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Stuff I Use

A "uses" page is a list of things I use, like hardware, software, and services. It's a great way to discover new things and get ideas. Inspired by uses.tech.

ps. I think it's important to enjoy the things you use. I'm not a fan of the "best" or "top" lists. They're subjective and often misleading. I'm not saying my choices are the best, but they're the best for me.

Hardware

Macbook Air M1

I've been using various Macbook Air models since 2013. It's hands down the best laptop I've ever owned. It's fast, light, and has great battery life. The M1 made it even better.

Sony a6700

They say "the best camera is the one you have with you". And I've taken descent photos with my iPhone(s), but I've always appreciated the sharpness, depth, and quality of a good camera.

Lenses: SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 (021), SIGMA 23mm F1.4 (023)

Hardware Accessories

Apple AirPods

I've had every generation of AirPods (except the new USB-C ones) and I love them. I use them for work, music, exercise, and travel. The noise cancellation is fantastic.

Sony WH-1000XM5

My coworkers convinced me to get these. Mainly use them at home for music and work. The noise cancellation is great), but I prefer the AirPods Pro for portability.

Keychron K1

Sigh. I've been through a lot of keyboards and at this point I'm done experimenting. I've settled on the Keychron K1. It's a low profile mechanical keyboard. I use the tenkeyless (tkl) layout, also known as 80% or 87%.

Logitech MX Master 3

A mouse.

Software

  • 1Password
  • Alfred - A productivity app for macOS. A better spotlight search and more.
  • GitTower - Don't @ me. I've used git from the command line for years, but I found myself more productive with a GUI.
  • TablePlus - A native GUI client for relational databases.
  • Obsidian - A knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.
  • Rectangle - Window manager for macOS. I use it to quickly resize and move windows.
  • VS Code
  • CleanShot X - A better screenshot tool for macOS. I use it to capture screenshots.
  • flux - A tool that automatically adjusts the color temperature of your display.

CLI tools

... coming soon

Misc

GORUCK GR1 (21L)

I've had this backpack for many years. It's been through a lot and still looks great. I use it for travel, work, and the occasional hike. I also have the bullet ruck (w/laptop compartment), which is a bit smaller (16L).

Both backpacks have the best laptop compartment, bombproof and nicely padded. Oh, and living in Canada means I have to deal with snow and rain. The GR1 and is water resistant.

Anker

I have a bunch of Anker products. They're affordable and reliable. But my 2 favorites are:

  1. Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W)
  2. Anker 643 cable. The silicone finish is amazing.