Stuff I use

Hardware, Software and other Things

Updated March 16, 2018 (Changelog)

Maybe it's the remnants of my long tech blogger career, maybe I'm just a consumer victim. Whatever the reason, I could spend hours reading setup blog posts.1 To see what others use to do their work.

So far I never got to write a setup blog post myself. It's been on my ApfelTech-to-do-list for a long time. Today is the day. Therefore, here is a list of all things I use more or less regularly to "make stuff".2

Computer

On the road

After my five-year-old MacBook Air died a painful death3 I haven't used a mobile device in months. Only when Apple introduced the 10.5 inch iPad Pro during WWDC 2017, I found a successor for the Air. To what extent an iPad can replace a Mac is worth a blog post4. But it worked out for me, so my main computer is a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in Space Grey with 256 gigabytes of memory. I carry Apples Smartcase Keyboard-thing and the Apple Pencil daily.

I can do about 90% of work - thanks to a variety of apps - on this device. At home I charge the iPad with a USB-C 29W charger, when I'm travelling I use a Aukey battery pack with 30.000 mAh. I don't have a carrying bag yet. Recommendations are welcome.

At home

One iPad Pro is enough for most. For everything else and video games, I built a gaming PC in mid-2016. The thing is overpowered: 16 Gigabyte DDR4-3200Hz RAM, an Asus Strix GTX 1080, an Intel 6700K with a Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler, an Asus Z170 Gaming Pro motherboard, a Seasonic P-660 Watt power supply and a 128GB m.2 SSD in combination with a 3 Terabyte hard disk. The whole thing is in a wonderful Define R5 case. With glass panel. Why else would I spend so much money when nobody can see all those LEDs?!

A GTX 1080 can push quite a few pixels. Therefore the graphics card is attached to a Acer Predator XB1 with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, a refresh rate of 144 Hertz, G-SYNC, ULMB and and and and... If you don't understand: This thing is pretty awesome! It has an incredibly ugly foot!

What else I use: A Razer DeathAdder Chroma, a WhiteFox with Overcast-Keycaps, a Steelseries Arctis 7 Headset, a Razer Seiren and a Razer Stargazer5. My mouse pad is a QcK XXL from Steelseries.

If you wonder which desk and which chair I use: No idea and this one.

Multimedia

It's hard to believe, but I spend most of my time at home at my desk, closely followed by the couch and then the kitchen. In my opinion, my the multimedia setup is the biggest flaw. There are still too many things missing that I can really be satisfied.

The core of my multimedia corner is some 42-inch smart TV from Samsung. It has an Apple TV, a Nintendo Switch, a Steam Link and an Xbox One connected to it. I probably use the Apple TV and the Switch the most. The Steam Link and the Xbox serve as wonderful dust magnets. To make the whole thing look a bit more comfortable, I glued Philips Hue LED lights to the back of the cabinet. Does its job.

I also got my first Sonos Play:1 speaker. It's great for background music. But I still wonder if I should get the Sonos TV bar and a second Play:1?

At the moment I also lack a kind of smart speaker to control the lights via voice control. Since I'm too paranoid for Google and Amazon, and the HomePod sucks, I won't get anything.

Home-stuff

As a purebred geek I had to use smart-home stuff in my first own apartment. But I don't really have much yet. I have six Philips Hue light bulbs, two Hue Go as a bedside lamp, a Logitech Circle 2, an Elgato Eve Room for things like humidity, air quality and temperature and an Eve Door so I know when the front door opens. So don't even try to break it in. I'll see it and film you.

EDC

I wrote an article about my EDC setup. You can find it here.

Camera Setup

I'm not a great photographer, but I own a camera that is far too expensive for my purposes.6 I don't really own many accessories for the a7 II. As soon as I have more, you can read here what I'm using.

Software

For a long time I wasn't sure if I also wanted to list the software I use. I'm actually still unsure. But meh! Here is the short version:

I don't use anything special on the PC. Steam, Origin, Uplay, GOG and Co. are my gaming clients, Davinci Resolve is my video editing program, with which I mainly create gifs of video game scenes and Firefox is the browser of my choice. I use Private Internet Access for VPN things and Lightroom for photo things. I also own Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. Someday I'll get a DAW and a program for pixel arts. Studying both.

Things look completely different on iPad. Another blog post in the making. The summary: I use iA Writer for blog posts, Things 3 for To-Dos, Bear for Notes, Reeder 3 and Tweetbot to keep me up to date, Pixaki, Pixelmator and Affinity Photos for my creative moments and Day One for my brainstorms. For more details wait for the blog post, which I will link here!

Keyboards

Okay, okay. At first glance, a category just on keyboards seems a bit... exaggerated? But mechanical keyboards aren't just any keyboards, they're the only ones your fingers should ever touch.

As already described above, I use a WhiteFox with Overcast-keycaps and brown Cherry switches at home. At work I use a Pok3r with Clear Cherry switches and Pulse keycaps.

Recently I also baked a third keyboard on Kickstarter: The NightFox, the black edition of WhiteFox. So far I don't know what I want to use the device with, but I will try to get it to work with the iPad. For the longer blog posts at home. Hardly exaggerated, but totally cool!

Miscellaneous

And to complete the list, here is the remaining stuff:

Changelog

    Updated March 16, 2018
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  1. Which I never do, of course. Never!

  2. I plan to update the list regularly.

  3. Cough Sprite! Cough

  4. The article is in progress. Just subscribe to the feed so you don't miss the blog post.

  5. It's crazy how cool Windows Hello is.

  6. What was that about consumerism?