Uses

The hardware and software I use

Hardware

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Laptop

My personal laptop is a Dell XPS 9370 from 2018.

CPU
Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor @ 1.8 - 4.0GHz
GPU
Intel® UHD Graphics 620
RAM
16GB RAM
Storage
512GB SSD
Display
13.3", 1080p
Weight
1.27kg

Desk and accessories

🇸🇪 My desk and chair are both from IKEA.

🖥️ I currently only have one monitor (ASUS VC239H 24", 1080p). It does the job but it's not the best quality. At some point, I plan to get a docking station, two new high-quality monitors, and a monitor stand to replace it. My current monitor stand is a copy of The Lord of the Rings!

🖱️ My mouse is a Logitech MX Master 3S.

⌨️ I don't currently have an external keyboard, but I'm looking for one.

🔊 I have a JBL Flip 3 speaker and Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones.

🎙️ I have a Yeti Snowball microphone. I've used it to narrate (unreleased) videos in the past, but it's just sitting in a drawer currently.

🪴 The plant sitting on my desk is a Zanzibar Gem. I bought it from an independent plant place in Bristol. The lady told me that "this plant thrives on neglect" and I thought "Finally, a plant I can handle!".

Gaming

I play games on my Steam Deck, usually connected to my TV. I wrote a blog post with my opinions on it.

I prefer to use either an Xbox 360 controller or a Steam Controller to play games. Except for strategy games, of course.

Servers

I use a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS) from netcup (RS 2000 G9.5, 6-core 3.35GHz, 16GB RAM). This is used to host rubenwardy.com, Renewed Tab, and ContentDB.

I have a Raspberry Pi 3B+ in the corner of my living room, which does automatic daily backups of ContentDB.

Workshop and Electronics Lab

My 3D printer is a Prusa MINI+. I wanted something that just worked and worked well, so I could focus on my own projects.

I use a Hakko FX-888D soldering station. It's so much nicer to use than the cheap one I was using previously. It's definitely worth investing in good tools.

Software

A screenshot of my computer
A screenshot of my computer

Linux

I use Linux as my daily driver. I'm currently using EndeavourOS with XFCE, but I have been known to distro-hop in the past.

DE
XFCE
GTK Theme
Ark-Dark
Icons
Qogir-Dark
Font
Noto Sans Regular
Apps
Firefox, Quassel, Albert, VSCode, CLion, PyCharm, Insomnia

I use Albert as a launcher to open applications, run calculations, and open Google searches in my browser.

Firefox

One reason I use Firefox is to support the open web and open standards. Chrome/ium having a monopoly bothers me. But the most important reason is that Firefox has the extensions I want:

Development Environment

I use CLion for C++ and Rust, Android Studio for Android, PyCharm for Python, and VSCode for everything else.

My favourite VSCode plugins are: