My Setup and Tools

I’m always curious what hardware and software other people use, so here’s my current setup.

Last updated: July 26th 2021

Hardware

I use a Dell Precision M3800 running Manjaro for private stuff and a company owned HP Elitebook 850 G7 running Windows 10 with Manjaro via WSL2 for work. I’m mostly working from home these days, but I don’t use an external keyboard or monitor. As far as peripherals are concerned, I use an old SteelSeries Siberia 200 headset and a 4TB Seagate external hard drive. Once in a while I also use a wireless mouse that keeps hanging around at home.

My current phone’s a Pixel 4a 5G that I got in 03/2021 when my wife inherited my LG G7 ThinQ after her beloved Sony phone died. The Pixel’s a great phone and I got so used to gesture navigation that using other phones feels somehow off now.

Software

My terminals all use Oh My Zsh with Powerlevel10k and I’m using Code OSS and VS Code with the JetBrains Mono typeface as my primary editor. I’m currently using the Tokyo Night theme, but my all-time favourite theme is Plastic. I also use Neovim whenever I need to edit files in a terminal.

The VS Code extensions I use the most are:

…there’ a bunch of others like “XYZ language support” (PostCSS, TOML, etc.) or Tailwind CSS IntelliSense too, but they’re not really going to be of much interest to anyone.

I’m using both Firefox Dev. Edition and Edge as browsers currently, but I also used Brave in the past (which I liked a lot actually). I prefer use Firefox as main main browser, but having a Chromium based browser around is somehow necessary when you’re a web developer these days - unfortunatley, we’ve reached a point where certain things only work there. My browser extensions are pretty basic, I’m only using uBlock Origin (all browsers) and CORS Everywhere (Firefox only) these days.

Notion is what I use for notes, personal task management and writing and ProtonMail takes care of my emails. When I need to edit pixels, I’m using GIMP or Photopea and when I have to work with vectors, I’m using Figma or Inkscape.

Finally, there’s a bunch of smaller yet extremely convenient tools that I use almost every day: KeeWeb for password management, aitrack.work (which I made for myself) for time tracking, ProtonVPN when I need a VPN and Coding.Tools for most other things I need to get done.

Note: Writing this page in prose was inspired by Marc Jenkins.