As a person that has been working remotely for a long time (7+ years of experience) I get a lot of questions regarding my setup and how I’m able to focus on my daily tasks when working from home.
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It might not be the newest MacBook Pro, but it gets the job done. This is my personal computer and it does not reflect what I use on my day to day work environment, but it does reflect what I use for all my personal projects and work.
It ain’t a mechanical keyboard, because mechanical keyboards are too loud and I am a loud typer. So my pet didn’t like when I had one haha.
One of the best mouse for daily use you can buy on the market, there’s a new version, but the only reason I replaced the original MX Master with the 2nd version was because I broke it while moving from my previous home.
It’s a good IPS panel, with a good support of Adobe RGB and some support for DCP3, it’s not the best monitor on the market and it’s a bit old by today standards, but the non glossy surface is great for my eyes.
Love these legs, they are near silent when raising or lowering and they can lift enough weight, that’s why I bought an IKEA kitchen counter of almost 2m long to get a huge workspace area.
Darker than Darcula and the other defaults from Intellij, it has a big advantage over themes based in Material Design, which is, you don’t have to install anything extra that slows down your IDE to customize the colors.
I find the ligatures helpful but felt that Fira Retina for coding was getting a bit out of hand with these. I also like using Menlo which is a default from macOS, but it does not have any of the helpful ligatures.
Extends great keyboard shortcuts over the built-in terminal in macOS.
It’s free, looks good, and works better than the other options.
The best non resource hungry software for pair programming.
I know all the cool kids probably moved to Figma or Framer, but I find the native UI of Sketch much much faster than those software and it keeps it simple.
This is my favorite software for editing photos, I got into Pixelmator on 2011 and have been a fan of their work since then.
I upgraded from a Blue Yeti to this Microphone and I’m amazed by the difference in sound quality that it delivers.
I love the physical knobs and the visual feedback from the LED wheel for how loud you are speaking.
It’s a solid preamp for those moments where I don’t want to be as close to the microphone, usually when talking to my co-workers over Zoom or when pair-programming.
I use them to monitor my own voice when I’m recording but also, to listen to music, it’s such a good pair of headphones, their sound quality can be compared with much much higher price headphones.
I use this to record all of my podcast, even the ones where we talk over Skype, FaceTime or others. Amazing software, highly recommended.
It’s free, it’s ok. If I get more into livestreaming and get a benefit from them, I would consider investing on a more polished software.