Software I use, gadgets I love, and other things I recommend.
The things I use to build software, stay productive, or buy to fool myself into thinking I’m being productive when I’m really just procrastinating. Here’s a big list of all of my favourite stuff.
Inspired by Wes Bos and his awesome uses.tech site.
M1 Mac Mini (2020)
Small, quiet refurbished machine for graphics and photo work, and anything that needs a big screen. I resisted MacOS for the longest time, but these days I sometimes want a system that just works.
Dell Inspiron 5570 laptop
My personal laptop, with 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel i7-8550U processor, running Pop! OS. It’s a bit old and crusty, and the trackpad doesn’t work, but it has some great stickers.
Sofle Mechanical Keyboard
A Sofle keyboard I built from a kit from Mechboards, with Cherry MX Blue switches. Split keyboards are perfect for leaving space for desk coffee and/or pet.
Logitech M570 trackball
I always use a trackball for interacting with computers, and especially love this one for working in small spaces like trains - no space required to move the mouse. I also have an old Huion pen tablet to help with art and my dodgy wrists.
I’ve used Pycharm for as long as I’ve been programming, and it’s taught me a lot about how to write good clean Python code. Also my favourite way to inspect databases while I’m developing.
My go-to editor for any programming that isn’t Python, and my favourite git GUI. The Live Share extension is a game-changer for remote pairing. With pets of course.
I don’t do much design work, but when I do, Figma makes things approachable. Probably shouldn’t also use it for doing vector art, but it works.
Fantastic application launcher for Mac. Confetti 🎉 to celebrate finishing tasks. Can’t wait for Linux support to come.
Technically not software, but I adore my electronic spinning wheel from Dreaming Robots, perfect for keeping my hands busy while I listen to far too many podcasts.