Here's What I Use
I decided to record what I use on a daily basis, both for personal use and in my day job. Many other folks I follow have written up the same, so why not?
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Hardware is a broad term. I'm going to consider anything I can physically touch as hardware.
- Laptop: 2020 Macbook Air M1 - 16G Memory / 2T Storage
- Blog post to come.
- Monitor: Dell 27" that I'm borrowing from work.
- I have my eye on a curved monitor, but I haven't completely decided on it.
- Keyboard: Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
- an 80% Ten Keyless (TKL) with Gateron Low Profile Brown switches.
- Mouse: Elecom Wired Finger-operated Trackball
- I try to refrain from using amazon links, but the Elecom site doesn't have the wired version.
- I've found that overuse of a normal mouse will hurt my wrist, so I switched over to trackball mice a few years back. This style of trackball I've found to be the most comfortable.
- Dock: OWC Thunderbolt Dock
- One cable to connect my monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power my machine.
- Monitor: ThinkVision M14 Portable Monitor
- This is an excellent second monitor, and with the passthrough power, I only have to take up only on port.
- Keyboard: Keychron K3 Ultra-slim Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
- a 75% layout with Optical Brown switches. Lighter and more compact than the K1.
- Mouse: Elecom Wireless Finger-operated Trackball Mouse
- The wireless version of above. Takes up the other USB-C port if I don't use a hub.
- Laptop Stand: BESIGN LS10 Aluminum Laptop Stand
- Raising the laptop screen to eye level saves my back.
- Backpack: Timbuk2 Tuck
- Not exactly what I have, but close.
- Power: Batpower 98Wh ProE 2 ES7B 26800mAh Power Bank
- During my "Windows revival" days, I used a Surface Pro X, it was the closest thing to an iPad while still being "Whoo! Windows!". To stay portable, I found this battery pack. I eventually came to my senses.
- This battery pack and charger gives me a heapin' helpin' of USB ports, plus a USB-C adapter allows me to charge my MacBook
- Nintendo Switch: I played some video games in the past, but nothing really appealed to me. Until I got a Switch and played my first Pokemon game, Sheld. My partner introduced me to Persona and JRPG, and I found that those are the games that really apeal to me.
- Valve Steam Deck: When I read the announcement, it really played to my Linux sensibilities. The only Steam account I had at the time was the one my son uses, plus the one I created to play only one game. Yet, I still purchased one. I have a few more games, but it's not the first thing I reach for. The Switch is still more portable.
- iPhone 14 Pro Max: My 50th birthday gift to myself. The battery life is great, I can usually go more than a day before I have to charge it. It's the first time I haven't had to worry about my phone dying since I've had a dumb phone. The performance is fantastic, and the camera takes fantastic photos.
- 12" iPad Pro: My partner had upgraded to a newer iPad, so I got her hand-me-down. It's not my primary device, but I like using it for following recipes, and watching shows.
- Apple TVs: When I went all in on Apple, I went all in. 😂 The Apple TV in my office is my music player, streaming device, and I use it to stream my workouts from my phone. Apple TVs have been spotted in the living room and basement.
- Apple Watch SE: All though I like the newer watches, the first generation SE still works just fine. I originally got it for notifications, but once I started my workouts, it's even more valuable to me.
- Beats Fit Pro: I think one of the biggest advantages to being all in on Apple is that the hardware is controlled by them, this included the headphones. Reading Chris singing their praises I grabbed a pair on sale and I'm glad I did. I added some Comply Foam eartips, and I can wear these for hours without discomfort.
This will not be a complete list, but it's the ones I use most often.
- Jetbrains IntelliJ IDEA: Some times I fall for the advertising. PHPStorm generally fit the bill, but as a future blog post will show, I'm trying to broaden my dev horizons. In my day job, step debugging is a requirement for me, Jetbrains has never failed me.
- Sublime Text: For when I want the dev experience, but not a full blown IDE. Sublime is much faster to launch, and I can open from the command line.
- TablePlus: For all your SQL needs.
- Fork: Most of my git usage is with my IDE or command line, but sometimes a good GUI app helps deal with the more sticky git situations.
- Dash: This is my main reference for the WordPress Developer Resources, and for the other languages I'm interested in.
- DevUtils: I've barely scratched the surface of what this app can do. I mostly use it for Lorem text filler, but there are tons of text manipulation and conversion tools.
- massCode: I'm reducing my Github useage, which includes Gists. massCode gives me the ability to store my snippets.
- Raycast: I've replaced the MacOS Spotlight with Raycast. It is also my clipboard manager, window manager, and alt-tab. Via extensions, Raycast hooks into Dash, DevUtils, and massCode
- Kitty Terminal: I've used iTerm and Terminal, but kitty works for me. It's not without it's quirks, ssh requires a "kitten", but for now, it's cool for me.
- Wavebox: Wavebox is what I use for my "web applications". For work, email and various sites that I need that isn't for development. For personal, email as well, but also all of my financial sites (YNAB, credit cards, etc.).
- Agenda: I've tried many "dump your brain here" apps, but I've stuck with Agenda. It's mostly for sites and capturing what I want to come back to, or research.
- Reeder: My RSS reader of choice, with Feedbin as the provider.
- Mela: Made by the same folks as Reeder, it's what I use to store all of my recipes. It has a very clean layout and the neatest part of it is that you can subscribe to food blogger sites and get just the recipes without all the preamble.