Inspired by Wes Bos (as I found his resource very useful) this is a quick rundown of the things I use day to day for work / general messing around.
Editor + Terminal #
I purchased Dank Mono for all my mono-spaced needs. Unfortunately, I don't think it is being developed anymore, but for the price, it's a great font, and I find the ligatures and italics super useful when coding.
If not using VSCodes built-in Terminal, I've been running Hyper, but I don't open it that often.
Desktop Apps #
I moved back to Firefox when Quantum came out. Some performance issues on heavy animations aside, I'm very happy with it, especially having fewer eggs in the Google basket.
I have a 13inch Macbook Pro (2016). I don't love it, but my mid-2012 machine was falling apart.
I picked up a refurbished LG Ultrafine 4K display, which I like for the size/price I found.
My mouse is a Logitech MX Master 3 after I had some pain in my wrist, which seems to have solved the issue.
Keyboard wise I'm using the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. Space Gray and Wireless. Thought I'm getting close to pulling the trigger and building a Mechanical Keyboard.
My mouse mat is a Steelseries QCK , mostly because it was black, thin, and large.
I'm not an audiophile, but I like to think I've got a decent-ish setup for my current situation. Unfortunately, the record player and LP collection are back in Blighty, so Apple Music will have to do for now.
For headphones, I have a pair of Shure SE425-CL and upgraded the cable to a Shure RMCE-UNI. I got them off eBay from a recording studio having a clear-out, so they were near enough unused and pretty cheap.
Be it via my Phone and Bluetooth, or wired as a USB DAC to the laptop, I use a BTR5 amp. I think it sounds pretty great for what it is and uses aptX when in Bluetooth mode which will give me the best wireless audio I can hope for now.
If home alone or camping etc, I have a Minirig. Mines a weird Hybrid of an original Bluetooth Model, with the chip-set and battery from a 2 from when I had it repaired. Its a bit bassy for my music tastes, but you can't beat its size vs loudness ratio. I often think about picking up another one along with a Minirig Subwoofer to build a small home HiFi setup that's also portable. I wonder how that would play with the Record player when we do move back home.
Photography / Videography #
I'll be the first to say I'm not very good at this, but I took a class in collage and its always been a bit of a hobby. I picked up a Fuji X-T20 a couple of years back and I'm still learning how to use it. I pair it with XF18-55mm and XC50-230mm lenses. Next on my list is a do it all prime.
My phone is a iPhone 12 after spending 10 years on android. Not 100% sure it was worth the cost of switching, but I do like not having a Google based phone.
I also have an iPad 6th Generation which I mostly use for looking up recipes in the kitchen or watching movies on public transport.
My daily backpack is a hand made Daysack by Big Top. It's fully waterproof (rain-wise), I've had it for 6 years and I imagine it'll last forever.
For coffee, I use an Porlex Mini for grinding. For brewing, I now have a few options:
- Mostly at home I use the AeroPress, which I switch between metal and paper filters.
- For pour-over at home or on the road I use a MiiR Pourigami, and a CoffeeSock.
- I've recently got into using an old Mocha Pot again. I find this is the best bet If I need to use up some bad store brought coffee we sometimes have lying around.
As for techniques, I'll do whatever James Hoffmann tells me too.