Uses

Uses

Make sure to check out uses.tech for a list of everyone's /uses pages!

Everyday I get a few emails asking about the specifics of some piece of software or hardware I use.

I change up things fairly often, so this page will serve as a living document and a place to point curious developers to when I get asked.

If there is something missing shoot me a tweet @wesbos and I'll add it.

Most of these links are amazon affiliate links, so I'll get philthy rich if you click them and buy something.

Editor + Terminal

  • Visual Studio Code is my current editor which I switched to in September 2017 after years of Sublime Text.
  • Sublime Text V3 beta is used in most of my video tutorials — I write more about my setup in my book.
  • I created a theme called Cobalt2 for VS Code, Sublime Text and iTerm2 v3 which I use.

  • I'm currently using Operator Mono for a font. Yes I paid the $200 for it. Yes I actually like it. Before that I used Inconsolata for many years.

  • Firefox Developer has been my main browser since January 2020. We did a show on it here

  • The cursive font you see is just the italic weight of Operator Mono. Your theme must have italics in it for it to work - my Cobalt2 uses italics heavily.

  • I currently use Hyper for my terminal, but many of my videos show me using iTerm2.

  • For Sublime Text, The JavaScript suggestions you see in my videos is called JavaScript Completions - you might have to play with the settings to get it to not popup some of the node completions. For VS Code, there are no plugins needed to get this.

  • You can see most of my config files (.eslint, VS Code settings) over at my Dot Files repo but please don't just take these settings carte blanche - they work for me but might not be the best

Desktop Apps

  • I use Better Touch Tool for window management, custom keyboard shortcuts (via the Hyper key) and a few other things. Best mac software ever!
  • I use Text Expander for canned responses and for most of my code snippets
  • I've always been a huge Alfred fan and have many workflows but have recently switched over to Raycast which is even better!
  • I use Things App with a GTD mindset for managing my tasks.
  • I design almost entirely in Sketch
  • The cool Emoji picker you see me use in my videos is Rocket

Backup Strategy

My Backup strategy is as follows:

  • I backup my entire computer locally to a Time Machine on a LaCie rugged portable hard drive
  • I backup my entire computer remotely to BackBlaze
  • I still use Dropbox quite a bit, but it's a huge resource hog.
  • I run a Synology NAS DS920+ with 4 4TB Seagate Ironwolf HDD - I use this as storage for course videos that I'm not actively working on and then have those folders mirrored to Backblaze B2 as an off-site backup.

Recording

Cameras and Lighting

Desk Setup

  • My main monitor is a 32" 4k LG 32ud59. I usually run this at 1440 or 1692. Best developer monitor bang for your buck hands down.

  • To my right I run a vertical 27" 4k Dell 4k P2715Q and an open loaded macbook pro nested on a Rain mStand

  • I sit on a polished aluminum Herman Miller aeron

  • I swapped out the wheels for ROLLER BLADE WHEELS. Best upgrade ever, highly recommend these. If you have an ikea chair, get the 10mm ones, otherwise 11mm.

  • My desk is an 8 foot oak butcher block countertop on legs. Mine is solid oak, but it looks like they aren't currently selling a solid version. Most flooring and home improvement stores will sell butcher block.

  • Here is a photo of my setup

  • Everything — Monitors, Ethernet, Hard Drives, Webcam, and Power — is plugged in via a single USB cable and piped into my Caldigit TS3 Plus - This is a pretty sweet setup!

  • All this gear is pretty demanding, so I use an Amazon Basics 10 Port USB Hub to make it all work at once while only having to plug in a single cable into the above dock.

  • I currently use a 2021 16" Macbook Pro M1 Max with 64 GB ram, 2TB drive

  • Before that it was a 2019 16" MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9 with 32gb memory

  • The keyboard is an Apple keyboard with a number pad. It's space grey so lots of people think it's some wicked hacker keyboard. I've tried a few mechanical keyboards but they are all too loud for my recording :)

  • Mouse is a Logitech MX2 Master

Other Gear

  • After a lengthy search for the perfect backpack for both traveling and schlepping gear around the city I bought the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L and it's incredible (and very expensive 😑).
  • I listen to Bose QC35 headphones all day at my desk and AirPods Pro when on the go

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