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Wayne Chan’s Mac and iPhone setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

I am Wayne Chan. Currently I am doing a remote job at xitu.io, which is a community made for developers in China.

Two months ago, I made my first podcast — Archiviert — with my friend. “Archiviert” is a German word that means “Archived” in English. We believe that everything should be archived and we should stay focused and organized. Mostly, we talk about apps and some technology stuffs. (P.S. Because of our limited time and energy, Archiveirt won’t be updated regularly.)

I also write app reviews, tips for sspai, a site devoting to digging the best and the most suitable apps for people, just like what The Sweet Setup is doing. Here is what I already wrote for sspai.

What is your current setup?

Wayne Chan's desk

I’m currently using a 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

Unsplash. I also recommend the Zoommy app. More than 50,000 photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero from 50 sources. Yes, all the pictures are totally free.

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

  • Ulysses: I mainly use Ulysses for writing. Its distraction-free interface and well-organized library is the reason why I choose it. By the way, I have tried most Markdown editors and no one can be as smooth as Ulysses does.
  • 1Password: One of the apps I can’t live without. All my passwords are generated and stored by 1Password. Its Two-Step Verification is another excellent add-on feature.
  • Spark: In consideration of its elegant design and “Smart Inbox” feature, it is hard not to choose it.
  • Surge: The Great Fire Wall in China has blocked many good sites such as YouTube, Google, and so on. Surge is the most powerful proxy tool which also helps me a lot with my network debugging.
  • Waltr 2: An elegant way to transfer my videos and ebooks from my Mac to my iPhone.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

A big desk in front of a big french window so I can enjoy the sunshine when I am working. Maybe a cup of coffee is also necessary.

What iPhone do you have?

Wayne Chan's iPhone

I use an iPhone 7 Jet Black with 128GB of space. I like the feeling of using my iPhone directly without any cases, so I bought Apple Care + for my iPhone 7.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

Cuto for iOS. I have to say that Cuto is the most beautiful wallpaper app I have ever seen on the iOS platform. All its wallpapers are selected in Unsplash by the editor from sspai. You don’t need to worry about their copyright. All you need to do is wait until Friday every week and select your favorite wallpaper.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

Every night, I use Sleep Cycle to monitor my sleep so that I can have a good rest every day. Every morning after the alarm wakes me up, I check my Gyroscope app to see how I have spent my time on the previous day. Gyroscope is really an amazing service that gathers everything. You just need to check your data and make your way to a more quantified self.

Also, I use 2Do to organize my tasks both on my iPhone and Mac. The “Email to 2Do” feature on 2Do for iOS is a good choice to manage your Email tasks.

For casual time, I use Castro to listen to some interesting podcasts. It brings the GTD concept to a podcast app and it truly works. Apple Music is another option when I need something to relax. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Tweetbot, Unread and Reddit…they really kill your time.

I have installed so many apps that I cannot mention all of them. Here are some other apps I want to mention on my iPhone:

  • Workflow: the most powerful productivity app on the iOS platform. I usually use it to save app icons and view HTML codes on my iOS device.
  • Fantastical: I use Fantastical to arrange my calendar events; its natural language parsing feature is a wise choice to create events.
  • Launch Center Pro: Launch Center Pro helps to open apps quickly and it can support many app shortcuts with URL Schemes.
  • Trello: When working, I use Trello to track project progress and manage tasks.
  • Television Time: I like its Trakt integration and the way it displays shows I am tracking.
  • Telegram: the IM service I use to communicate with my friends.

I also have an Apple Watch on my wrist everyday. The apps I use most often on my Apple Watch are 2Do and Sleep++, and its notification mirrored from iPhone really set my hands free. When a new notification arrives, I can have a quick look on my Apple Watch to see what it is and decide whether to handle it or not.

As I said above, I use Gyroscope to track my day. Apple Watch can track my steps, heart beats, and other data and put them in my Health.app so that Gyroscope can read them. I think Apple Watch is a good assistant to help you quantify your health.

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