My tools

Thursday, July 25, 2019; Reading time 4 minutes.

This page is inteded to be my take on the popular site about what tools people use. For an example take a look at Aaron Swartz.

What hardware do you use?

This is a slightly complicated question for me. Due to my setup I can work on what ever I want. But my company provided me with a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) which I don’t really like at all. The keyboard is mushy and too loud for a laptop.

My main computer and the device I usally remoted into is: Intel NUC NUC7i5BNB. The specs are humble but more than enough for the work I do: 64GB of RAM, Intel i5, 2x 256GB SSD. The device is always on and located at my home. I don’t pay for a static IP (a thing in EU) but I have a dynamic DNS set up with Google Domains. The computer is not connected to a montior, and is on wifi so I can move it to cooler places in the appartament when needed.

Other than that I don’t use anything at all – no keyboards, no monitors, no mice. My current phone is and iPhone X with the inclueded earphones. I do have an endless supply of lightning cabels in my car, home, at work…

And what software?

On my laptop you’ll find the following:

Safari – for browsing and email/slack Chrome – for work iTerm – for when I need ssh access Resilio Sync – for moving stuff between my phone/laptop/computer 1Password That’s pretty much all that is running on that computer. Everything else is in the “cloud”. For personal email and personal documents I use iCloud, and for wook Google Apps.

Now my computer is a different thing all together… This device I use to code.

  1. Visual Studio Code in a hosted variant
  2. Git
  3. Nginx
  4. Resilio Sync

This setup works for me. It allows me to stay mobile and work from wherever I want. The whole thing has a complicated firewall setup so I can be sure nobody can open my development ports except me.

Note taking happens in various places but I keep comming back to the MacOS Notes. For email I keep rocking the me.com domain still. It works and it’s short.

What apps?

My phone is something I use every day. It doesn’t have a lot of apps but only what I use.

  1. Instagram
  2. Whatsapp
  3. 1Password
  4. Bloomberg
  5. Wallet (ApplePay)
  6. Revolut
  7. Spotify
  8. Mail App
  9. Wolt – for food
  10. Digital minimalism

I don’t let technology rule my life. This means that everything has to be setup with as much defaults as possible – in case I have to set it up all again I can in just minutes.

I don’t have a lot of tools but the tools I have I know how to use and how to be fast in them.

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