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Steve Cholette’s Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Steve Cholette, and I am a full-time Fire Fighter/Paramedic for a suburb city near Detroit, Michigan. I have been an Apple fanatic for quite some time and I use my setup for home/hobbies.

What is your current setup?

Steve Cholette's desk

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Additionally, I have my MacBook Air connected to a 27-Inch Apple Thunderbolt Display, Apple Wireless Keyboard, and Trackpad. I take my Apple Magic Mouse with me for when I am on the go. The Thunderbolt display is connected via Ethernet to my Apple 2TB Time Capsule. For my paperless workflow, I have the ScanSnap iX500. I have my MacBook Air sitting on a stand from Thoughtout Company. On my desk, I also have a Belkin iPhone stand, which I love because it works with different cases and phone sizes.

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

My wallpaper is from Twelve South Wallpaper Collection 4: Hawaiian Island Adventure. My wife and I visited Hawaii last year and it was beautiful.

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

I use a variety of Apple Software in addition to third-party software. My top 10 on macOS are:

  • Spark: My email client of choice because it works well with both my iPhone and Mac.
  • 1Password: My most important app on all my devices. I love this app for how simple it is to use and the features they offer. I never have to remember my passwords or logins.
  • DEVONthink Pro Office: This is a great app for organizing all of the stuff you want to keep. I use it for my home paperless office workflow. It has great capabilities with my ScanSnap scanner.
  • Fantastical 2: I have a unique schedule, and this app helps me stay organized. It also has a ton of features that I enjoy. One of my favorites is the way you can see a list and monthly view at the same time.
  • Banktivity 5: Great app for me to keep my finances in order. I love how this app is easy to use.
  • Bartender: Because I have so many apps on my Mac. This app is great for keeping my menu bar organized.
  • Alfred: This app is great for speeding up tasks. My favorite thing to do is use this with 1Password, which makes logging into a website quick and effortless.
  • Hazel: Is crucial to my paperless workflow for my home office. It did take a bit to learn it, but there are a lot of tools out there to help make this app work for you so you can work less.
  • CleanMyMac 3: Since I have a smaller hard drive, I love this app because it keeps unnecessary data off my Mac. If you suffer from not having enough space, I would recommend giving this one a shot to clear it up.
  • 2Do: My task manager of choice. My favorite feature on this app is the way you can bundle projects together. It has a clean look and works well when it comes to syncing to iOS.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

I love my current setup, but I wish I could afford to get a new Mac every year or so. I really can’t believe I am still using mine from 2012. It honestly runs great and I would only be upgrading due to the new features of the newest Macs. My ideal setup would be a refresh of my MacBook to the Pro version with the Touch Bar and Touch ID, along with a high resolution LG or Dell display. Lastly, a refresh on the Trackpad and Magic Keyboard to the latest versions.

What iPhone do you have (color, size, etc.)?

Steve Cholette's iPhone

I currently have an iPhone 7 Plus in Space Gray with 128GB of storage.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

It’s a photo I took with my iPhone of a beach in Hawaii.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

In addition to the ones I have stated above, I use:

  • Overcast: I love listening to podcasts, and Overcast has a wonderful platform. My favorite podcast right now is Mac Power Users.
  • Reeder: My newest app on my iPhone; I love getting RSS feeds from my top websites.
  • 2Do: This app is synced with my Mac and I love keeping organized with different tasks I have to complete. It keeps me focused on what needs to be done, even when I am on the go.
  • DEVONthink To Go: I work very had to have a nice workflow and this app keeps everything I need at my fingertips. This app is refreshed and has taken a huge leap from the previous version. It works very well and I am happy it uses a feature to keep all of the data off of your device until you need it.

Which app could you not live without?

Tough one, but I would have to say 1Password, which is a shock to me that I picked it. I can not stand not being able to log into a website or a bank account because I couldn’t remember the hundreds of websites I have accounts for. I love this app because of all the features it offers on all devices and how keeps everything up to date. I feel that without 1Password I would be lost.

Which Apple Watch do you have?

Steve Colette's Watch

I have the first generation Apple Watch in Stainless Steel with the black sport band, and I use it every single day.

How do you use your Watch on a daily basis?

My current screen is the Modular face: I use two complications from Fantastical, the Battery app, and the Weather app.

I also love to use my Watch on my motorcycle. I have a handlebar mount that I use, and I use my Watch to simply switch songs on the Music app while I ride. Lastly, I love using the Watch with my Apple AirPods!

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