Its getting common for personal blogs to have a section outlining the various hardware and software used on a day to day basis, so here's my list.
This is by no means a comprehensive list but it should suffice as a starter.
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- Macbook Pro
- I've used Mac since around 2012 after the company I worked for moved everyone onto them. I still use the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) I bought from them when they upgraded. Its showing its age now - no retina, battery not holding charge, and it won't upgrade to anything above High Sierra.
Luckily I have been provided with a 2017 MBP by my current employer so I use that for anything they pay me to work on, and my personal MBP for personal projects.
- I recently bought a Viewsonic VX3211-2K-MHD 2K WQHD 32 inch monitor from Amazon. Handles full resolution from my usb-c Macbook Pro. The downside is that the screen on my 2011 MBP looks HUGE!
A good monitor for the price.
- Keyboard & Mouse
- I have a standard Apple Wired Keyboard - the full one with numberpad. Mouse is a Logitech M185
- Desk & Chair
- Nothing special here. I'm using a small Ikea desk with a cheap office chair. Both are not great, the desk is way too narrow and the chair is flimsy, but I don't spend a huge amount of time at them. I have a raised counter in my office that I sometimes use for standing at.
- I have a large-ish vinyl record collection and listen to them on a red Pro-ject Essential III deck, hooked up to an ART-Pro Phono Pre-amplifier. This is then fed into an old Hitachi Hi-Fi with a pair of Pioneer Monitors (Speakers) I kept from the 1980s.
I use the following tools for web development and writing:
- Vim - for most things - coding, writing, administration etc. It's the only 'IDE' that doesn't trigger the fans on my old MBP.
- PHPStorm - for work.
- Firefox - as my main browser
- Chrome - for testing and debugging
- Docker - for some dev environments
- Vagrant - for others
- iTerm2 v3 with ZSH / Oh My ZSH - the best terminal and shell combination there is
- Alfred 4 - immensely helpful omni-search
- Evernote - for notes, although I'd love something as good as Evernote but with decent Markdown support
- Todoist - I manage my life with this - projects, renewals, birthdays/anniversaries, shopping etc
- Spectacle - for splitting and arranging windows on the mac
- Gmail - for, erm, email
- Airfoil - for the audio equaliser features
- Affinity Designer - for any vector work I need to do. I also use it for basic mock ups.
- Affinity Photo - for image work. Usually resizing, cropping, and enhancing.