Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Birthday Spending Spree

It's not that HTML5 is bad. I'm actually, long-term, really excited about it - Mark Zuckerberg
I'm used to getting little bits of money for my birthday from parents or my grandparents and being told that I'm supposed to spend the money on "something fun." You know how that goes, they are trying to get you to treat yourself to something you wouldn't normally buy because it would be too expensive.
This year I did a little bit of a technical shopping spree! First I got myself a subscription to App.net for no particular reason. I now segregate my online streams to personal (Twitter -> Facebook), professional (LinkedIn) and Nerd (App.net / Google+). Why not collect them all?
Second I purchased Coda from Panic Software. In my new gig I we do PHP development and I've been using Sublime Text since its basically the only text editor that supported my Retina MacBook Pro. Sublime Text is okay, but I've been avoiding purchasing it since I know at some point in nearish future TextWrangler will start supporting Retina and I would have the option to switch back to a free alternative. Yet I've been having a stare down with Coda. After getting it, I have no regrets! I've got the Git integration working for my work as well as for all my personal projects. And for my personal stuff that gets SFTP uploaded the publish action is all built in. It's fantastic.
Third and last - I got iA Writer for iOS. I've been doing a little bit of writing for NaNoWriMo and since I've been mostly using my iPad as a Desktop replacement I wanted a program that I can write in that will sync across all my devices. So iA Writer to Dropbox sync across everything? Perfect. And why not iCloud sync? Because it would require me to purchase iA Writer for Mac, and I don't see a point in that.