My setup: get to know what I use

June 25, 2020

In this article, I will tell you more about what I use during my daily work. Feel free to let me know what you are using or what you recommend.

Important Updated the article in July 2021 with the new office setup.

The 2021 setup

My office setup in 2021
My office setup in 2021

The 2020 setup

My desk in the office (2020)
My desk in the office (2020)

Office

Desk setup

As you can see in the photo above, my setup consists of:

  • πŸ–₯ Macbook Mini M1 - 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - The Mac mini became my primary workstation in the office. When working from home became the standard, it was easier to get a device that does not leave the office. The Mac mini is hiding itself behind the screens on a shelf.
  • πŸ’» Macbook Pro 16-inch β€” Used for when I am working somewhere else than in my office.
  • Mosiso Vertical Stand for my Macbook
  • πŸ–₯ Intel NUC Hades Canyon β€” Great small device which I use for Windows related workloads. This pc is hidden away behind my monitors, next to the Mac Mini.
  • iPad Air: Normally, the device is used to take notes, but these days I use it as my third screen for attending meetings. Having it on top of my other screens and just above my webcam. It is more engaging to your audience, as I do not look away from the camera anymore. On a Mac, it is easy these days to use it as an external screen with Sidecar. When running Windows, you can use Duet Display.
  • Caldigit TS3 Plus β€” A Thunderbold 3 dock with 15 ports. In the past, I was using an OWC dock, but this could not charge my Macbook. The dock itself has also hidden away behind my screens.
  • Flexi Mount Monitor Holder β€” This is the mount I use for holding my monitors. On top of the mount arms, I put a shelve, on which I can hide all my devices so that my desk stays clean.
Shelve behind my monitors
Shelve behind my monitors
  • Two LG 27UL850-W 27 Inch - HDR 4k monitors - I upgraded in late 2020 to these two beauties. The colors are stunning. The HDR feature is only great when working with images or playing games. Never turn it on when while developing.
  • BenQ Screenbar: I did not know I needed a device until I bought two of these. These screen bars are used to mount on top of your screens and make sure your eyes get less tired, as there is always enough light for them to adapt. The great thing about them is that they can adapt to the light in your room, and they do not glare on your screen.
  • GoPro: as there is a lot of action going on. Just kidding, I use the GoPro as a webcam, it has a much better quality compared to the Logitech webcam.
  • Rode Microhone Boom Arm - Just a great and flexible microphone boom arm.
  • Elgato Wave:3 - The main microphone I use for sessions and meetings. I use it in combination with the Elgato Wave Pop and Elgato Wave Shock Mount.
  • Lamicall Gooseneck Tablet Stand β€” This is the stand/holder for the iPad.
  • πŸ₯§ Raspberry Pi Zero β€” I use this in combination with a Pimoroni PHAT to show the time, busy light status, the temperature in the office coming from Ruuvi sensors, Microsoft To Do tasks and my upcoming meeting.
  • Anker 4-port USB hub β€” I attached this one at the bottom of my screen. In this hub is used for my Streamdeck, two USB dongles for my headsets, and YubiKey.
  • Anker wireless charging pad - Mainly for charging my Apple Airpods Pro.
  • 5TB WD HHD β€” We all need more space to store files. Everything is synchronized to Onedrive for Business, but just in case to have quick access, I have this one attached to my dock.
  • Synology NAS β€” Using a pretty old one at the moment. This one will soon be updated to the Synology DS720+
  • πŸͺ‘ NeueChair β€” Very nice and good looking work chair.
  • ⌨️ Logitech MX Keys β€” Great keyboard, bought it in the US, as the US International (available in EU) is not the same as US English.
  • 🐭 Logitech MX Master 3 β€” Before this mouse, I used a Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. That is also a great device and more comfortable when traveling.
  • Ikea - Gerton β€” Desk tabletop - I used gray oil-based paint to give it a natural gray wooden look.
  • Ikea - IDΓ…SEN β€” Standing desk table legs.
  • Felt desk pad β€” The great thing about this desk pad is that you can define your own measurements. That way it will always fit to your desk. For the color I went for mustard mixed.
  • Flic buttons & hub β€” In order to control light, airconditioning, music, and electric sockets in the office, I have two buttons mounted underneath my desk.

Hardware used somewhere else

The following hardware is not used in my office anymore, but somewhere else in the house.

Meetings / Music / Sound / Microphone

Besides all the hardware-defined above, I use the following during meetings and listening to music:

Decoration

I am addicted to LEGO (quoting my wife). So besides all the hardware, I have “some” LEGO for decoration reasons in my office.

Some of the LEGO which is shown behind me during calls.
Some of the LEGO which is shown behind me during calls.

Software

Developing

VSCode extensions

Here are a couple of the VSCode dependencies which I like to use:

  • Front Matter β€” When I switched to Hugo, I needed to have an extension which allows me to keep my article front matter up to date. This extension helps you and can be used for other static site generators like Jekyll, Hexo, NextJs, Gatsby, and many more…
  • The unnamed - theme β€” A theme I created myself.
  • TypeScript Barrel Generator β€” VSCode extension which generates an index.ts file with all the module exports from the current directory.
  • Remote Control - VSCode extension to remotely control your instances. Use it in combination with Raycast to speed up my productivity.
  • Microsoft Graph Essentials - When working with the Microsoft Graph, this is an VSCode extension you need.

Other extensions

  • SPFx Essentials β€” Provides me the extensions I need to make working with SharePoint Framework in Visual Studio Code easier.
  • GitLens β€” Best extension for managing GIT controlled projects.

Browser

  • Microsoft Edge β€” The only one I am actively using.
  • Firefox β€” My mail client 🀣. I do not use any desktop mail client, only use Outlook online. The greatest thing about Firefox is the containers that can be configured with different profiles.
Firefox containers
Firefox containers

Other useful apps

  • Spotify Tray Player β€” Simple Spotify player that shows itself in the menu bar.
  • Microsoft To Do β€” In January 2020, I started to work with Microsoft To Do, and I did not stop. I still miss some things which were available in Wunderlist, and I hope this will come soon.
  • Paste β€” Keep a history of what you copy&paste.
  • 1Password β€” IMO best password manager, and they provide excellent support.
  • Grammarly β€” For writing my articles.
  • Divvy β€” Window manager.
  • Bartender β€” Organize your menu bar icons.

Other

Travel

  • πŸŽ’ PeakDesign Everyday Backpack 30L β€” Love this backpack. You can organize it to your needs, which makes it, in my opinion, an awesome bag. The only downside is the price tag.
PeakDesign Everyday Backpack
PeakDesign Everyday Backpack

Feel free to share your favorite tool/hardware/applications/…

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