13” MacBook Air, M1, 16GB RAM (2020)
The M1 chip makes a difference. Since I do most of my work in the cloud, I don't need the most powerful workstation.
Logitech MX Master
Better than any trackpad. You can move between mac window spaces seamlessly.
Keychron K3 Ultra-slim Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Slim mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable switches.
Software for Solo Projects
I use it for DDoS protection, DNS, and caching static assets. Plus it allows me to avoid paying AWS $$$ in egress fees.
Infrastructure as Code makes it much easier to reuse pieces from similar projects and separate things out into dev/prod accounts.
On solo projects, I'm a fan of using boring technology for boilerplate stuff. Rails allows me to ship faster. I have no good reason for choosing it over Django, other than I know it better.
For landing pages, documentation, blogs, etc. It's a wonderful React framework that powers this site.
I'm no master of CSS, but I can use Tailwind to make things look less bad. I was an early adopter.
Black Diamond Distance 15 Pack
A cross between a running vest and a backpack. I can put my camera, water bottle, and snacks in the chest pouches. That way I don't have to stop for breaks as often. It can even hold an ice axe!
I'm far too pale to be in the mountains all day without protection. Re-applying sunscreen is annoying. I have a couple sun hoodies by different brands.
Lightweight mirrorless cinema camera.
When the weather is terrible and all my other camera gear is packed in my bag, GoPro comes to the rescue.
Outlier Slim Dungarees
I used these exclusively as my only non-hiking/climbing pants for two years. I can't imagine a better pair of casual pants.
Unless I'm somewhere extremely hot, this is the best travel shirt. Merino wool is the way to go.