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The Best Of - 2014 Edition

At the end of every year I note down a summary of the best applications, hardware & websites I’ve enjoyed & depended on throughout the year (and often for some time before).

##Software / General Use:

  • Fastmail - https://www.fastmail.com
  • Evernote - https://evernote.com
  • Reeder - http://reederapp.com
  • Keynote - https://www.apple.com/au/mac/keynote
  • Lastpass - https://lastpass.com
  • Plex - https://plex.tv
  • Calibre - http://calibre-ebook.com

##Software / Geek Use:

  • Sublime Text - http://www.sublimetext.com/3
  • Homebrew - http://brew.sh
  • DropSync - http://mudflatsoftware.com
  • Beets - http://beets.radbox.org
  • Textual - http://www.codeux.com/textual
  • XLD - http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html
  • Code Academy - http://www.codecademy.com
  • Exercism.io - http://exercism.io
  • Sickbeard + Headphones + Couchpotato + Sabnzbd - http://www.totalhtpc.com/ultimate-usenet-guide.html

##Software / Mobile:

  • Tweetbot - http://tapbots.com/software/tweetbot
  • Pushover - http://pushover.net
  • Lastpass - https://lastpass.com
  • Keynote - https://www.apple.com/au/ios/keynote
  • Reeder - http://reederapp.com/ios
  • Evernote- https://evernote.com
  • Plex - https://plex.tv
  • Backblaze - https://www.backblaze.com
  • WTF Podcast - http://www.wtfpod.com/app
  • MiniHack - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/minihack-for-hacker-news/id631108846?mt=8
  • Uber - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/uber/id368677368?mt=8
  • Goodreads - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/goodreads-book-recommendations/id355833469?mt=8
  • Notify4M - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/notify4m/id499161979?mt=8
  • Bandcamp - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bandcamp/id706408639?mt=8
  • Hype Machine - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/hype-machine/id414315986?mt=8
  • Nuzzel (Only got onto this today) - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nuzzel-news-from-your-friends/id692285770?mt=8
  • Alien Blue - http://www.reddit.com/r/alienblue

##Software / SysAdmin or DevOps Specific:

  • Gitlab - http://gitlab.org
  • Gitlab-CI - https://about.gitlab.com/gitlab-ci
  • Dash - http://kapeli.com/dash
  • PostgreSQL (Makes my list every year & just keeps getting better) - http://www.postgresql.org
  • PGBadger - http://dalibo.github.io/pgbadger
  • Docker - https://www.docker.com
  • Consul - https://consul.io
  • Puppet (I couldn’t do my job as well without it) - http://puppetlabs.com
  • iTerm - http://iterm2.com
  • Nginx - http://nginx.org
  • Htop - http://hisham.hm/htop
  • Bonnie++ - http://linux.die.net/man/8/bonnie++
  • Openfire - https://www.igniterealtime.org/projects/openfire
  • Hiera-Eyaml - https://github.com/TomPoulton/hiera-eyaml
  • Rubinius - http://rubini.us
  • Puma - http://puma.io
  • XenServer - http://xenserver.org
  • ElasticSearch - www.elasticsearch.org
  • Logstash - http://logstash.net
  • FPM - https://github.com/jordansissel/fpm
  • PFsense - https://www.pfsense.org
  • Debian Jessie (Not quite released but the next great version of the best linux Distro IMO) - https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie
  • Check_MK Multisite - https://mathias-kettner.de/checkmk_multisite.html
  • PWSafe - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pwsafe-password-safe-compatible/id520993579?mt=12
  • Supervisord - http://supervisord.org

##Websites:

  • Last.fm - http://www.last.fm/user/sammcj2000
  • Feedly - https://feedly.com
  • HackerNews - https://news.ycombinator.com/news
  • Lucidchart - http://lucidchart.com/
  • MondoTunes (Might be a little biased here!) - http://mondotunes.org

##Hardware:

  • Das Ultimate 4- http://www.daskeyboard.com
  • Logitech Performance MX - http://www.logitech.com/en-au/product/performance-mouse-mx
  • 15’’ Macbook Pro Retina - http://www.apple.com/au/macbook-pro
  • iPhone 6+ (because its bigger than bigger, or something) - https://www.apple.com/iphone-6
  • CuBox - http://www.solid-run.com/product/cubox-i4pro
  • Parani SD1000 Bluetooth Serial Adapter - http://www.senaindustrial.com/products/industrial_bluetooth/sd1000.php
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171999

##Other / Non-tech:

  • All Day Socks - http://alldaysocks.com
  • Sennheiser Amperior On-Ear Headphones - http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-amperior-on-ear-headphones
  • O2 + ODAC - http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo
  • Benchmark DAC1 HDR - http://benchmarkmedia.com/products/benchmark-dac1-hdr-digital-to-analog-converter
  • Bellroy Wallets - http://bellroy.com
  • Ink Shoes - http://www.inkshoes.it
  • Kindle Paperwhite - http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/feature.html?docId=3077740006
  • Nerf Jolt - http://nerf.wikia.com/wiki/Jolt_EX-1

##Books:

  • The Phoenix Project (Reread this year for the 3rd time) - http://itrevolution.com/books/phoenix-project-devops-book
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman! - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5544.Surely_You_re_Joking_Mr_Feynman_
  • The Dark Tower Series - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43615.The_Gunslinger
  • Snow Crash - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/830.Snow_Crash