Uses

Hardware

  • MacBook Pro M3 Pro 14″
  • iPhone 13 Pro (always in silent mode, with a minimum of allowed notifications)
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones
  • 24″ Samsung T45F | F24T450 (provided by the company I work for)
  • 23″ Iiyama XU2390HS-B1 (purchased in 2014 and still satisfying)
  • Basic Logitech keyboard and mouse (also provided by my employer)
  • Sony CMT-SBT100 Hi-Fi system
  • Various Western Digital external USB hard drives
  • A Synology DS115j NAS (convenient for storage but running slowly and it can only use a single hard drive, which is bad)
  • A Brother DCP-L2530DW (I still print and copy stuff from time to time, this is a very reliable monochrome laser printer)

I rarely connect my MacBook Pro to external displays because I primarily use those screens for remote work in my daily job, for which I rely on a too-small, too-slow but functional computer, a 12.5″ HP EliteBook 820 G1.

I wish I could find an effective way to benefit from my external displays with both my professional computer and my personal MacBook Pro seamlessly. I’m working on it.

Software

Here is a list of the apps I regularly use, from many times a day to a few times a month. I plan to expand on that list to add explanations about what those apps do and why they are useful to me.

  • Alfred
  • Things 3
  • YouTube Premium, which includes YouTube Music (I switched from Spotify in 2023)
  • ImageOptim
  • Apple Calendar
  • Apple Notes
  • Safari, Chrome
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Figma
  • iA Writer
  • Sublime Text
  • IINA, VLC
  • OpenEmu
  • Amphetamine
  • Shottr
  • iStat Menus
  • Magnet
  • WhatsApp Desktop (the version before the native one that came at the end of 2023, which is ugly, laggy and painful to use)
  • Visual Studio Code
  • FileZilla
  • MediaHuman apps
  • Transmission
  • AppCleaner
  • ChatGPT
  • In addition, for my daily work: Jira / Confluence / Office 365 / Slack

Other

  • NES and SNES Classic Mini
  • Nintendo Switch OLED
  • Miyoo Mini Plus
  • Kindle Oasis
  • AUKEY 12W Dimmable LED lamp
  • A desktop chair I picked up at my office many years ago, they were going to trash it.

Setup
My home desk in January 2024

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