My stuff

In the spirit of Uses This here is an overview of the stuff I use for coding, writing, and research.


  • I have a Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH with 8GB RAM running Windows 10.
  • I have an HP Notebook 14-an012nr running Ubuntu with 4GB RAM
  • My work laptop is an HP EliteBook 840 with 8GB RAM running Windows 10
  • I have a dual monitor setup – an HP 27ES and an LG Flatron E2350V. I hook one monitor to the Lenovo on HDMI and the other using a Benfei adapter that connects the HDMI to the MiniDisplayPort input on the laptop.
  • For scanning and printing I have an Epson XP-420.


  • On the Lenovo, I use Office 365 including Teams for collaborating with coworkers. For development I have WSL running Ubuntu with a LAMP stack. This is where I develop before pushing code to the website. I use VSCode . I recently install dbForge studio for direct database access.
  • My WSL server didn’t have all the dependencies I needed to get Jekyll to run and I got tired of searching for ways to get it work. So I installed bundler and Jekyll on the HP notebook and now use that as my development area for my whiskey journal on GitHub pages.


Due to a conicidentally timed renovation of my normal workplace, I have been working from home full-time since March 6. With the current statewide stay-at-home order, I will likely remain working from home until at least mid-April. I have been making the best of it, setting up a reasonably comfortable and ergonomically friendly workspace. I owe a debt of gratitude to Austin Kleon and one of his books (not sure if it was Show Your Work or Steal Like an Artist) for the idea of having separate digital and analog work areas. Here’s an interview where he describes it. My analog work area is a drafting board my father-in-law used to use. I raised it up so I could stand while I work.

My corona virus quarantine work space.
This angle gives a better view of the analog workspace. And by analog workspace, I mean a place where I stand and doodle and cut random objects out of old maps, books, and magazines.


My other tools:

  • My phone is a Motorola Z2 Play. It’s reliable and has good battery life. I make my last payment on it next month. I’ll probably hang onto it for awhile.
  • I use Player FM to listen to podcasts.
  • Thanks to my eldest son-in-law, I have access to Spotify Premium for downloading music.

… speaking of music (digital)

  • iHome bluetooth speaker
  • Dylan Marathon 2 wireless headset for exercising and walking the dog

Music (analog)

  • Kenwood KD-67F turntable
  • Sony STR-DE597 receiver that I bought at Circuit City (LOL) in 2004 for a little less than $200
  • I have two sets of speakers: Technics SB-K25 that I bought in high school and a more recent pair of Sony SS-MB150H.