What I geek out on

Typography

For some reason, the typographers whose work I admire come from independent type foundries. They are my favourites because of the how much care and attention they put into their craft. They are also reasonably priced if you only need single fonts from a family, unlike Lineto.

Favourite type foundries:

Gear

These are some of the stuff I use for both work/leisure. I generally enjoy putting things together myself and customising my tools, so I’ve actually never bought off-the-shelf prebuilt PCs.

PC Guts 🔌

Everything in this list was chosen to be compatible with a Hackintosh build and fit inside a sleek ITX case. To get features like Continuity working, I had to yank out the Intel® 802.11ac WiFi Module from the Z390 board and install a BCM943602CS module modded with custom foil antennas.

  • Intel Core i7-8700K
  • ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac
  • Noctua NH-U9S + Noctua NT-H1
  • Corsair SF750
  • ADATA 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory
  • 2x Crucial MX500 SSD
  • Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2
  • Sapphire Radeon RX580 8GB NITRO+ SE
  • BCM943602C​S Wireless Network Adapter
  • NCASE M1

Display 🖥️

I no longer use a dual-monitor setup because bezels are annoying. So far my workflow between design/dev has been unparalleled. A luxury upgrade would be the Apple Pro Display XDR.

  • Acer XR382CQK 38” Ultrawide

Peripherals ⌨️ 🖱️ 🕹️

The Logitech G40x series have been a long-time favourite since my university days. There really isn’t much you can do to improve on its form factor and functionality. I don’t have much opinion on what kind of mechanical keyboard is best—I’m mostly just looking for PBT Double-Shot keycaps because I can’t stand fading keycaps. I manage to survive with tenkeyless because I use a MBP for work and a trackpad at home.

  • Logitech G402
  • DURGOD TAURUS-K320
  • Apple Magic Trackpad 2
  • XBOX 360 Wired Controller

Audio Gear 🎙️ 🎧

When I was still singing in a choir, I recorded 4-part SATB songs for my own leisure or for my wife when she goes overseas. I’m now taking vocal lessons trying to get rid of ingrained choral singing habits to gain a wider repertoire, and I hope to record some covers when I get better at singing.

  • Zoom UAC-2
  • AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Mic
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50

Home network

I had a lot of fun setting these up in my home a while ago. A network switch with PoE ports was crucial to getting full wifi coverage with ceiling mounted APs.

  • 2x UniFi® AP AC Pro
  • UniFi® Switch 8-60W
  • UniFi® Security Gateway

Software

I spend most of my time in macOS, mostly because it’s easier to sync my config/setup/dev env with my work-issued machine (MBP 2018). Otherwise, as long as it has a Unix shell I’m gucci.

OSes

Transitioned from Clover to OpenCore this year after reading that it was stable enough for daily use. Not having to deal with Clover installs was probably one of the biggest timesavers for me.

  • macOS Catalina on OpenCore 0.5.6
  • Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS
  • W10 Pro Build 1909

Terminal

Is there anything better than iTerm 2 on macOS? Regardless, zsh is my shell of choice with the following splendid plugins.

Text editors

I used to be a fervent ST3 supporter, until VS Code surpassed it in terms of features. Nowadays, I still stick to ST3 for quick text editing. Colours are important to me, not just for contrast/legibility purposes, but I need palettes that look good to me (subjective, of course).

I’m also pretty sure I was bought over by Monokai Pro’s creator’s personal website before I got bought over by the colour palette.

Favourite Browser

Stupidly awesome devtools. What’s more to say?

  • Firefox Nightly

Password Manager

Made my life much simpler when it comes to passwords. While you still need to consider a sound strategy for a sustainable, long-term reliance on password managers, I’ll admit that I get lazy in my backup-migrate-restore routines simply because 1Password is so convenient.

  • 1Password.com
  • KeePassXC