What I Use

Here's an up-to-date list of the tools, software, and hardware I use regularly for development and other tasks. Also included are miscellaneous things that either make me happy or help me get through my daily routine, working from home, and this whole COVID-19 nightmare ๐Ÿ˜ท.

This site was built with...

  • VuePress - Vue-powered โšก static site generator
  • Bulma - Open-source CSS framework based on Flexbox
  • GitHub - The home for all my code.
  • Netlify - Flexible solution for building fast sites.

Hardware

Code Editor

Click to view my most-used VS Code Extensions
  • Working Copy (iOS) - Not my primary editor, but it's great on the iPad for smaller tweaks/fixes/etc. when I'm lounging around the house. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Terminal

  • Integrated Terminal in Visual Studio Code
  • Windows Terminal - Didn't think I'd like it. Tried it, loved it.
  • Starship.rs - The minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell!

Audio

  • Spotify - Rock on ๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿค˜
  • Schiit Modi 3 - An affordable DAC that makes my computer audio sound, well, really good. The Modi also features a 3-way input switch.
  • Schiit SYS - A simple, 2-input passive preamp. No electronics. No power. No distortion. Just a 2-way switch and a potentiometer. SYS stands for "switch your, ๐Ÿ’ฉ ...er... schtuff."
  • Schiit Mani - A phono preamp for my Technics turntable.
  • Audioengine A2+ Speakers - Powered desktop speakers. I previously owned the A5+, but they took up way too much desk real estate.
  • Technics SL-D2 TurnTable - This thing has been around since before I was born. It belonged to my parents, and now it's all mine โค๏ธ, including all their vintage vinyl.
  • Jabra Elite 75t - I originally drooled ๐Ÿคค over the Google Pixel Buds; however, the 7.5 battery life on the Jabra's combined with their "HearThrough" technology and audio quality won me over.

Other software & services

  • Adobe Illustrator - I do a lot of UX Design, layouts, and really all my design work in Adobe Illustrator. I'm faster in Illustrator than whatever the trendy tool is this month, so I stick to what I'm good at when time is a factor.
  • Specify for Illustrator - Shameless plug, but whether you are designing websites, kitchen cabinets, or a woodworking project, this Adobe Illustrator script is super-handy at dimensioning objects on your artboard. It's free ๐ŸŽ‰ and you can read about the details in this dedicated post.
  • AutoHotkey - These days, if I need some automated keypresses I just add them to a layer on my custom mechanical keyboard; however, I have a few complex automations coded via AutoHotkey.
  • Slack - At work, I use Microsoft Teams, but on my home computer I utilize Slack to connect with groups I follow/volunteer for, including Pizza to the Polls ๐Ÿ•

Everyday Carry

  • Rothy's "The Mask 1.0" - Since masks ๐Ÿ˜ท are now a part of all of our everyday carry items, you may as well grab one that fits close to the face and is super-comfortable. They aren't N95 masks, but these come as a two-pack and are just as effective as (or more) a lot of the other non-medical masks out there. Oh, and they're machine washable! ๐Ÿ‘
  • Garmin fฤ“nixยฎ 6 Pro Sapphire - A multisport GPS smart watch with amazing durability and stellar battery life.
    • Oh, and I'm on Strava if you need a virtual running/cycling buddy! ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿšด
  • Stowa Flieger Classic 40 - When I'm not wearing my Garmin watch, this classic Pilot watch is on my wrist. Sapphire crystal, blued steel hands, and a date window at the 6 o'clock position. Perfect.
  • Roka Utility Pack - The perfect commuter backpack. Includes space for all of my tech gear, room for a pair of running shoes, plus a separate wet compartment for sweaty workout gear.
  • Purist Collective Founder 32oz - What I have determined is the perfect insulated water bottle to use at the office or when working from home. While I use the 32oz Founder for water, the smaller 18oz Mover (which I also own) is a great travel bottle perfect for your commute. Both sizes feature an unbreakable interior glass finish which 100% prevents flavor transfer if you start with coffee โ˜• and transition to water!
  • Bellroy Hide & Seek - A slim, RFID protected, leather wallet
  • Benchmade Mini Griptilian - There's always a use for a reliable knife. A bonus in going with Benchmade: they will sharpen and clean your knife for free ๐Ÿ’ฅ for life; just mail it in.

Miscellaneous