been using Firefox. I use the browser for almost all my work. For contact management, I use Zoho CRM, and for communication our company uses Office 365. I use my iPhone with a Jabra headset for all phone calls. I also access my personal email in the browser using Fastmail.
  • Fantastical 2 — to keep track of both personal and work events and reminders.
  • Dropbox — to keep all my files, both personal and work.
  • 1Password — for all my password management needs.
  • ReadKit — for RSS reading integrated with Instapaper and Pocket.
  • Tweetbot — for following my Twitter feeds.
  • Ulysses — for writing.
  • TextWrangler — for plain text writing.
  • nvALT — for taking notes using Simplenote sync.
  • f.lux — to protect my eyes.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

I can’t really think of anything I would change. My iMac and MacBook Pro are both running parallel software setups.


What iPhone do you have?

Loren Stephens' iPhone

I use an iPhone 6s in Space Gray.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

  • Spark — for personal email. I like being able to snooze emails.
  • Outlook — for work email. It ties in perfectly with Office 365.
  • Fantastical 2 — to keep track of both personal and work events and reminders.
  • Tweetbot — for following my Twitter feeds.
  • Unread — for scanning through my RSS feeds and saving to either Pocket or Instapaper for reading later.
  • Authy — for 2FA codes.
  • Simplenote — for note-taking and sync with nvALT on the Mac.
  • Messages — for communication with family and friends using iPhone.
  • Signal — for communication with family and friends who use Android.
  • Zoho CRM — for work.
  • Strava — for recording and tracking all my cycling activities.

Which app could you not live without?

That’s are hard one. All my apps are important to my daily life. I would probably have to pick Authy and Fantastical.


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