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a Few of Our Engineer's Favorite Things

Jon Molina, Ytel |  
One of Ytel's stellar Engineers, Jon Molina, is on the blog today, sharing some go-to software, apps, resources and technology in his secret arsenal. We're excited to share this with Ask.Ytel readers to discover what uses everyone can find for some of these services. Take a peek and let us know what you think!

One of Ytel's stellar Engineers, Jon Molina, is on the blog today, sharing some go-to software, apps, resources and technology in his secret arsenal. We're excited to share this with Ask.Ytel readers to discover what uses everyone can find for some of these services. Take a peek and let us know what you think!

Virtual Private Server Providers

  • Vultr
    • Starting at $2.50 a month
    • What you get for $5 = 1 CPU Core / 1GB RAM / 25GB SSD / 1TB Bandwidth
    • Locations: Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Singapore, New York (NJ), Tokyo, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Sydney

  • DigitalOcean
    • Starting at $5.00 a month
    • What you get for $5 = 1 CPU Core / 512MB RAM / 20GB HDD / 1TB Bandwidth
    • Locations: New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Singapore, London, Frankfurt, Toronto, Bangalore

  • Linode
    • Starting at $5.00 a month
    • What you get for $5 = 1 CPU Core / 1GB RAM / 20GB SSD / 1TB Bandwidth
    • Locations: Newark, Atlanta, Dallas, Fremont, Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Tokyo

  • RamNode
    • Starting at $1.25 a month ($15/yr plan)
    • What you get for $5 = 1 CPU Core / 512MB RAM / 150GB HDD / 2TB Bandwidth
    • Locations: New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, Netherlands

WHERE I SHOP

I am a huge advocate for Amazon Prime, it's a game changer! If you haven't yet, seriously try out the trial. You get one to two-day free shipping, movie/TV/music streaming, unlimited photo backup (for up to 5 people), Prime Now (FREE two-hour delivery!!!), free Kindle Books, and so much more.

Monoprice - I get all my cables and earbuds here.

MONEY SAVERS

Digit - This thing has helped me save a great deal of money without me even really noticing it. Every day, Digit tries to move some money from your checking account to your Digit account. Digit never transfers more than you can afford, so you don't have to worry about over-drafting your account. Highly recommend if you would like to start saving some rainy day money without even thinking about it.

ELECTRONICS

Nexus 6P - Unfortunately, they no longer sell it, but a close second is the Google Pixel, a new release from Google.

Nvidia Shield TV - Best media system I have used in a long time. The last media console I had that was this good was a modded (hacked) Microsoft XBox... so it's been a while. I highly recommend it. It runs Android so it can pretty much do anything you could want or need.

Amazon Fire TV Stick - For $40, this provides a multitude of features for all your media needs. It runs Android so again, you can pretty much do everything an Android device can do. It's compact so it's great to take with you on a trip.

RESOURCES

TreeHouse - Treehouse is jam packed with videos covering anything you want to learn, from JavaScript basics to all sorts of business topics. Try it out if you are looking to learn something new.

Safari by O'Reilly Books - A fantastic resource for Books, Videos, and Online Workshops. It is a bit on the expensive side but well worth it when you see the resources po

NETWORKING EQUIPMENT


Eero - If you are sick of crappy WiFi in your home/small office just get an Eero, I fought with WiFi too long before getting this. Once I got the Eero installed, it I have not had one WiFi problem.

Ubiquiti Edge Router X - This $60 router is small but it's packed with the same features you would find in MOST enterprise routers.

SOFTWARE/ SERVICES

  • Google Chrome - One of the most advanced web browsers available today.
  • Slack - The new way to chat amongst a group of people.
  • Todoist - Advanced to-do list service.
  • Trello - Board, list, and card based for tasks, projects, and teams.
  • SublimeText - Versatile text editor
  • Spark - An awesome mac email client
  • EnPass - Cross Platform Password Manager
  • Twitter - 140 character social network
  • Plex - The only media player and library manager you will ever need
  • Spotify - Music for everyone!
  • Whatsapp - An application known worldwide that provides encrypted chat, Voice and Video calls all for free.
  • SetApp - Over 70+ apps for $9.99 a month and worth EVERY penny!

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About The Author

Jon Molina, Ytel

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Jon is one of our all star Engineers here at Ytel, where he specializes in Linux. He's passionate about technology and is always looking to learn and work with new tech, and enjoys sharing his findings with others.


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