Uses

I’ve spent some time browsing everyone else’s uses page for new tools, so I figured it was time to share my own!


Updated: Feb. 8, 2020

Hardware

  • iPhone 11: This thing is an ergonomic nightmare!
  • Mid-2014, 15 inch MacBook Pro: Still going strong, although I’ve worn right through the key!
    (Previously: Mid-2011, Early-2008, Late-2004 13-inch iBook)
  • Dell 27″ 4K Monitor (P2715Q): For doing serious work. But if I’m honest, I’m usually just on the couch with my laptop.
  • Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop: I’ll probably replace these with something more reliable in the future.
  • Rain Design mStand: I’ve had this one for over a decade and still love it!
  • Airpods (second generation)

Development

  • WordPress: My go-to CMS
  • Vue: My go-to front-end framework
  • Build tools:
  • Visual Studio Code: Dark theme with Fira Code
  • GitHub Desktop: While simple, it works well enough for the time being.
  • Safari: For browsing
  • Firefox: For development
  • Edge: For testing
  • Terminal: Using zsh now on macOS Catalina, and I’ve yet to see a reason to change back to bash.
  • Sequel Pro: I don’t love it, but it usually works well enough.
  • Docker (Compose): Even for simple containers, I generally keep a docker-compose file in all my project folders as a way to simplify bringing up a development environment.
  • Charles Proxy: For API debugging (ok: snooping)
  • 1Password: Absolutely indispensable, not only for development but for life! I have a decade’s worth of passwords, licenses, notes and more in here.
  • Transmit: All the polish you expect from a well-designed Mac app. And it keeps me from having to install Dropbox!

Misc. Software

Just some other of my favourites that I can’t not mention.

  • Things: I do try to stay organized
  • YNAB: A new experiment in managing family finances
  • Firefly III: For long-term finance tracking
  • Plex: For organizing my media

Personal Gear


Home Server

Current: Rasbperry Pi 3b, Rasbian Linux and a few external USB drives

In Progress: (Feb. 2020)

  • Motherboard: Super micro X10SL7-F
  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220L v3 (low power)
  • RAM: 8GB ECC
  • OS: Ubuntu

Web Server

  • Ubuntu 18.04 hosted on LunaNode m.2 VPS
  • Apache/MariaDB/PHP 7 FPM