Things I Use
This is a list of things I use on a daily basis—everything from coffee to my phone. This is a living list, so I’m sure items will update regularly. The idea for this page was borrowed with love from my good friend, Jason Zook.
Computer & Monitor
After pushing my 13″ Mid-2013 MacBook Air for almost four years, I finally caved and moved to the recently released 27″ Retina with 5K display.
I’m also still clinging onto the 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display to use as a secondary monitor every now and again.
Keyboard & Mouse
Whenever I’m at my desk I always use my Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Magic Keyboard. They’re both rechargeable, so it eliminates the use of batteries. I’ve honestly never felt the need to try anything different.
Modem, Router & Switch
The current setup is a ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem running into the —sadly neglected— Apple Airport Extreme (6th generation). This is wired into a Linksys 16-Port Gigabit Switch, which runs CAT5e into the office and living room. I get a respectable 360Mbps down from Spectrum Cable.
SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0
Apple Airport Extreme
Since the day in 2009 when I switched off my Blackberry and activated my iPhone 3G, I’ve never looked back. I’m currently using the iPhone X.
After running through multiple Ikea desks —and spending far too long trying to find the exact desk I’d imagined in my mind— I ended up building my own. I sanded and stained a 2.5 x 8ft piece of butcher block and screwed that into a labrynthy maze of galvanized pipes. It’s super clean and gives plenty of room for both my wife and I to work.
Well, exercise ball really. I found that when sitting in a normal desk chair, I’d slowly slouch down until I looked a hunchback. Perhaps one of these days I’ll break down and purchase a Herman Miller Aeron.
Unlike most designers and developers, I prefer to have the background noise of a movie or television show as opposed to music. There is a 40″ Vizio LED hanging in the wall of the office, with a 4th generation Apple TV tucked snugly behind. Oh, and I’m fairly sure I’ve watched everything available on Netflix.
I have difficulty in the morning speaking to another human until I’ve consumed caffeine. Over the years I’ve tried a traditional coffee pot, Kuerig, and french press. My current method of choice is freshly grinding beans with a grinder and pouring through the Chemex.