Software I use, gadgets I love, and other things I recommend.

I get asked a lot about the things I use to build software, stay productive, or buy to fool myself into thinking I’m being productive when I’m really just procrastinating. Here’s a big list of all of my favorite stuff.

Workstation

  • 16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)

    I recently switched to a MacBook Pro from a Lenovo X1 Carbon (gen 6) which was running the Ubuntu LTS. While I miss the docker performance the MacOS ecosystem is alot more pleasant to work in for me.

  • LG 38" Ultrawide QHD+ IPS /w Thunderbolt 3

    I bought this back in 2018 and it's been my workhorse monitor since then. The resolution is great (and the X1 Carbon could run it). The top feature is the thunderbolt 3 connectivity which replaces the need for a standalone dock.

  • GMMK Pro

    I had this keyboard on my wishlist for a long time and it was totally worth it. I have the white ice colour with the default aluminium backplate, Glorious Panda lubed switches, and Cherry Notion key caps.

  • Logitech MX Master 2S

    I've had this mouse for yeaaaaars and it's still working great. I will likely upgrade to the MX Master 3S if/when it starts breaking down.

  • Herman Miller Mira 1

    If I’m going to slouch in the worst ergonomic position imaginable all day, I might as well do it in an expensive chair.

  • Autonomous.ai Smart Desk Pro

    DigitalOcean was kind enough to offer us a work-from-home stipend to enhance our home offices and this was the desk frame I chose to use with my existing Ikea kitchen counter desk top.

Development tools

  • VSCode

    This is my all-in-one IDE. The fuzzy searching, multi-cursor support, and awesome marketplace of supported addons keeps me happy and productive.

  • iTerm2

    I’m honestly not even sure what features I get with this that aren’t just part of the macOS Terminal but it’s what I use.

  • TablePlus

    Great software for working with databases. Has saved me from building about a thousand admin interfaces for my various projects over the years.

  • DigitalOcean App Platform

    All of my web based projects (and some not web based) are hosted on App Platform. As one of the original devs on the platform I focused on building a platform that would satisfy people like me and it does that very well.

Gaming

  • My office workstation and gaming systems are shared some some components like keyboard and monitor are not listed here but are present above.

  • Computer

    CPU
    Intel i9-11900k
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Strix Z590-E
    GPU
    Asus Rog Strix GeForce RTX 3080 V2 OC Edition
    PSU
    Asus Rog Strix 1000W Gold
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 CL 16
    Case
    Fractal Meshify 2

  • Logitech Pro Gaming Mouse (wired)

    I bought this mouse back in 2018 and it's been an absolute boss. I immediately noticed an improvement in my competiveness and over all enjoyment with FPS games.

  • Arctis Pro Wireless

    After my 7 year old Steelseries headset had an unfortunate run in with my office chair I decided to invest in another Steelseries.