The Tools That Help Me Create
This is my current development setup which includes all the hard- and software I need for my daily work as a web developer and content creator.
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- MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021)
- Apple M1 Max
- 32 GB
Mouse / Keyboard
- Keychron K3
- Apple Magic Mouse 2
- Griffin Elevator
- LG UltraFine 5K Display
- It gets powered through the USB-C connection
- I was looking for a cheaper option, but none of them had a beautiful clean design
- I didn't regret it
- Fully Jarvis Frame Only
- DIY adjustable height
- Save different height settings
Since I spent hours sitting in front of a computer every day, a standing desk was on my list for a long time. Since I moved last year, I finally had the chance and place to get one. I did a lot of research, and I'm super happy with my choice. For me, it was important that I only get the frame so that I can use a custom top.
- Custom Top
I needed a custom top for my desk to fit a niche in my office room. I didn't find one to buy, so I decided to give it a try myself. I had no experience with woodworking so far, so I watched a lot of youtube videos and talked to Jason McCreary, who is more experienced with that kind of work. In this post, I share some images of the process building the desk top.
- Secretlab OMEGA
- Charcoal Blue SoftWeave® Fabric
During the cyber week in December 2019, there was a good deal for this chair. I wasn't sure if I should try a gaming chair, but I'm pretty satisfied. Especially the pillows for your head and back are comfortable and support your body.
- MacOS latest version
- PhpStorm is the IDE of my choice
- I use a dark theme called
RIOSwhich is part of my Mastering PhpStorm video course
- Over 50 of my favorite 🧪 PhpStorm Tips & Tricks can be found here
- When I'm not inside PhpStorm, I use Hyper
- All my shell settings can be found inside my dotfiles repo
- I use Laravel Valet for local dev system
- Depending on my clients, I sometimes also use Docker
- In 2019, I switched from SequelPro to TablePlus to manage my relational databases
- Spark on my laptop
- Apple Email on my phone
- Raycast is productivity tool of choice!
- Fathom - simple, fast and privacy-focused website analytics
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MacOS Window Manager
- I need to move and resize windows all the time
- Rectangle was my app of choice. I now use Raycast for that as well.
- 1Password is my password manager of choice
- I'm using it for years now and couldn't live without it anymore
Lists / Todos
- I have a pinboard where I define tasks for today and this week
- Since 2022, I use Height as a todo app as well
- Apple Calendar & Reminders help me to not forget about important events
Mac Bar Menu Management
- With Bartender I customize the icons in the top menu
A lot of those icons you don't need regularly. So with Bartender, you can hide them and everything looks a little more cleaned up.
Recording & Streaming
- Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
- I use the pop filter of the Shure SM7B which is better
- Blue Compass microphone arm
Before the Shure microphone, I was using the HyperX QuadCast. It was a good microphone, but I wanted to level up my audio game without investing ~$1.000 in the Shure SM7B. (which is currently the standard for a high-quality microphone)
MV7 is like the little brother of the SM7B and it supports both USB and XLR. I have it connected to the Elgato Wave XLR audio interface.
- Sony Alpha 6400
- Lens - Sigma 16mm 1.4
- Mounted over a Rode Psa1 microphone boom
- The camera is used as a webcam through the Elgaot Cam Link 4k
- As a backup, I also have a HDMI Video Capture Card
- 2x Elgato Key Light Air
- They are mounted to the wall, so I don't have them on my desk.
- Philips Hue lights in the background
I regularly have video calls, and I decided to level up my video quality. Light is an essential factor of that, and so I bought the Elgato Key Light Air. I first had the more significant Elgato key Light, which is also more powerful. The downside is it comes only with a mounting system which didn't fit my desk. So I switched to the smaller Light version, which is also more beautiful. I like it a lot.
Before Ecamm Live, I was using StreamYard. I still recommend StreamYard to everyone who wants a quick start into the streaming world. It just works through your browser and is very simple to set up. I also wrote a blog post about my whole streaming setup and experience.
That's my current setup. It has come a long way and is still changing every year. If you feel like I'm missing any important tools I didn't mention, please let me know.
Find some images of my older setups below or check my 2018's setup.