My Tech: What I Use

My Tech: What I Use
February 04 01:33 2011

I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time – highlighting the tech I use on a regular basis. This is a “living post” and will continue to evolve as I add/subtract items (I am an early adopter so I’m frequently rotating product and selling the old stuff on Gazelle).

If you have suggestions, questions or recommendations for my next piece of tech – or if you’re an organization looking to have your technology given an un-biased review – send me a note.

Note: I have not been compensated by any vendor/provider for this post – I’m just listing the stuff I use and think is cool !


  • Apple MacBook Air | 11″ | 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo | 2GB RAM | 120GB SSD HDD
  • iPhone 4 | 16GB | Verizon (I’m sticking with the 4 and not upgrading to the 4S just yet)
  • iPad 2 | 16GB | WiFi (I tether using my iPhone if ever in a jam for connectivity)
  • Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One printer
  • Logitech Revue: Google TV with Dish Network integration
  • External Storage: AcomData 350GB MiniPal | Western Digital 1TB My Passport Portable
  • Apple Bluetooth keyboard
  • Netgear N300 wireless router


  • Postbox: Cross-platform (Mac/PC) email client
  • Apple Mail – I love Postbox, but I’m cheap. The recent update to v3 requires us to pay for the update
  • Seesmic: iPhone, web and desktop social aggregator client
  • Until Microsoft releases v5 of Silverlight Seesmic doesn’t work on Macs running Lion (not good, thus back to TweetDeck as a desktop client and TweetBot as my iPhone client)
  • Evernote
  • Adobe Creative Suite CS5
  • WordPress CMS | primarily using StudioPress and the Genesis Theme Framework
  • Clicky: Real-time web analytics | Chartbeat real-time analytics
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari (decided to go purely Apple)
  • FileZilla: FTP client
  • UStream
  • SpreeCast | Stickam – haven’t completely finalized on a video platform just yet (waiting for the awesome updates expected out of SpreeCast soon)
  • Mint
  • MailChimp
  • Plancast
  • Instapaper
  • CoveritLive: Liveblogging Platform
  • BigDoor: Website gamification (the “check-in and sharing bars you see at the bottom of our sites)
  • Livefyre: Interactive blog conversation platform – drop everything else you may be use for online comments – this is the one you want PERIOD !
  • Skype
  • Jing: screen capture utility

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Gadgets | Misc

  • Nikon D3100 DSLR: 14 Megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor | 1080p HD video | 18-55mm standard zoom | 32GB Class 10 SDHC high speed SD
  • Powermat: Wireless charging mat, receiver and case (unfortunately the portable charging station gave out and stopped working; however I’m still using the desktop charger)
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Sony Playstation 3 w/ 600GB HD
  • Samsung 61″ DLP: HL-S6187W
  • SlingBox Solo: TV place-shifting
  • ZaggMate: Aluminum iPad case/keyboard
  • Bose 3-2-1 GS Series III home entertaining system
  • XM Satellite Radio


  • Pagely: Premium WordPress hosting
  • Klout: Social media influence and reach measurement (Twitter and Facebook)
  • Surewest internet (15 Mbps up/down)
  • Dropbox: Cloud storage
  • AT&T Wireless: iPhone and iPad cellular service
  • Verizon Wireless – I got tired of not being able to use my devices so had to leave AT&T (Yes, I can hear you now!!)
  • Dish Network

[my original inspiration for this post comes from webpreneur Paul Stamatiou | Last Updated: July 4, 2011]

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James Hicks
James Hicks

James is the Founder and Chief Technologist of HicksNewMedia, a technology consulting and digital publishing firm providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to utilize all things on the interweb. Follow him on Twitter | | Facebook | Google+

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