Who are you, and what do you do
Hello! I’m Dan, and I’m a software developer at Braintree Payments. At work, I write mostly Ruby and Java. For fun, lately, I’ve mostly been learning and writing Go. I work remotely from San Diego, CA.
Aside from programming, I’m a photographer (mostly landscapes) and BBQ enthusiast. I’m also a dog dad to Bear.
Before becoming a developer, I went to law school and spent a brief period of my life as a police officer.
What hardware do you use
For work, I use a 13” Macbook Pro, which is mostly SSH/VNC-ed into a more beefy AWS instance for actual work.™
My personal laptop is a 2018 15” Macbook Pro (i9) with 32GB of RAM. It’s a recent upgrade, and it’s turning out to be an amazing purchase.
I use both of these laptops with a BlackMagic eGPU hooked up to a 34” Dell curved monitor. My keyboard is an ErgoDox EZ with Cherry Browns.
I also use a 10.5 iPad Pro regularly.
It’s a great time to be a photographer, as there’s a camera out there for whatever you prioritize. For me, tactile feel of a camera is more important than specs. I primarily use two cameras:
- Leica Q
- Fuji XT-2
Both of these cameras are joys to use, and both of them perform really well in almost every measure.
I use my smoker/grill at least once a week, so it has to cook at a consistent temperature and be convenient to operate. I use a Camp Chef Wood Pellet Smoker with the sear box accessory, and it’s amazing. I also have a Pit Barrel Smoker and a Weber Charcoal Grill, but I primarily use Wood Pellet Smoker.
I also love my fireboard; it’s so nice to collect data on every cook, and set temperature alarms that go straight to my phone.
- I use Unifi equipment for networking.
- I host things on an Intel Nuc.
- I use a Synology DS918+ coupled with an expansion unit.
And what software
I write code in VSCode and Vim, or Intellij for Java projects. I use iTerm2, the fish shell, and tmux regularly.
I keep my life organized with Things and Fantastical.
I organize photos in Apple Photos; when I need more control over edits, I turn to Affinity Photo. I stopped using Lightroom when Adobe released Lightroom CC and switched to a subscription model. For what I do, Apple Photos is great at organization and sharing between devices. Affinity Photo is an amazing photo editor.
What would be your dream setup
I’m pretty happy with every thing I use. I would love a 34” inch Retina Monitor.