Uses

I’ve seen people share their daily drivers for getting tasks done and thought I might as well share mine. It’ll also help me keep track of apps when I setup a new machine (saving for the M1 Macbook Pro). Let’s get into it.


Development

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Editor

  • Visual Studio Code - go to editor for all things code related.

    • Theme - Synthwave ‘84. Recently discovered this and loving it with Neon Dreams enabled.
    • Font - Cascadia Mono
    • Extensions

      • Bracket Pair Colorizer 2
      • DotENV
      • Editor Config
      • GitLens
      • Git Graph
      • Bracket Pair Colorizer
      • Git Project Manager
      • Live Server
      • Markdown All in One
      • Semistandard — because semi-colon.
      • Settings Sync
      • Polacode
      • VSCode-icons

Terminal

  • iTerm

    • ZSH + Pure Prompt
  • dotfiles here

Apps

  • Postman - go to REST client for API driven projects
  • Chrome Canary and Firefox Developer Edition
  • Studio 3T - MongoDB GUI client
  • Sequel Pro - MySQL GUI Client
  • pgAdmin - de facto tool for PostgreSQL

Services

  • Github - Primary platform where I store my projects
  • Heroku - Rapid prototyping of ideas
  • Netlify - Static Sites
  • Firebase - Same with Heroku but with extensive Google Integrations

Desktop Productivity Apps

  • Notion - Best app for organizing thoughts and projects. Give it a try!
  • Spark - Best email app for macOS
  • Typora - Minimal text editor that supports markdown.
  • Sublime Text - Another Text Editor for quick gists preview.
  • Alfred - Who uses Spotlight, anyway?
  • 1Password - No password duplicates, please.

Hardware

Macbook Pro Mid-2012

I’m probably due for an upgrade since this has been my machine for almost six years already. I’ve upgraded its RAM and SSDs but its age is showing nowadays. Quick Specs

  • Intel i7 2.9 GHz
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Samsung Evo 970 SSD - Main SSD drive for OS and apps
  • 240 GB WD Green SSD - SSD for project files. Removed my optical drive and replaced it with a caddy to house the SSD.

Custom Gaming PC

Built a gaming PC for DoTA 2 mostly. However, I enjoy turn-based RPG such as Pillars of Eternity and Divinity 2. XCOM: Chimera Squad, Tyranny, and Shadow Tactics are in my titles queue.

Specs:

  • Ryzen 5 2600
  • MSI B450 Gaming Plus
  • 16GB G.Skill Trident RAM 3200 Mhz
  • RX 580 4GB

Monitors

  • Benq GW2283 for my MBP
  • Asus VP249GQR for my gaming PC

Peripherals

My daily driver is my Keychron K2 (Hotswap version). However, I’ve been in the rabbit hole of mech keyboards for quite some time now. I currently own five keyboards:

  • Keychron K2 (Hotswap) - Gateron Reds
  • Keychron K6 (Hotswap) - Gateron Browns
  • Keychron K8 (Hotswap) - Gateron Reds
  • RK 71 - Outemu Reds
  • OEM DIY TKL Kit - Gateron KS3 Yellows

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