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Jowanza Joseph’s Mac and iOS setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jowanza Joseph, and I’m a software engineer at OneClickRetail, a business intelligence company based out of Salt Lake City. I’m also an active blogger on my website, and I write a weekly newsletter about photography, technology, and cool internet content.

What is your current setup?

Jowanza Joseph's desk

I have a late-2016 Space Gray Macbook Pro with 16 GB of RAM, an i7 processor, and 1 TB of SSD storage.

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

I use Wallcat to get different wallpapers every day.

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

  • 1Password: It’s the best password manager if you’re in the Apple Ecosystem. It syncs with my iPhone and iPad and also allows me to check out passwords on my Apple Watch if needed.
  • Evernote: Evernote is by far the best notes app for power users. I don’t actually use it for taking notes, but more so for creating documentation and for sharing notes. I have a bunch of receipes in there, articles I find helfpul when writing software, and an assortment of other content.
  • Fantastical: Couldn’t stay organized without it. It’s really the perfectly designed calendar, in my opinion.
  • IntelliJ: When you work in Java Virtual Machine (JVM) world for work, it’s pretty much the go-to development environment.
  • Forklift: It’s got all the features missing from Finder I need and also accomplishes all the SFTP stuff I need from time to time.
  • Hyper: I’ve tried a few terminal apps, but not very many of them stick. Hyper is really well-designed and well-developed, and I end up using it every day.
  • Opera: Chrome has been getting a little out of control lately with resource usage, so I jumped around with different browsers until I landed on Opera. It does 99% (Extensions) of what Chrome does without sending my computer into a frenzy.
  • Airmail: I’ve used every Mac email client known to man and this is the latest iteration. I can’t say I love it, but it’s been working great so far.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

Ideally I would love a 21:9 aspect ratio curved monitor between 34 and 38 inches. Once the price comes down on those a bit, that’s exactly where I’ll go. Otherwise, I’d love to have a Wacom tablet for sketching and whatnot.

What iPhone do you have?

Jowanza Joseph's iPhone

I currently use an iPhone 6 Plus in Gold with 64 GB of storage. Waiting for this next iteration to upgrade!

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

You can find it here.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

  • Gyroscope: It’s a fantastic app for taking control of your health data. I use it every day to track my progress and goals.
  • Twitter: By far my favorite social network, and Twitter does the best app. I use this app more than any other.
  • Lightroom: Adobe does the best photo editing software for any OS. I run all of my photos through Lightroom that will ever leave my phone.
  • Overcast: I’ve tried all the podcast apps as well, and this is the best one. It’s a pleasure to use, and with the recent updates I find myself in greater control of my podcasts.

Which app could you not live without?

Overcast. I lived without it before and listened to far fewer podcasts and had a much worse experience. I think this is #2 on my usage for apps behind Twitter.

Which iPad do you have?

Jowanza Joseph's iPad

I have a 9.7″ iPad Pro in Space Gray with 128 GB of space.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

It’s a picture I took a few months ago — you can download it here.

How are you using your iPad on a daily basis?

I use my iPad as the primary means to consume stuff. I use it to read articles, watch movies, read emails, review tasks I need to complete, scroll through my Twitter feed, and I also write with it occasionally.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

  • Plex: I’ve dedicated far too much time configuring my Plex server, and I finally have it down. I have a huge movie backlog along with my music on Plex, and I love consuming that content on my iPad.
  • Dropbox Paper: Whenever I need to write on my iPad, I use Dropbox Paper. It’s a clean writing experience with the kind of functionality I need for technical writing.
  • eBay: I have a small reselling business, and I use eBay for most of my reselling. The app isn’t the greatest, but I can’t get by without it.

Which app could you not live without?

Todoist. I manage my personal and professional life through Todoist. It integrates with my calendar and has great support for recurring events. You can enter stuff like “Set a reminder for every 3rd Tuesday starting on Feburary 5th,” for example. I end up doing a lot of my planning from the iPad because split screen mode is pretty fantastic for this.

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