App launchers on the Mac have been around forever. Anyone remember Quicksilver? Gush. I loved that app. I'm now a devoted Alfred fan. The workflows are incredibly useful, it's unobtrusive and handy. I keep a growing list of shortcuts in Alfred that I can call up very quickly. But my most loved feature is the clipboard manager. I can copy text across several places and then easily drop those saved clips into the doc or app I'm in easily. I set it to keep text history for 30 days, which is maybe a bit excessive, but it's come in handy when trying to remember what terminal command I ran a few weeks ago.[LINK]
Mullvad just works, and their record on customer privacy sold me. I've tried several VPN's over the years and nothing has been as rock solid. I have this running on every device I own, including my NAS, with exception to my Apple TV. And my connection speeds are amazing, which is a godsend. I've never seen speeds like this with any VPN.
I've been an off and on diarist (is that a word?) for about 10 years. I've used so many apps for writing my thoughts down over the years and eventually gravitated away from most of them. Evernote was a longtime app I used, and the ability to save a location with a note was really useful. When I started Day One sometime in 2019, it had locations as well as a ton of other meta data it added to entries like weather and current music playing.
What I love most about this app is just how easy it is to use. Entries can be as simple as a sentence or a photo. I love the On This Day, which is similar to how other systems handle photos, like Facebook or Apple Photos. Just a really amazing app, incredibly polished and useful. The developers don't keep adding stupid new features either, something too many apps end up with is bloat.[LINK]
I've been using 1Password for so long, I can't imagine not having it. It's so ingrained into my life now it's a bit crazy. I have a family account and have the wife, son and my brother on there as well. It works amazingly well with iOS and Mac OS, although the current version 8 has some minor irritations in how it can get in the way of input fields when I don't want to use it.[LINK]
I've been using Sublime Text for so long, I can't actually recall when I started using it. I've tried almost every text editor/IDE out there and I always end up back at Sublime Text. I love the simplicity of the UI, the extensibility of the system, and the power behind it.[LINK]
For several years I used an app called Caffeine to keep my Mac from going to sleep. It may seem a silly concept but there are times you need your computer screen to stay awake. Caffeine did it's job but eventually I switched to Amphetamine. Don't you just love these app names? They keep getting stronger, who knows what I'll be using to keep my Mac awake in a few years.
Amphetamine does one thing and it does it very well. It takes effort not to bloat an app with feature after feature. The app lets me set a length of time to leave the Mac awake and runs from my menubar. There's a lot more to it, but all still focused on just keeping your Mac awake.
It's a free app, but if he was charging for it I would pay.
Note that this is a US Mac App Store link.[LINK]