Chris Ledet's Blog

Thoughts on computer programming

New Side Project

I’ve been thinking a lot about what my new side project should be. My entire professional career resolves around making web apps, which I still enjoy doing. Ruby on Rails is a fantastic web framework and I love being able to write software in Ruby full-time. However for my next project I want to step out of my comfort zone.

Favorite Mac Apps

Sequel Pro

Sequel Pro is a free app for managing MySQL databases. Whether connecting to a local or remote server it can do it all. Sequel Pro is feature complete, native, and 100% open source. I have a hard time using other database platforms because I’m spoiled by this app.

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Any Mac veteran will know Pixelmator. Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured image editor. It’s fast because it takes advantage of the latest Mac APIs such as OpenCL and CoreImage. It has won several awards such as “Best App of Mac App Store” and “Apple Design Award”. If you’re looking for a better and cheaper alternative to Photoshop then look no further.

Purchase via App Store

iStat Menus

A system monitor in your menu bar. Beautifully designed and highly configurable. iStat Menus displays real-time CPU, memory, I/O, and network usage & activity. You can even view the activity history in a hourly, daily, and/or weekly graph.

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Carbon Copy Cloner

CCC is a backup utility. It not only saves your documents and programs but creates a fully bootable back disk. You can schedule backup tasks on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It backs up to hard drives, network shares or to disk images. Highly recommended.

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You can think of Soulver as a forward thinking calculator for the modern age. It’s a cross between a calculator and Microsoft Excel. Soulver can use words alongside your numbers to give them context. After installing Soulver, I haven’t had the need to open Excel or Numbers since.

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