TechReccs

Just Some Stuff I love.

I may link my review of a product if I have made one if not just the Stuff I use :).

They are free or freemium unless noted otherwise.

Remember to use Chocolatey, Choco install “program name” -y

  • Capture One– Better than Lightroom in almost every way.
  • Chocolatey-A package manager for windows.The greatest thing since sliced bread.
  • Ditto– Clipboard manager
  • EMCO Unlock-It– Do you ever have a pesky file that wont delete(locked by the system)? This will take care of it.
  • Everything-Search for anything on your pc instantly.
  • Fences by Stardock-a desktop organization utility (Stardock has a bunch of useful utilities this is personally my favorite)
  • Groupy – Browser like tabs for all programs (file explorer is now usable).
  • IDM-I never thought I needed one until I started using it.
  • Iobit Uninstaller-Powerful uninstaller watch out for added programs it will try to install (Also I highly recommend staying away from Advanced System Care)
  • Kdenlive – Great mid tier video editor.
  • Laragon– local WordPress development-easier than wamp very similar resource usage
  • Mailbird – Performance has improved so I have moved back to it for Windows. Has built in tracking and looks nice.
  • Mailspring-super fast, cross-platform, opensource and pretty mail client Using for linux only now read above Mailbird.
  • NoMacs Image Viewer- The best image viewer for windows.
  • Quicklook– Brings the quick-look feature from OSX to Windows, it’s awesome.
  • ShareX-A screenshot utility-I doubted it until I tried it. A must-have.
  • Simplewall– A firewall that lets you block based on service, not just entire apps. Awesome app, take control of your computer’s internet usage.
  • Syncback-File syncing utility-I finally purchased the pro and the versioning is amazing.
  • Superf4-Alt f4 that always works (by stopping the foreground process)(may interfere with certain games performance)
  • Teracopy – replaces windows file copier-its much faster.
  • WinAuth-Two factor verification on your pc.Great for non-smarphone users.
  • WizTree- WinDirStat: just way faster. A disk space visualizer.
  • Xmeters-beautiful system monitoring taskbar widget
  • Youtube DLG-If you never heard of Youtube-DL, its the best Youtube downloader no contest. This is a gui for Youtube-DL on Windows.

  • Bitwarden – Replaces Lastpass, fully open source with multiple device support.
  • Fika-An amazing reader mode with anchor links to paragraphs
  • Honey– Automatically finds the best coupons.
  • Momentum-I love this homepage replacement stunning images and lots of integrations.
  • UblockOrigin-A lightweight customizable ad blocker (not Ublock.org)
  • Url-Render -A web browsing game changer.Preview web pages from results of your favorite search engine

  • Bobble Tech-a cool small tech blog- has a techreccs as well as the ultimate Thinkpad buyers guide.
  • Colorise-an AI to color your black and white Images.
  • Fiverr– get random stuff done for a few bucks.
  • LMGTFY the site for all those people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question, rather than google it for themselves. Another one is Just Fucking Google It.
  • spa.mnesty.com – Meet the bot that stops scammers by wasting their time.
  • Specs Dictionary– A dictionary of all the most pertinent GPU / video card terminology
  • Spotifeed-Convert spotify podcasts to a standard RSS feed. In other words get the Joe Rogan Show withought using Spotify.
  • Tweakhound-The ultimate windows tweak site. No crap.

  • AM-Prelease – A tracker blocker- not sure if root only. Try it, its the best. Here is the download, here is Telegram
  • Arktube-youtube-dl for android.The best YouTube down-loader finally on android.
  • Battery Guru-A good alternative to BBS and Accubattery. Ignore the doze features IMO.
  • Caffeinate-Pretty much the same as any other platform keeps the screen on for a set period of time.
  • Disk usage-like Windirsat for Android,(A easy to use disk usage viewer/visualizer)
  • Drastic – The best Nintendo DS emulator
  • Energy Bar-a battery bar that’s always on top of the screen super-useful.
  • EZ-Gallery-from the devs of fstop photo gallery this
  • Feedly-a beautiful RSS style reader
  • IME-My telegram client of choice. Built in translation and pretty.
  • Joey for Reddit– I kinda just grok this app and its fully-featured and customizable.Not as nice as infinity for Reddit listed in archives.
  • Media Volume Only– Replacing rocker locker due to rocker lockers major hit on battery this app locks your volume keys to media volume through a more battery-friendly method
  • Niagra Launcher– absolutely incredible I recommend pro.Full review coming soon.
  • Poweramp-My music offline player of choice.
  • Poweramp EQ– Finally a good non-root EQ – I highly recommend using the ADB command for enhanced player tracking- So good I stopped using Viper.
  • Snapseed-a awesome simple but powerful photo editor with raw support and great highlight recovery.
  • Spark-My current favorite email client.
  • Stremio-Stream Torrents with a legit play store app
  • Talon for Twitter– a super smooth material designed twitter client with constant updates.
  • Textra-A super customizable text messenger the fastest I have used in terms of switching between conversations and searching
  • Tick Tick – My to do list of choice has browser and windows apps as well.
  • Via browser– Best chromium browser.Also did i mention it has freaking find (ctrl-f) functionality.Chrome has become a bloated mess on android so use this.
  • Youtube Vanced -Youtube with awesome extra features like dark mode force VP-9 video codec for better quality with less data ad-block and background playback

Root Only

  • Ad-Away– use system-less mode via Magisk- turn off reboot after every update
  • NL-Sound – Use with viper on Xiaomi Phones for an incredible audio quality boost.
  • Swift Backup-Backup your apps on a schedule-Like titanium backup just a nice intuitive UI and SAPK support.
  • Trimmer-Run trim on your phones memory.

  • Accidental Tech Podcast -My current favorite tech podcast news, listener input, and some good old-fashioned banter.
  • Hackable– big company podcast usually suck McAfee’s software sucks. But for some reason, this podcast is just pure awesome. Currently my favorite podcast.
  • Reset-A weekly podcast that covers a lot of different things but mostly home networking, storage, and automation.
  • Tech Vets -Carey Holzman and Mike Smith go through the week’s news and hardcore in the field info.
  • The mike tech show -Mike Smith goes through topics that happened in his It work of that week. Super useful real-world info.
  • Twit network-Leo Laporte and crew. The president of the internet and pioneer in podcast/videocasts.tweakhound.com
  • What The Tech -Paul Thurrot is in this (cohost Andrew Zarian ) nuff said. Make sure you follow Paul on twitter @Thurrot.
  • Darknet Diaries-“True stories from the dark side of the Internet.” Love this so much.

  • Airfrex Bt Adapter– A rebrand of the Maceton M4u (without Aptx unfortunately). My favorite sub $50 adapter. Reveiw coming soon.
  • Amazon Kindle– I have a really old one that works great. Highly recommended since its a single purpose distraction-free device.Highly recommend you get one of these to go with it.
  • Anker AUX Cable  -this is in my opinion ankers best cable period. I have never felt such a good audio cable. Pliable thick no kinks super reinforced, just perfect.
  • I have these two Anker power banks they are both 10,000 Mah one is metal so more durable, one is plastic so it’s way lighter and smaller. Metal , Plastic
  • And these “Wall Warts” (anyone have a better name, shoot me an email). Single , Double .
  • Anker Soundcore Nano – I use this as a shower speaker and hang it from within the shower. Not officially waterproof but I have soaked it. Battery life on full blast metal and rock is only about 30 min, But listening to podcasts in an average size bedroom at 70 percent volume is room-filling and will last 3 hrs or so. This speaker’s audio quality is incredible for its size and gets louder than most speakers 3x its size. I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Anker Soundcore Space-my review here

I can comfortably recommend any Anker charging product from my personal and friends experiences.

  • Huion 680s tablet-An off-brand Wacom been awesome for 5+ years. Not sure what the closest replacement one is but people seem to love the brand in general.
  • Hp Elite Display S140– A portable lcd display. Second display OTG.(use the Screenbright utility for changing brightness the manufacturer’s driver isn’t supported on  Windows Ten )
  • Speakers I have the JBL Jembe which you can usually get for super inexpensive over here. They are good for MSRP but they are incredible for the price you can usually get them for($20-30).
  • KZ ES4-Just wow, chi-fi at its best.Needs new tips and cables though.Review coming soon.
  • Lenovo Thinkpad x230-Pop_OS! +SSD + extended-battery = bliss
  • LG V20-Full review here – Currently my Dap- See Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Nad Viso HP-50 -relatively light closed back headphones, impressive isolation, warm and smooth yet still detailed.
  • OONTZ angle 3- The best rated BT speaker on Amazon. And for one time the masses are correct.
  • Philips shp9500 headphones – Lightweight super comfortable open-back incredible imaging flat frequency response but a lack of bass under 100 Hz(eq helps a bit) (review coming soon)
  • Popsocket– Don’t knock it till you try it. Put it slightly off-center to have two kickstand variations.
  • I use a Razer Taipan mostly because I got it on sale as well as it is small enough for me to use in a palm and claw grip.(my hands are tiny) Customizable and works well for me.
  • Spinfit Tips-If your IEM (earbud) doesn’t fit properly it won’t isolate or provide its best sound quality. After using foams for years i tried these and I don’t see myself going back.I have these ones specifically.
  • Steelseries QCK Mousepad-A recent purchase wanted something smaller than my previous that was also thicker. Tracking is amazing, size is perfect for what I need now.
  • TP-Link T9UH-an incredible Wi-Fi adapter highly recommended.

  • Aeropress-A great method for making coffee, though I wish they made a bigger version.
  • CoffeeGator French Press-A massive inexpensive super high-quality metal french press.

Archive

  • Dingless-No longer needed on current rom -keeps notifications sound off as long as your screen is on. (seems to be broken on Android 8+ use MacroDroid instead)
  • Firefox Preview -Still good just sticking with via -My current favorite browser, the fastest I found on android.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad W530-full review coming soon. (i7-3740qm, 24gb ram, crucial 525gb SATA SSD, 750 GB HDD, Quadro k2000m,Egpu being worked on)-No longer have it but still recommended.
  • Lux Auto Brightness-No longer needed on new phone/rom -auto brightness that’s customizable i can’t live without it-non root only
  • Local by Flywheel -Wamp just easy to use(Laragon is more resource efficient and basically as easy to use.
  • Microsoft Outlook– I never thought I would say this.The best looking and functioning email client in my opinion. On a separate note Microsofts Android apps recently have been best in class.
  • Infinity for Reddit – as I get into Reddit more it’s not fully functional yet in a lot of areas will probably switch back in the future.
  • OH Browser–Waiting for Lastpass integration and first tab open to foreground tab open tab.(OH Browser (one-handed)-I cant tell you how much I love this browser. One-handed,gestures,fluid UI,frequent updates,overview mode.Just get it. )
  • MixPlorer-currently using fx
  • Shadow Weather-Using built-in Niagra weather no use for it anymore -too some time but finally landed on a weather app that I love all aspects of. Stunning design enough info but not too much. And great weather sources.
  • Wox (needs Everything plugin)-A finder like search tool for Windows-Listary has replaced both Wox and everything
  • Still recommended just at my parent’s house and not currently in use. The Velocifire keyboard I use in my desktop setup It’s a well built inexpensive mechanical keyboard backlighting is nice, the overall tactile response is very good worth the 10-15 bucks more than a stock keyboard.
  • Plenary-My new rss reader of choice to get rid of Feedly. Still testing. Doesn’t do what I need it to.

LastPass-My password manager of choice (Mobile and Desktop apps also Available) Lastpass changed their free tier to only one device. Moved to Bitwarden which is open source.

  • James-DSP -LG quad Dac phone equalizer -Replaced by non root Poweramp EQ
  • Listary– Search and launcher in one.Replaces Wox and Everything but has in folder search functionality.-Went back to everything ui was to annoying
  • Irfanveiw-A great fast free image viewer.Grab the extensions for tiff while you’re at it.-Has been replace by NoMacs