Stuff I Use

I spend a lot of time thinking about this junk. I figure I might as well tell y'all about it.

Last Update: 2021-12-22



On My Desk

I think we all learned during the pandemic that a proper workspace is a really important thing. I'm fortunate to have a home office, which is a true luxury, and work very hard to keep it well kept and ready to do work at all times. My desk is rarely cluttered. These items help me keep focused and to get my work done.

M1 Mac mini

M1 Mac mini

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  • Rating: 5/5 Stars
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LG 34'' UltraWide® 5K2K Monitor

LG 34'' UltraWide® 5K2K Monitor

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Logitech C925e Webcam

Logitech C925e Webcam

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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iPad Pro 12.9

iPad Pro 12.9

  • Category: On My Desk
  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Until the M1 MacBook Pro was available this was my favorite computer I'd ever owned. I did as much as I could on it. I love iPadOS and working on an iPad in general. If it had all the same software that macOS has, it would be a very difficult choice for which device to use daily. Using this with the Apple Pencil, even though I'm not much of an artist, makes it even more delightful. Pairing it with the Magic Keyboard made something great even better.

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9

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  • Rating: 5/5 Stars
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It's pretty rare for a hardware device and software update to make another piece of hardware *that* much better. This product has made the iPad Pro so much better in so many ways. The cursor support is better than any other computer I've ever used and the design of the keyboard is a marvel. I enjoy writing on this device more than any other keyboard I've owned. It's likely this will go down as one of Apple's best designed products in a very long time.

Autonomous MyoChair

Autonomous MyoChair

  • Category: On My Desk
  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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After enjoying the Autonomous standing desk, I decided I'd look into their desk chairs. I've never purchased a costly desk chair until this one. What I most liked about this chair was it's ability to lean back so far. I use that feature as a way to break up the day and do some reading while reclining. This is not the most adjustable chair, but it's very comfortable and seems like it's well made.

Autonomous SmartDesk Standing Desk

Autonomous SmartDesk Standing Desk

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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I bought these SmartDesk DIY standing desk legs because I already had a simple wood top from IKEA I planned to use. Eventually though, I bought a butcher block wood top and stained it with tung oil. I love the rich look and it's waterproof in case I spill anything. These legs are very simple but work well. I'd estimate that I stand about 30% of the time when I work.

Lifx Lightstrip 40"

Lifx Lightstrip 40"

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  • Rating: 3/5 Stars
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OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad 4-Bay RAID Enclosure

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad 4-Bay RAID Enclosure

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Being a serious photographer means that I have pretty serious requirements for data storage. I've sort of patched my storage together for years with smaller RAIDs and had a mostly good setup. I always knew that. I'd eventually upgrade to a larger RAID and this was what I ended up choosing. I have a bit of an odd setup, I have 2 volumes in this enclosure. One mirrored RAID setup for my photos and other data to backup or use as a workstation. And another striped RAID array for Time Machine backups. This setup works well for me because it allows me to use one cable for both volumes.

HomePod mini

HomePod mini

  • Category: On My Desk
  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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I bought two of these the instant they were ready to pre-order. I replaced the, Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III which I had for many years because I wanted a simpler setup and a smart speaker. The audio quality is more than adequate for my needs and having the smart speaker in my office is very convenient.

Magic Trackpad 2

Magic Trackpad 2

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  • Rating: 3/5 Stars
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I use the trackpad on the left side of my computer as a secondary input option. You might ask, why not use the trackpad on the computer? It's a good question, but I find that I get RSI issues whenever I consistently use that trackpad, especially with my right hand. I've been trying to train myself to use this trackpad with my left hand to better distribute the load.

Logitech MX Vertical Mouse

Logitech MX Vertical Mouse

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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I have RSI issues in my right hand that flare up from time to time. Purchasing this mouse was an attempt to lessen that pain. I compared this to the MX Master and to be honest, the build quality is worse in a few ways. But, most importantly, it is way more comfortable in my hand. I also found the MX Master's scrolling to be very fidgety. The MX Vertical is simple, straightforward, and good. I'm hoping this will end up being my primary input device.

CalDigit TS3 Plus Dock

CalDigit TS3 Plus Dock

  • Category: On My Desk
  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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The M1 MacBook Pro I bought only has 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports which was a problem I solved by purchasing this dock. I believe I use between 5-6 of the ports at any given time and it's worked very well for me. I like the build quality and how small the dock is. It fits very well into my desk organizer.

Samson Q2U Microphone

Samson Q2U Microphone

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  • Rating: 3/5 Stars
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I bought this and a boom arm as a way to improve the audio setup for video calls. People often comment on how it sounds like they're listening to a podcast when I speak on a video call. 😂 Since getting the newer MacBook Pro with improved microphones, I use this less and less. I was surprised at how inexpensive this was for how good of quality you get.

Mahabis Flow Slippers

Mahabis Flow Slippers

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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I've become a slippers person nearly 100% of my waking hours at home. These seem like they are durable, comfortable, and don't stink too much as long as I wear socks.