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. 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 was truly rage-inducing, so this lasted
only a couple weeks. 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, 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
At this point I'm afraid I'm never going to find a modern laptop
to replace the X301. I don't have a lot of requirements, but
somehow with just these three, basically everything on the market
is disqualified: A) non-glossy screen, B) an aspect ratio I don't
hate (ideally 4:3 or 3:2, but 16:10 would do in a pinch) and C) no
more than 1.5kg.
I'm even willing to give up the replaceable battery, and I'll put
up with a garbage keyboard because I always use an external one
anyway, and I don't care anything for performance, but
it's still impossible to find a single new laptop that matches
even these meager requirements. I'm beginning to think
is the only option.