A living document of the gear and tech I use day-to-day.
🤔 What’s Up With Uses?
It’s a convenient way to list the gear you have, keep track of what you’re using, and make it shareable with others, all in one place.
Check out everybody elses “/uses” page on uses.tech as well
📚 Desk Setup
This is where the large majority of my day-to-day gear lives.
- Desk: old door strapped to some generic sit/stand legs.
- Mouse: Logitech G502 gaming mouse
- Monitors: some older Dell monitors I got for free from my last job. I’m not sure what the model is but they’re 1080p and good enough!
- Google Home Display: I use the display to show photos, and as a convenient way to use my smart home controls.
🖥 Desktop Computer
- CPU: Intel I7 10700K @ 3.8GHz.
- CPU Cooler: Corsair H60i AIO.
- RAM: 32 GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance RAM @ 3600MHz.
- GPU: GTX 1660 Ti.
- SSD: 256 GB ADATA SATA III.
- HDD: 2TB Hard Drive (not sure of brand).
- PSU: Corsair CX750F RGB 750 watt.
- Case: Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Mid-Tower ATX.
I somehow ended up with a stack of laptops over time.
- 2 x Dell Latitude 7440: One from the current job, one from the previous job that I got to keep. They’re both i7’s, with 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
I use a whole bunch of software on the day-to-day, here’s a summary of specifically the dev tools I use:
- Operating system: Windows 10/11 with WSL 2 (Ubuntu LTS).
- Terminal: Windows Terminal + a custom ubuntu profile.
- Shell: oh my zsh + the PowerLevel10k theme.
- Version control: git + GitHub but exploring self-hosted options like Gitea
- Diagraming: draw.io for finished diagrams + excalidraw for whiteboarding
- Code editor: Visual Studio Code for personal or PyCharm by JetBrains for work at UFV.
- Database viewer: TablePlus for personal, or DataGrip by JetBrains for work at UFV.
- Data manipulation: Jupyter Notebooks or Excel if there’s no other option.
- Notes: Trilium notes, which is basically Obsidian but setup as a self-hosted web app.
I’m sure there’s more, but as of writing this is what I use daily to get my job done.
💿 Servers & Hardware
I have an ever-growing homelab in my office as well. The lab has a few servers, but not much else.
🐢 NAS Server (a.k.a MoonTurtle)
My NAS is used for data storage and a bunch of dockerized applications (like NextCloud, Trillium notes, some dev environments, and databases). It’s mostly just a Frankenstein of my first PC build from 2012. The specs are:
- CPU: Intel I7 3770 @ 3.2GHz.
- CPU Cooler: Stock Intel cooler.
- RAM: 16GB of Kingston HyperX @ 1600MHz.
- GPU: Intel Integrated Graphics.
- SSD: 256 GB Samsung EVO Black: used as a cache drive.
- HDD: 2 x 4TB Seagate IronWolf NAS drives: one parity drive, total 4TB of storage.
- PSU: XFX 500 watt.
- UPS: APC 850VA Battery Backup (backs up the router, switch, and NAS).
- Operating system: unraid makes managing VMs, Docker Images, and VPN access to my house really easy.
🍓 Raspberry Pi Cluster
I have 3 Raspberry Pi 4Bs w/ 8gb of RAM I use for a Micro K8s cluster. They’re all setup with the exact same hardware:
- Storage: 64GB SD card
- Case: Argon One case for Raspberry Pi.
- Sony WH-1000xm4: Awesome wireless noise-cancelling headphones. I have the black ones 🎧
- Lots of books: I have a huge stack of unread books on my desk that I’m slowly working through.
- Forestry.io: a CMS that I use for this site. I’ve just recently set it up, and the text you’re reading right now is the first content change I’m making in the CMS.