Inspired by uses.tech, I have written up my current setup. I will try to keep this post updated as things change.
- Bamboo Motion-X Board by UPLIFT Desk
- Blue Steelcase Gesture Office Chair
- Everlasting Comfort Office Foot Rest
- Office Owl Caster Wheels for Desk Chairs
- Supercope Cup Holder Clip
- UPLIFT Bamboo Standing Desk
- UPLIFT Big Standard Keyboard Tray - Bamboo with Quick Adjust Mechanism
- iPad Pro - This is my main machine, to be honest. I use it for everything, yes even coding.
- Custom PC - This is my default desk experience when I am not working. I enjoy the new Windows 11.
- MacBook Pro - I basically just use this for work, building the iOS/macOS builds of my apps, or Facetime.
- Surface Pro 6 - I picked up the Surface a while back and it still runs great and is a quick portable way to bring a Windows machine with me. It’s great for low spec gaming too.
The Input Club
- Blue Portico75 Keyboard - A 75% keyboard with a knob and a USB-C port.
- Kensington VeriMark USB Fingerprint Key - This is finicky but when it works it’s pretty cool.
- Kone XP - I wanted to try out a gaming mouse and this seemed like the perfect place to start. It’s light and has automatic profile switching between apps and games.
- Logitech MX Ergo - I learned during quarantine that my hand starts to hurt after long periods of using a regular mouse. The MX Vertical is great but I’ve wanted to try a trackball mouse for a while.
- Stream Deck - The answer to the question, “omg where is the hang up button on Zoom?!” It’s right there, on a physical button.
The Audio Video Club
- Alienware 34” 120Hz Ultrawide Monitor - AW3420DW - Not a fan of Alienware, but I fell in love with the ultrawide form factor and wanted something that could handle high framerates.
- Audio-Technica AT2020 XLR Microphone
- Behringer UMC204HD Audio Interface
- FiiO BTR5 Bluetooth and USB-C DAC - No headphone jack on the iOS devices anymore, so lets add it back through Bluetooth.
- Hatsune Miku Edition TASCAM VL-S3BT Speakers
- Opal C1 - This camera is pretty slick and in early beta. I hope to one day use it with Windows as well as Mac. As of this writing it runs 105°F when it’s not in use, the software is lacking, and it only works in Zoom and Chrome.
- Pokémon Center × Grado Labs Pikachu Headphones - Thic cable, amazing sound, wearing all day leads to them getting a little uncomfortable, but they have a Pikachu on them so it’s five stars all around. And hey, approved by DankPods.
- RAZER Kiyo Camera w/ Ring Light - Not a fan of Razer, but it solved a lighting issue for me. Where I cannot use the Opal C1, I will use this camera.
- Samson SR850 Headphones with Brainwavz Cooling Gel Earpads - Long cable, amazing sound, and with the replacement earpads they are the most comfortable headphones I own. Great for all day wear. Also recommended by DankPods!
- 1Password - Use a password manager. Use unique passwords. Use two-factor auth. Just do it, already.
- Affinity Designer - A full Illustrator experience on all of my devices, even iPad. No subscription fees.
- Affinity Photo - A full Photoshop experience on all of my devices, even iPad. No subscription fees.
- Fantastical - Not available on Windows. Fantastical merges a variety of calendars and todo lists together with custom views and natural language processing.
- Microsoft Edge - Another Chromium based browser but without all the Google stuff. Tab napping to save resources on tabs you aren’t using is a huge plus.
- Obsidian - A customizable library of Markdown files you can optionally apply end-to-end encryption to and sync.
- VS Code - A fast and reliable code editor that is extendible. Runs on any platform either natively or in the web browser.
- Blink Shell - SSH and Mosh support, now with the ability to mount SSH connections to the Files app, and the ability to launch VS Code.
- Day One - Keeping a journal is a rewarding way to see how far you’ve come and remember important events in your life.
- Inspect Browser - Inspect Element for iOS, not as full featured but the best and most reliable I’ve found.
- Working Copy - Git on iOS and it works with other apps.
- PowerToys - There are so many features in here I love but I use FancyZones the most to move windows around in predetermined positions on my screen.
- Velocity - This is like Dash for Mac but on Windows. It stores a variety of documentation for programming offline where you can easily search it for what you’re looking for.
- Alfred - Quickly perform tasks, find apps and files, and manage your clipboard history.
- Bartender - Everyone wants to be in the macOS menu bar. Hide those distractions.
- Dash - Stores coding documentation offline where you can search it for what you’re looking for.
- Hazel - Monitors files and performs actions when certain conditions are met. For example, I have a folder of Markdown files that will automatically commit itself to a Git repository when there are changes.
- ImageOptim - Please don’t throw images up online without making sure their file size is as small as it can be without reducing image quality.
- iStat Menus - What company spyware is causing my Mac to be so slow? Oh it’s probably just Docker. I hate it when Docker eats all available resources when it’s idle.
- iTerm - A terminal that I can split the views in half vertically or horizontally. I swear I don’t use most of what this offers.
- Keyboard Maestro - Set up custom actions on your Mac. I use it to extend what my Steam Deck can do.
- Loopback - This is also primarily for the Steam Deck so I can play my annoying soundboard during work meetings.
- Shush - This app hasn’t been updated in sooooo long and I fear for the day it stops working. It’s a great way to toggle the mute on your microphone or have a cough button.
VS Code Extensions
- change-case - There is nothing like a handy way to convert which case your text or variables are.
- Code Spell Checker - Never spend another hour trying to debug code that would work if didn’t make that typo.
- GitHub Copilot - This pair programmer’s inteligence is like magic, but it does pay to keep an eye on it so it stays on track.
- GitHub Pull Requests and Issues - Create and review PRs without having to find what your looking for in GitHub.
- Live Share - Invite someone you trust to code along side you each from the comfort of each other’s own VS Code.
- Remote Development - I use this for connecting to a Windows Subsystem for Linux quite often, but it’s also great for working over SSH.
- Sort lines - Like casing, there’s nothing like a quick way to remove duplicates from a list and sort it at the same time.
- Turbo Console Log - Highlight text and press a keyboard shortcut to have your own easy to find console log. Each log is easily identifiable with an emoji, file name, and line number.
- Dark Reader - Outside of Safari, I use this to manually make bright websites that are hurting my eyes dark.
- DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials - no Mobile Safari support
- Magnet Links - Makes Magnet Links work with Put.io. I made this!
- React Developer Tools - No Safari support. This is for debugging React.
- Refined GitHub - Various customizations for GitHub to fill some gaps.
- Tabby Cat - No Safari support. Random cute cats in every tab.
- uBlock Origin - No Safari support. Blocks ads and trackers for your security.
- X to Y - Replace words in text or links with other text. I made this too!
- 1Blocker - Blocks ads and trackers for your security, even inside apps.
- Baking Soda - Replaces all video players (except YouTube, see Vinegar below) with a native video player where you can choose to have picture-in-picture or stop that annoying auto-play
- Noir - My preferred extension for applying dark mode to websites that haven’t implemented their own dark modes yet.
- Vinegar - Replaces YouTube video players with one that supports picture-in-picture and stops that annoying auto-play. (use with Baking Soda to make all video players play nice)