Sven Luijten

I use...

This page details all the hard- and software I use on a day-to-day basis. Be sure to also take a look at uses.tech for a list of other awesome /uses pages!

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Workplace


My daily driver at the moment is a 2019 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. This is attached to my CalDigit TS3+ via a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, which is hooked up to 2 Dell Ultrasharp U2515H displays.

My peripherals of choice are:

I will also occasionally use my pair of AirPods Pro (2019) if I am feeling adventurous.

I have the IKEA IDΓ…SEN sit/standing desk, and when I am not standing at it, I sit on an IKEA MARKUS office chair.

Software


Alfred

I use Alfred all the time. It is my app launcher & switcher, my clipboard history manager, my workflow launcher, and my snippet expander. It is incredibly versitile and well worth the cost of the power pack.

Code editor

My primary IDE is whatever Jetbrains IDE works best for the language I am developing in at the time. On PHP projects, this is PhpStorm. For Go, Goland. If I am writing Java, Intellij it is. For simple throwaway scratch files and quick editing (that does not require an IDE), I use Microsoft VS Code.

1Password

1Password is by far the best password manager I have used to date. After years of having a cobbled together solution of Dropbox + KeePass + lots of frustration, I made the switch and have not looked back since.

Things

Having used no proper todo app for the longest time, I finally decided to start using one after reading the book Getting Things Done. This has proven to be the best thing I could have done. And since I already up to my waste into the Apple ecosystem, I figured I would pick up the best todo app available.

Notion

Just like all the cool kids in 2021, I am using Notion for some of my note-taking. I still have yet to find the perfect note taking solution, but for structured content, Notion comes pretty close. And its free plan is quite generous, too!

Daily Carry


In my pockets

The following things are always on me, regardless of where I am.

Travel

When I am out and about, I will use either my 20L Everyday Backpack (Tan), or the 30L Charcoal version as a backpack. This holds a nondescript 1L water bottle that I drink out of during the day, as well as my Peak Design Field Pouch (Charcoal) filled with cables, a battery bank, and a Samsung T5 USB-C SSD.

When I have to sit in transit for a while, I will take my pair of Sony WH1000XM3's with me to listen to music and podcasts, and drown out the noise around me, as well as my Kindle Paperwhite to read while on the go.

For shorter trips, I will usually just take my AirPods Pro (2019) with me. They are far more convenient than a big chunky pair of headphones, and the sound quality is not bad either.