What Luke uses
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I use a Product Red iPhone 11, and it’s been great. I was a diehard Apple fan, then a diehard Android fan, and now I’ve come full circle.
Previous phones I’ve had and their fates:
- Google Pixel 3 (my wife and I both had one, and both of ours developed the loose camera sensor issue. Google replaced them with refurbished phones with the same issue. Never again.)
- Google Pixel 2XL (had a great bug where charging it would make the BlueTooth radio randomly stop working)
- OnePlus 3 (Camera had a slight focus issue)
- Lumia 640 (I played around with it)
- OnePlus One (still have this one)
- iPod touch 4G (not really a phone)
I don’t really wear watches anymore. I own a Slow analog watch and a Fitbit Charge.
In the past, I was a big Pebble fan and used the original Pebble, the Pebble Time, and the Pebble 2.
Development and general purpose
I use a 2021 MacBook Pro 14", with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
It’s hooked up to two 27" 4k LG displays, running at the largest and default scaling of 1080p to avoid integer scaling. More on that here.
My peripherals include a HHKB Pro 2, a Magic Trackpad, and a Logitech MX Master 3.
These days I mainly game on an Xbox Series X.
My gaming PC uses an AMD Ryzen 3600, Nvidia GTX 3060, with 16GB of RAM. I use the same two 4k LG monitors.
My peripherals include a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid with MX Browns, and a Glorious Model D mouse.
I love audio gear, and currently run a Schiit stack consisting of a Modi Multibit, Loki, and Magni 2. A Little Dot Mark 3 with Mullard tubes is my tube headphone amp, and Fostex TH-X00 Purplehearts are my daily drivers.
I also own a couple Beyerdynamic headphones, the DT 990s and the DT 770s.
AirPods Pro are my on-the-go set.
I have a small collection of networking hardware, and the majority of it is Ubiquiti by Unifi, with a pihole running on a very old Intel NUC. I plan to go in depth on this in a future blog post and will update this section accordingly. This little date of writing I’m leaving here will help you remind me:
My text editor of choice is Sublime Text. I use Sublime Merge for git stuff.
Occasionally I open up VS Code just to see what’s new.
Every few months I open up neovim and try to get the hang of it again.
Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo are my favorite graphics/photo manipulation tools.
I use Figma for mockups.
Apple Music is my current streaming service. I was a longtime Spotify user, but since they added podcasts the experience went downhill for me.
I still miss Google Play Music.
Pocket Casts, hands down. Syncing my playback position across devices is a must-have and something no one else seems to have figured out.
zsh is my goto.
I don’t use a third-party terminal emulator, but I do like kitty.
These days it’s just Apple Notes and random per-project
.md files. I used to extensively use Google Keep and Microsoft OneNote, and before it went downhill, Evernote.
Apple Reminders covers all my needs. Before that, it was Google Keep. I also usually keep a
todo.md in most of my projects.
NetNewsWire is my reader on Mac and iPhone.
Tweetbot on Mac and iOS. I really dislike the official Twitter app experience these days. Spaces pinned at the top of my feed all the time pushed me over the edge in 2022. I started using Tweetbot again for the first time since 2012, and I can’t browse twitter without its timeline sync, advanced mute filters, and timeline filters.
I can’t decide on which one to use, so I use my browser. All the iOS apps for Mastodon have issues, feature support is piecemeal, and if they aren’t abandoned, they’re rarely updated.
Safari on Mac/iOS and Microsoft Edge for everything else.
I used to be a big Chrome user, but www.chromeisbad.com.
I still miss Opera before they were bought out and switched to the Blink engine. I think Opera 12 is the last Presto version. The Turbo compression feature really helped me out when I was on dialup.
I’ve held frequently changing opinions on Firefox over the years. I keep it installed for testing. Dismissing 250 engineers in 2020 while top execs got a raise doesn’t sit well with me.
I use Fastmail as my hosted service and then the default mail clients or the web client on my devices.
I use YNAB and love it. It’s the only one that’s made sense for me outside of my own custom spreadsheet.