This is a snapshot of the tools that I was using in 2016. A more up-to-date version can be found on the tools and equipment page.
Everyday I use a series of tools and equipment that make my life easier. These tool change and morph each year. This is my list of recommended tools and equipment.
Inspired by UsesThis.com - A collection of interviews asking people from all walks of life, what they use to get the job done.
What software do you use?
IDE and Text Editor
- Visual Studio Code - A Extensible and customizable text editor. I tend to use this text editor more then I use visual studio’s these days. Free.
- Visual Studio 2015 - A fully-featured, extensible IDE and compiler for C/C++, etc…
- ESP8266 for Arduino - A library that allows the popular ESP8266 chipset to be programmed from the Arduino IDE.
- Wireshark - A widely-used network protocol analyzer. I use this every single day.
- Gitlab - A alternative to github. git repo, issue tracker, CI, etc..
- GitKraken - A Git client. NOT free for commercial use.
- Beyond Compare 4 - A file/folder comparison tool.
- Autodesk fusion 360 - A modern CAD application. Effectively an unlimited trial.
- Cura - Cura prepares your model for 3D printing.
- GSuite - GMail, Drive, Calendar, etc…
- Skype - There are a lot of problems with Skype but its still the clearest VOIP tool that I have found.
- Google handout - Used by a lot of my friends.
- Signal Private Messenger - Private secure, end to end communications. My prefered form of communication. Chrome
- Github pages + Jekyll - Main blogging platform.
What hardware do you use?
- Microsoft surface pro 3 - This is my primary mobile computer. i7, 8gb RAM, 512GB storage.
- Logitech MX Master - Best mouse I have ever had. Wireless, adaptive scroll wheel auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scroll.
- Galaxy S6 Edge - Android phone. I do not recommend this version, I suggest getting the non Edge version.
- Wanhao Duplicator i3 - Solid 3D printer that just works.
- X-Carve CNC - 1000mm wood and plastic CNC.
- Maker’s Notebook - When I do make paper notes, this is my goto book. Grid paper with, useful reference material.
What would be your dream setup?
I am happy with what I have.