Here’s a list of equipments and tools that I use for work and personal work-like hobbies.
- 14" MacBook Pro M1 Max.
- Lenovo Q24H-10 23.8" Monitor.
- Keychron K3 Mechanical Keyboard.
- Magic Mouse.
- AirPods Pro.
I have no loyalty here.
- Current Primary: Visual Studio Code.
- Secondary: Sublime Text 4 (Yes, I bought the licenses for both Sublime Text 3 and 4, weird flex, I know XD).
- GoLand when I need better refactoring features than what Visual Studio Code could offer.
- When I get frustrated with Visual Studio Code, I sometimes swap this as my primary IDE.
- This is a must-have plugin when using GoLand (or any Jetbrains IDE).
- Victor Mono is my font of choice.
Other Dev-ish Tools
- I use Fork as my go-to Git GUI client. (I have a license, another weird flex.)
- I also have a license for Sublime Merge since I bought it as a bundle with Sublime Text 4.
- Sublime Merge has better keyboard shortcuts, but you have no control on how the git log graph is grouped unlike in Fork. The whole purpose of using a Git GUI Client is for the graph though, so it’s a deal breaker.
- Resource usage wise, both are comparable, hovering around 100-300MB depending on how many repos are opened at a time.
- Sublime Merge - Written in C++.
- Fork - Objective-C + Swift.
- I use MongoDB Compass for… MongoDB.
- While TablePlus for relational databases.
- I still use Postman.
- Figma at work, Penpot for personal endeavors.
- Excalidraw for quick diagrams and even wireframes.
- I used to use Balsamiq a lot, but they’re discontinuing their native apps. Might as well stick with the free alternative then.
- Bear for almost everything note-related.
- I still use Apple Notes when using my iPad because it got better Apple Pencil support.
- We use Confluence at work… because Jira.
- Slack for work.
- Forcing Discord for non-gaming use.
- CleanShot X.
- Shottr when I need the pixels.
- Presentify for screen annotations while presenting.
- Maccy as my clipboard manager.
- iStats Menu. One of my most useful impulsive buy ever which lead me see just how much RAM are eaten up by those Chrome-based apps.
- Grammarly. Still better than Microsoft Editor.
- Just recently started using Microsoft Edge for easy access to Bing Chat. My co-working pal that never leaves me in seen-zone.
Other Apps for weird flex
- I am unfortunately sucked into Steve’s walled garden, so I use Apple Music.
- Apple Podcasts.
- Reeder 5 to stay up to date with my favorite bloggers.
- Kindle for my ebooks
- OneDrive for personal use. It also has a personal vault which I really appreciate.
- Side note: Microsoft 365 Family is the cheapest “known” cloud service out there, even if you don’t get to take full advantage of its office desktop apps.
- Unfortunately, iCloud for my photos and notes.
- I use Microsoft’s office apps instead of Apple’s built-in ones.
- MS Excel is still years ahead of Numbers in my opinion.
- MS Word is still a much more pleasant writing experience than Pages when I do need to use it instead of Bear for whatever reasons I can’t think of while writing this down.