While I was interning, I had enough money to make my desk setup look sick as Wes and Scott would say. So some of the stuff below will change.
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Let’s start with my gear.
- 27” iMac, Retina 5K, late 2015
- I just bought this earlier this year and Apple updates it five months later. Oh well.
- iPhone XS Max 256gb, Gold 1
- iPad Pro 12.9” late 2018 256 gb
- This thing is a beast. Fast, and the industrial design is my favorite of Apple’s iPads to date.
- Brydge Keyboard for 2018 iPad Pro
- I’m really looking forward to this as I am thinking of moving a lot of small code edits and my blogging workflow to the new iPad.
- Apple Pencil
- Still trying to figure out a use for it. I use it for editing videos and podcasts currently.
- DAS Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac Clicky MX Blue Mechanical Switches
- I will never type on another iMac keyboard. Ever. I fly on the keyboard DEV loaned me during my internship. Not going back to desktop chicklet keys.
- Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK SonicPro Over-Ear High Res Headphones
- These things sound amazing. Seriously good upgrade over my previous Audio-Technica cans, the M50s.
- Plantronics BeatBack Pro wireless headphones
- Dylan Quiet Speace Q1 Wireless Headphones
- ANCHEER Ergonomic Office Chair with Black Mesh
- elago M2 Stand for Smartphones
- Just Mobile Headphone Stand
- Heil PR 40 mic kit
- I bought this when I thought I was serious about pod and screencasting. Heh. I still do a short show for Productivity in Tech.
As you can see I finally moved into my new place. My cable management game is all off and I haven’t yet put the whole ALEX drawer together2 but soon. Soon.
- IKEA LINNMON/ALEX Desk
- Every programmer needs a good desk. This one is relatively inexpensive.
- Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers
- Finally picked up some decent speakers. These were the same price as the Mackies I was going to get only these look better.
- iXCC RCA to 3.5 mm cable
- Need this to connect the speakers to my iMac
- LG 4K Monitor
- Two monitors are better than one and now that I am moving and getting a new desk, I can now make this happen.
- North Bayou VESA Mount
- Twelve South 12-1223/B HiRise for iMac - Height-adjustable stand with storage for iMac and Apple Displays
- Anker Qi Wireless Charger
- Lamicall iPad Stand
- Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
- Since I will be moving soon, some of these items I haven’t used yet. This is one of those items. Everyone raves about this mouse so I want to give it a go.
- Aenfor aluminum gaming mousepad
- M-Audio M-Track C-Series USB Audio Interface
- This will drive a lot of audio…as well as record from an XLR mic which I have. Said I was cooking things up.
- MAKETECH Swivel Under-the-Desk USB 3.0 Hub
- Finally got a new hub.
- Choetech Wireless Charging Stand
- FORSÅ Work Lamp from IKEA
- Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen
- I got this as a companion to my Echo 1st Gen which you can find below. I wanted one for my room so I got the cheapest Echo I could find.
- Amazon Echo 1st Gen
- LIFX Z Wi-Fi Smart LED Strip Starter Kit
- Yeah. I am on the bandwagon. I am a programmer and I want my desk to feel like a rocket ship. Sue me.
- LIFX A19 Wi-fi Smart LED Bulbs
- TP-Link Smart Plug No Hub Required
- For all lights that aren’t smart, now they can be. Win.
- Brainwavz Hengja - The Headphone Desk Hanger
- IKEA Holmo 46” Floor Lamps
- Where else am I going to put the LIFX Bulb?
- LUXCOMS RGB Soft Gaming Mouse Pad Large
- Logitech C920S Pro HD Webcam with Privacy Shutter
- As I do more webinars, Egghead videos, and yes, soon, streaming, I need a good webcam. I have a Streaming Amazon List that I’ll be adding to my arsenal in the next couple months.
- VS Code
- It does everything I need it to do. Atom was nice and had a lot of features but goddamn it’s hella slow. So I went back to VS Code 3 and couldn’t be happier.
- Back to iTerm. It’s just better.
- Oh My Zsh
- I will never use a terminal without this installed.
- Sketch for UI design
- Boom 3D
- This makes everything sound amazing.
- Timing 2
- This is how I can find out how much time I spend on Twitter.
- Transmit 5 for Mac
- There are cheaper, free, FTP clients out there but my first text editor was Coda and I liked it so much I bought Panic’s FTP client. It looks good and functions quite well. I moved on from Coda when I became “serious”.
- Brett Terpstra made a fork of Notational Velocity’s plain text note app and I use it for quick notes.
- Using PopClip is a lifesaver. When it doesn’t work I am lost.
- Workflows make this my favorite app. I can’t live without it. You can find my workflows here. I have way too many, I admit.
- Text Expander
- Lightroom CC
- For basic edits. Yeah, I bit on the Adobe train but only the photography bundle with 1TB of storage.
- Lightroom Classic CC
- For all my editing needs. It is what I started using years ago. Muscle memory, and all that.
- Amphetamine to keep my Mac awake
- Shell Runner
- To test shell scripts
- BetterSnapTool is my choice for window snapping.
- Expressions to test regular expressions
- Starting to manage snippets with Alfred and GitHub gists but this is a great way to organize snippets with a keystroke.
- Quiver is a programmers notebook to take notes with syntax highlighting and markdown support. Supports many languages 4.
- Tweetbot 2
- The 3rd iteration hogs CPU and memory. If it was more efficient I’d use it; the ability to add gifs right in the app is killer. But it freezes constantly. So I use v2.
- Franz. This is a chat aggregator. Open source and wayyyyyy better looking than Rambox.
- Things 3 for tasks.5
- Notion for Project management.6
- Nothing beats it for note-taking and archiving.
- Fantastical 2 for scheduling
- Dash 4. 7
- Sip for Mac for a color picker
- As I get into making egghead lessons and more screencasts for That Mac Nerd, I need a heavy duty piece of software to do so. Screenflow fits the bill.
- Open Broadcaster Software
- Going to stream at Twitch soon enough. This is the gold standard but their Mac app is terribly behind the Windows app.
- Private Internet Access VPN
- Should always have a VPN.
- This is how I share bugs and other things with devs and dev teams. Also an easy way to make a gif of a feature or bug on my Mac.
- It finally has enough utilities to make it worth the subscription price for me.
I Use a lot of software, I admit
But I use ALL OF IT.
So this is my setup and what I am currently using. You can show me your dev setup on Twitter.
Got the gold and this will be my last iPhone for a while. No need to upgrade yearly as these phones are more than capable of lasting a couple years. ↩
Done and done ↩
I did have Ulysses installed. They even featured me on their blog. I mainly used it to post to WordPress and since I am on Jekyll for everything now I don’t need the subscription. I feel really bad. But now I use VSCode for this and a couple scripts to post here and my other blogs. ↩
Even brainfuck! ↩
This is the only task manager that I actually look at and use. It is that beautiful, simple, and it has impressed me far more than any task manager in recent memory. ↩
This is such a deep app and I am in love with it. After avoiding it because I was a heavy user of Evernote and quite liked it, there were things that annoyed me about it. Everyone talked about this app, Notion and I signed up. Been using it for two weeks and I have paid the subscription. It’s that good. Still setting it up but here’s my dashboard. ↩
Offline docs ftw! Plus much more. ↩