The blogosphere does a thing again. This time we talk about defaults, like default sofware that you use. But you can also write about your default headphones if you want. I am not the boss of you!

I follow’s blog and found this great idea of “app defaults”. The idea is to list your main tools for several categories like Cloud storage, Mail client, Podcatcher etc. It’s apparently based on the podcast Hemispheric Views 097 - Duel of the Defaults!.

So I started listening to it and pretty quick the trio was setting the rule, that this whole idea means “defaults for apple-based systems”. That stopped me for a second, my main work horse is a windows machine, but you know what? I don’t care ๐Ÿ˜ I like this idea so much, that I’m printing my defaults here anyway. I’m also adding a few others that came to mind.

Category Desktop Mobile
๐Ÿ“จ Mail Server 1
๐Ÿ“จ Mail Client Mozilla Thunderbird Apple Mail
๐Ÿ“ Notes Notepad++ Apple Notes with iCloud
โœ… To-Do - Apple Reminders with iCloud2
๐Ÿ“ท Photo Shooting Fujifilm X-T3 ๐Ÿ˜ Apple Camera
๐Ÿ“ท Photo Management Windows Photos with iCloud Apple Photos with iCloud
๐Ÿ“† Calendar client - Tiny Calendar
๐Ÿ“† Calendar server - Apple iCloud
โ˜๏ธ Cloud file storage Nextcloud Nextcloud (& iCloud ๐Ÿค”)
๐Ÿ“ฐ RSS Nextcloud News Nextnews
๐Ÿ“‡ Contacts - Apple Contacts with iCloud
๐ŸŒ Browser Mozilla Firefox Apple Safari
๐Ÿ’ฌ Chat Discord Discord
๐Ÿ’ฌ Messaging Signal Signal
๐Ÿ”– Bookmarks Nextcloud Bookmarks Floccus
๐Ÿ“– Read It Later Nextcloud Bookmarks Floccus
๐Ÿ“ Word Processing Notepad++ Apple Notes with iCloud
๐Ÿ“ Spreadsheets LibreOffice Calc -
๐Ÿ“ Presentations - -
๐Ÿ›’ Shopping Lists - Apple Reminders with iCloud
๐Ÿœ Meal Planning โ€“ -
๐Ÿ’ธ Budgeting & Personal Finance Online Banking3 Online Banking App
๐Ÿ“ฐ News Nextcloud News Nextnews & Mastodon
๐ŸŽถ Music Spotify4 Spotify
๐ŸŽค Podcasts - Pocket Casts
๐Ÿ” Password Management 1Password5 1Password
๐Ÿ”Ž Search engine DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo
๐Ÿ‘พ Code Editor VSCodium -
๐Ÿ’ป Terminal MobaXterm -
๐Ÿ•น๏ธ Gaming library Steam -

  1. It even comes with a “bring-your-own-domain” service ↩︎

  2. I’m currently trying a physical bullet journal parallel, but I don’t know if I can keep this up in the long run. The mobile phone is so damn convenient. ↩︎

  3. I used Firefly III in the past, but my bank introduced budgeting and categories, therefore I don’t need a third-party tool anymore. ↩︎

  4. I’m in the process of cancelling the service and switching back to the good old CDs. Once digitized I’m probably going to use Apple iTunes / Apple Music to sync the files to my iPhone. (Blog post already in the works.) ↩︎

  5. I’m also migrating away from 1Password to Vaultwarden, a fork of Bitwarden↩︎