I use a 2020 13″ M1 MacBook Pro as my primary computer. It has been quite amazing, even given the fact it’s a bit before its time with regard to compatibility. I’m impressed how snappy and responsive it feels so far.
It’s almost always plugged into a Dell P2715Q 27″ LCD monitor which, despite not having any USB-C ports, I’ve liked a lot.
I use wireless Keychron K2 which is not up to the standards of the enthusiasts I follow but a great entry-level mechanical keyboard. I previously used an old IBM Model M that’s almost as old as I am and an Apple Extended Keyboard II that I love the feel of but is impractical to connect to modern hardware.
I use a Apple Magic Mouse 2, which I just upgraded to from an Magic Mouse that I’ve had for years. I know many mock it, but I like it a lot. I tried a Logitech MX Master but couldn’t get used to the ergonomics.
I’ve used Visual Studio Code for all development since around 2017. I don’t use many of its advanced features, but have made a commitment to use the built in terminal and git integration more and it’s been pretty good!
I use the Source Code Pro font from Adobe which is free and open source.
Previously I used Sublime Text and TextMate (like everyone after DHH’s infamous screencast) and have given vim more tries than I can count.
I love these polygonal desktop wallpapers and use them both on my desktop and phone. I’ve been using them for so long, I regret I don’t remember where they came from:
In the Summer of 2020 I remodeled our smaller detached garage into an office I call The Shedquarters. It’s small at just over 200 ft² but just big enough for a desk, a fridge full of drinks, and some shelves. Quiet and peaceful, yet still close to home, it’s my favorite place to work.
I sit in a Herman Miller Mirra chair that I bought in 2010 and has served me well for hours a day ever since, they’ve even sent someone to my home twice to fix a cracked back free of charge!
My desk is a Jarvis standing desk by Fully that I don’t take advantage of enough throughout the day and wish was bigger.
I have way more notebooks than I could ever use, and am somehow always buying more. I typically keep a pad open on my desk, usually a Field Notes or a Rhodia spiral bound pad for quickly jotting things down. Dot grid, please. I have a similar obsession with pens. My current favorites are the Le Pen by Marvy Uchida and Pilot Razor Points.
I bought a Canon PRO-100 inkjet printer really cheap one time from B&H that can print beautiful 13″×19″ prints that, if it weren’t for Precision Colors inks, would be more far more expensive than just going to a lab. Red River Paper makes awesome stocks in lots of different sizes.
I try and scan every piece of paper that comes my way with a Fuji ScanSnap S1500M. Big props to them for continuing to support it through new releases of macOS! Right now I don’t have a very good filing solution other than OCR’ing PDFs into Dropbox.
I use an iPhone 14 Pro. I’ve owned pretty much all the iPhones, starting with the original back in 2007. I’ve felt the need to upgrade less and less as time goes on: maybe the differences are becoming less noticeable or maybe I’m just getting older. I love it and wish I didn’t glance at it so much.
Some of the apps I use on a regular basis.
Back when I had more free time I loved to shoot with a real camera. You know, setting up flashes, changing lenses, and so on. I upgraded a few times but I currently have a Canon T2i with a bunch of lenses.
But nowadays most of my photos are taken with an iPhone.
I grew up posting to Flickr for the world to see, but now most photos are private and stored in Apple and Google Photos.
After years of dealing with bad wi-fi from single routers I decided to take the plunge and invest in some prosumer-level network gear in the new house.
At the center is a UniFi Dream Machine from Ubiquiti. We have several in-wall access points (UAP-AC-IW) throughout the house and a UAP-AC-LR in the Shedquarters, connected via Cat6 run underground. The APs are powered via PoE by a US-8-60W switch.
Everything works together really well, of course, and the iOS app makes managing it and checking stats a breeze.
There is also a Synology DS918+ in the basement with 4 6TB drives. Like everyone else that raves about these, it has been a great experience. It has just enough power to run Plex Media Server and some Docker containers like Homebridge.