Uses

This is a list of all the things that I use to be productive day-to-day. It's inspired by this page.

Hardware

Alienware Aurora R11

I bought a dedicated gaming PC after I missed gaming too much on my Mac. For a long time I used Windows, but when I "upgraded" to Windows 11, I ran into too many issues and replaced it with Pop_OS! as my sole operating system. I'm loving gaming on Linux now that I've figured out how to properly use Proton.

2019 MacBook Pro 16"

I replaced my old Windows/Linux custom-built PC with this on July 22nd, 2020. For a time I used it both for development and for gaming, but I missed my favorites too much. Now it's used exclusively for development and for travel.

Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard

Website: Steelseries Apex Pro

This keyboard has a beautiful aesthetic, sturdy construction, and a typefeel that I just adore. It's great for gaming and typing.

Dell S3220DGF 32" 2K monitor

Website: Dell 32 Curved Gaming Monitor - S3220DGF

I replaced my old ultrawidescreen monitor with this. It has a more common aspect ratio, a more stable stand, and much better refresh rate. Besides that, it also "announces" itself properly, meaning that macOS actually recognizes its capabilities. I have two of them - one for my Mac, and one for my gaming PC.

DXRacer King Zero gaming chair

Website: DXRacer King Zero

After many years of living with a barely-intact office chair I bought for $5 at Goodwill, I bought a DXRacer King Zero gaming chair. It was a night and day experience. So comfortable! Mine is sunburst yellow and black.

Lately it's been wearing out. It's developed a wobble, and the fake leather is perpetually flaking off now. A new chair is on the horizon.

Lifestyle Software

Firefox and Safari

I've changed browsers frequently over the years. Right now I'm using Firefox, but I'm also experimenting with Safari on my Mac.

Design Software

Affinity Photo

Website: Affinity Photo

My replacement for Photoshop. It's pretty good, and while my Photoshop muscle memory doesn't translate perfectly, its buy-once model combined with its feature set makes it the better alternative.

Affinity Designer

Website: Affinity Designer

Same story as Photo, but this one replaces Adobe Illustrator. The one difference is that I reach for Inkscape when I need to trace raster graphics.

Affinity Publisher

Website: Affinity Publisher

Same story as Photo, but this one replaces Adobe InDesign. It's still new enough to have some issues and there are features missing, but it works well enough for laying out books and such.

Development Software

Visual Studio Code

Website: VS Code

After using Nova for over a year, I switched back to VSCode as my editor of choice.

Hosting and Infrastructure Services

Namecheap

Website: Namecheap

I've heard that other domain registrars are better (e.g., Hover), but I host almost all of my domains at Namecheap because it works well enough.

Digital Ocean

Website: Digital Ocean

When I need more than a static site host, I use Digital Ocean.

Netlify

Website: Netlify

Netlify hosts most of my static sites. It's free and works really well.

Cloudflare

Website: Cloudflare

I use Cloudflare for my DNS management. I don't use it as a CDN really. However, I now use Cloudflare Pages to host this site and Iron Arachne.