The notorious maker

What I’m using

I’d like to keep track of all the stuff I’m using and list it here. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite tool in my list?

At least that’s what happened when I looked at lists of what other folks are using. Stefan Zweifel has a pretty good list, for example.

Personal

I’ve got an iPhone 13 and it’s fine.

My most used app is probably Bear. I tried all other notes apps, but this is the one that works for me. Actually, I’m not a big fan of Markdown, but plaintext files definitely have their benefits.

To keep track of what needs to be done, I’ve chosen Todoist. To be honest, every other app would be fine, too. I don’t use projects, labels or other features to categorise tasks. It’s just a long list of tasks, some with a due date, some with a recurring due date.

If you’re not using a password manager, stop reading and set up a password manager. Me and my family is using 1Password.

It’s hard to meet me without my Fujifilm X100F recently. My photo editing workflow is completely mobile. I transfer photos to my iPhone, edit them with Darkroom and sync them with Photos for iOS.

This year, I started playing the keyboard and I love my tiny Arturia MiniLab Mk II. I’m still really bad at it, though. Don’t expect me to drop an album soon.

Website

I’m using Laravel to render my website. And yes, that’s a great example of overengineering. Code is stored on GitHub, changes are deployed through the DigitalOcean App Platform.

Content is stored as Markdown, indexed with Orbit and parsed with CommonMark. The front end is styled with Tailwind CSS.

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Coding

I’m working on a MacBookPro (14-inch, 2021) with an Apple M1 Pro Chip and 16 GB memory. I like big screens, that’s why I’m working on a 34″ Dell UltraSharp. As a microphone, I bought the Elgato Wave:3. Not sure I’d recommend it, though. I’m looking for alternatives.

Philipp Kühn bugs me to buy proper headphones, but I’m still using some cheap Sony on-ear headphones and I like them. (By the way, I don’t plan to join the AirPods club.)

Visual Studio Code is my preferred code editor. I’m using JetBrains Mono as the font. I configured it to look minimalistic and I’ve set an bigger-than-average line height.

I know the most basic Git commands, but I prefer to use Git Tower as a graphical interface.

What I’d like to use

It hurts to write this, but I can imagine I would enjoy using Vim.

I’m considering to learn a little bit of Rust or Swift and hope to find a reason soonish.

I’d like to get a full-size MIDI keyboard.

What I’m not using

I used Android for years and hope we’ll still have multiple mobile platforms in the future. That said, I won’t go back to Android. The hard- and software the other side is just better. Hot take: Except the camera, all Google Pixel phones have better cameras than what Apple offers.

I never had a Facebook account. I’m not using Instagram.

That’s all. Any recommendations?