The things I'm currently using

This page enlists the collection of things that I’m currently using to get my work done. This includes the software, hardware, and accessories that I’m using on a daily basis at home/work. This page is ever updating.

Hardware

I’m mostly a laptop person. I’ve a 15” HP Notebook which is running on Intel Core i5. It has 8GB of RAM and 1TB of SATA hard drive. I’ve dual-boot this machine to run Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Windows 10 so that I can use former for all my programming needs and for all other purposes such as graphics design, video editing and so on, use the latter. The battery of this laptop is currently dead so I’m tethered to the wall all of the time nowadays.

I’ve a Intex optical mouse HP X3500 Wireless Mouse which I use when I need to do designing stuff.

As for the keyboard, currently, I’m using a mechanical keyboard called Zebronics Max Plus.

I also have a Transcend’s StoreJet 1TB external hard drive where I store my backups and all my multimedia holdings.

My phone’s a Xiaomi Mi A1 Pixel 4a. The reason why it’s my daily driver is that I’m a stock android enthusiast and ofcourse, it’s coming from the God of Android itself.

To listen to the music I’ve a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100, a Boat Rockerz 400 On-Ear headphones, and a three-year-old Philip’s Bluetooth speaker.

Apart from this, I own two three watches of which one is a fitness tracker called Mi Band 2 which I’m using to track my run and calories, a classic Casio F-91W, and a Casio Royale.

Casio AE1200

Software

As I mentioned earlier, I work with Linux to fulfill all my programming related stuff. And the Linux flavour I’m right now using is Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Here’s the entire configuration of my machine obtained using neofetch.

Ubuntu 18.04

I mostly work with PHP, JavaScript, and occasionally Java. I use Git to version control all my opensource and personal projects and manage all those on GitHub.

Google Chrome is my browser of choice. I use VS Code as my primary editor mainly because it’s more modern, highly configurable, and lightweight in comparison to other Electron-based editors such as Atom. Apart from this, it has a repository of great plugins. VS Code is great but when I need some more control I use IDE such as PHPStorm.

To play around with new JavaScript features and libraries, I’m using this awesome desktop playground called RunJS.

I’m using JetBrains Mono fonts across all my text editors and IDEs. These looks great overall and supports ligatures which is nice!

I love everything dark. Editor themes are no exception. Both my editor and IDE is rocking Dracula theme. It’s a great dark theme and gives me a consistent environment across my devices and setups.

I use Postman to perform API calls.

I’m sucked into Google’s ecosystem of software. I store all my photos on Google Photos and occasionally edit them on Snapseed.

Google Chrome is the browser of my choice.

I use Google Drive to store my documents and backups.

I use Google Keep to get in sync with my todo lists and important notes. But if I want to quickly take some temporory notes, I use Notepad.

I use KDE Connect to sync my files and clipboard across my Android phone and Ubuntu desktop.

To make vector graphics, I use Vectr.

I have designed this blog’s logo using Figma.

When I need to compress images, I use TinyPNG. It uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your PNG files.

I take a lot of screenshots. For this purpose, I use Flameshot as my primary screenshot tool and Zoho Annotator to take take screenshots while I’m on Chrome.

I occasionally record screencasts. For that purpose, I use OBS Studio.

I read a lot of eBooks. I use Foliate to read eBooks on my Ubuntu machine and Google Play Books to read on my mobile phone.

The Blog’s Stack

As for this blog, it is currently being setup on top of Jekyll which is a static site generator and is hosted on GitHub Pages. The Jekyll theme that I’m using is called Reverie. I have customized it heavily according to my taste.

The search in here is powered by this little JavaScript library which is perfect for a static site built using Jekyll.

For all my Markdown writing needs, I use an editor called Markdownify which I made two years ago. And for fixing grammar and typos, I use Grammarly.

I use Spark by Adobe to create image banners for my articles.

I’m an avid reader so I’ve kept a list of RSS feeds of my favorite blogs in Feeder.

In closing

So, that’s about it. These are all the things which I use on a day-to-day basis at my work/home to get the things done. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know in the comments below if you want to know anything which might have missed in the article.

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