Computing hardware setup

Updated on .

I have a 2017 MacBook Pro 13“ without the touch bar that’s served me well. The left shift key on the keyboard has stopped working reliably at the beginning of 2021, and I haven’t been able to fix it myself. 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 ZSA Moonlander keyboard and point with a Logitech MX Master 3 mouse with the excellent magnetic scroll wheel. The laptop sits in a Rain Design mStand laptop stand and connects to an HP Z27 monitor.

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 is a better investment as a backup system.

My networking hardware is a Netgear CM700 cable modem and a MicroTik RB4011iGS+5HacQ2HnD-IN-US wireless router. I used to use Ubiquiti UniFi devices, but their security practices scared me off. The MicroTik works well, but it does run (unnecessarily?) hot. A Rainforest Automation EAGLE-200 sits nearby to monitor electricity usage.

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.