Over the years
interviewed about the hardware and software I use. But more
recently I've kept a log of changes here for things that are too
dull to warrant a full post.
- Started working from home on an IKEA
Jerker standing desk. Upgraded from
X61 tablet to
X200s; running Ubuntu and GNOME 3.
- Started using a Nexus One mobile device. Posted
a detailed overview of what I use on my
blog. Started using
Freestlye Solo keyboard, which was nicer than the MS Natural
4000 keyboard I had before but was still a bit
- Switched from Ubuntu to Debian Stable, mostly out of
frustration that Ubuntu had been sinking a lot of resources into
redundant projects like Unity and betraying user trust by
integrating Amazon services into the desktop. Started
using XMonad for tiling window
- Got interviewed
on The Setup about what hardware and software I use.
Started using a Samsung S9 for a while in
the summer; loved the high-brightness matte display but gave
up after a few months because the shallow chiclet-style
keyboard was so frustrating to use.
- Built an Ergodox
keyboard from a kit. Upgraded mobile to the unremarkable
- Designed and built
keyboard; started using it nearly exclusively.
but didn't end up using it much over the Thinkpad, largely due
to making the mistake of buying the "desktop" version which
has no battery. Had a custom bamboo
standing desk built for me.
- "Upgraded" mobile to Galaxy S5 which turned out to be mostly
disappointing. Started using XFCE. Upgraded
X301 which is slow but wonderful in every other regard. Got
X260 for work, but hated it because of the low-resolution,
dim screen, so mostly ended up using it at the desk with an
external display or two. Stopped using package.el for
Emacs libraries; switched to
subtree for dependencies instead.
- Stopped using Conkeror as
my primary browser due to upstream support being discontinued;
switched back to Firefox. Hated it due to lack of Emacs key
bindings but lacked any viable alternative. Used AwesomeWM
briefly but soon switched to EXWM to allow me
to continue using Firefox with Emacs key bindings. Bought
Pixel 1 because it has a great aspect ratio, but the
glossiness of the screen made it unusuable for anything but
video calls. Constructed a
standing desk out of galvanized iron pipe. Won a pair
K7XX headphones at a raffle at the Living Computer Museum
which turned out to have excellent sound and be very comfortable.
- Upgraded mobile to Nexus 5
running LineageOS, which is
significantly better than the Galaxy S5 other than the battery,
but it's still mostly used only for reading email
Got a pair of Tomu devices to use
for 2FA which work really well. Got
a Glowforge laser cutter,
which is amazing. Built
an Atreus Deck
- Replaced my mobile with a Pixel 3a, which is one of the few
devices available that still has a headphone jack. Major downsides
include the non-replaceable battery and lack of SD card
slot. It's absurdly large; I have huge hands and still can't
reach the top of the screen with one hand. It's tolerable.
- Bought an MNT
Reform DIY laptop kit. It's somewhat heavy, but it's got a
bright medium-resolution screen, user-serviceable batteries,
and a mechanical keyboard. The keyboard has some
imperfections (the row-stagger makes you contort your fingers
event a little more than conventional keyboards) but it's by
far the best keyboard I've used on any laptop. Still, I hope
to replace it with a column-staggered keyboard using clicky
switches at some point. Unfortunately the built-in wifi is
plagued by severe range deficiencies. On the other hand,
the replaceable standard-sized batteries are a really great
feature and the screen is both bright and matte.