On Episode 097 of my podcast Hemispheric Views we held a Duel of the Defaults! competition. Jason and Martin fought head-to-head to see who used the most default apps on macOS. As I was the compere and judge of the competition, it wasn’t for me to speak of my choices during the show.

For the sake of the record, and to follow some of our loyal listeners who have blogged their defaults, here is my list:

  • Mail Client: Apple Mail & Fastmail Web App (plus MailMate)
  • Mail Server: Fastmail & Apple Mail
  • Notes: Obsidian (plus Agenda & Apple Notes)
  • To-Do: OmniFocus
  • iPhone Photo Shooting: Camera.app
  • Photo Management: Photos.app
  • Calendar: BusyCal (plus Calendar.app)
  • Cloud file storage: iCloud (plus OneDrive)
  • RSS: Reeder with FreshRSS
  • Contacts: Contacts.app
  • Browser: Safari (plus Arc)
  • Chat: Signal
  • Bookmarks: GoodLinks
  • Read It Later: Readwise Reader (will be moving back to Omnivore)
  • Word Processing: Pages
  • Spreadsheets: Numbers (plus Excel)
  • Presentations: Keynote
  • Shopping Lists: AnyList
  • Meal Planning: AnyList
  • Budgeting & Personal Finance: YNAB
  • News: Apple News (plus ABC RSS feed)
  • Music: Apple Music
  • Podcasts: Overcast
  • Password Management: 1Password

I encourage you to join in the fun, both by blogging your defaults and listening to our show.

2023-11-05 Update with Score

On Mastodon, Jarrod Blundy asked about my score.

I’ve calculated it to be 38!