Things I Use

There seems an interest in the hardware and software people are using, so much so that there is a dedicated “uses” movement where people document what they use. Well, this is my list of some of the technology I use…

Hardware

I work on an Apple MacBook Pro 15" with a Keychron K2 wireless mechanical keyboard and a Logitech MX Master 3 mouse. I have a Griffin Elevator laptop stand and use LG 27UK850 27" Monitor. I keep things connected using a Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock.

In my office, I sit on a Herman Miller Aero chair. I have a set of Nanoleaf panels to keep me illuminated and add a bit of colour.

My house WiFi is powered by a Nighthawk X6 AC3200 R8000 router and connected to the outside world with Virgin Media. I use Philips Hue lighting throughout my home and office. I talk to my house with a couple of Google Home Minis and pictures with a Google Nest Hub.

Away from my desk, I tap an iPhone 12 Pro and an Apple Watch Series 6 to track my fitness. I fly a DJI Spark drone. When cycling I use a Garmin Edge 530.

Software

I run macOS. My web browser of choice is Firefox. To keep me productive I use Alfred. I use Spotify to listen to music. I use Tweetbot for Mac to doomscroll and Slack to talk to clever folk.

Web Development

I use Visual Studio Code for my web development. I use the Dark+ theme with the Menlo font. I use Sequel Pro or Sequel Ace to access databases. For my termnial I use iTerm2 with Oh My Zsh and the Solarized Dark theme.

Website

This site is built using the Laravel PHP framework. I use Tailwind CSS behind the scenes to generate the styles. Laravel Mix makes using webpack easy. I compile my CSS using PostCSS The project repository is hosted on GitHub.

The site makes use of a lot of existing open source code and resources. highlight.js is used to make the code blocks more readable with syntax highlighting. The random pattern in the footer uses GeoPattern library.

The footer icons are Simple Icons and those in the photos section are heroicons. I have integrated these using Blade Icons package for Laravel.