Computing hardware setup

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I have a 2017 MacBook Pro 13“ without the touch bar that’s served me well. The keyboard still works fine and the keys feel crisp. After this much use, my older Mac laptop keys would have started to get squishy so I’m happy with this style. A larger screen would have made the computer unwieldy for lap use and come with a touch bar, which I didn’t need.

For longer bouts of work, I attached a BTOD VertDesk v3 frame to a Fully Jarvis desktop and sit in a Herman Miller Aeron chair. I’m not sure it was totally worth it to design my own adapter between the frame and desktop, but it is a very stable desk, and I was worried that the Fully frame would be more wobbly. On the desk, I type with a Kinesis Advantage 2 keyboard and point with a Logitech MX Master 3 mouse. The laptop sits in a Rain Design mStand laptop stand and connects to an HP Z27 monitor that’s held up with a Fully monitor arm.

For storage, I have an OWC ThunderBay 4 drive enclosure with a 16GB Seagate Exos HDD. This would be great if I had a few extra drives and was into video or photos, but a NAS would have been a better investment as a backup system.

My network consists of a Netgear CM700 cable modem, a Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway, and a D-Link DGS-1008P PoE switch. The wireless network is provided by a Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC Pro.

Wherever I can fit them in the office, I have two pen plotters: an Axidraw SE/A3 and AxiDraw MiniKit 2. I control them with attached Raspberry Pi computers using The tmux terminal multiplexer to keep them running when my laptop goes to sleep.