Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a list of things that have enabled them to accomplish various tasks, it seemed good to me also, having spent an inordinate amount of time determining what works best, to write an orderly account for you.
I am amazed by the M1 processor. Nearly 2x faster, perfectly silent, cool to touch. I purchased the M1 Mac mini shortly after their announcement, upgraded to the Macbook Pro later, and don't regret it.
I wish I had purchased this sooner than I did. I set my resolution to native 4K, and get an amazing amount of screen real estate. Viewsonic monitors are known for their color accuracy, and so far this doesn't disappoint.
My secondary monitors; I love the small bezels and professional look. I would not recommend for color accuracy, especially over time.
I love low-travel keys, and this keyboard doesn't disappoint. I also appreciate not having a numpad, to reduce the amount of travel my arm has to make to reach the mouse. This transition happens a lot, and I've found reducing this motion helps with RSI. I'm only waiting for Apple to release a new version with the latest keys found on the Macbook laptops.
The interchangeable side-plate, combined with a nice charging base, and side clicking on the scroll wheel, all let me create a number of shortcuts to keep hand travel to a minimum.
Using a Mac mini as my primary machine, I want to keep it from power glitches/outages.
The noise cancelation on the AirPods Pro in excellent, and helps when working from home.
I spend a lot of time in my chair; it's not something to skimp out on. I also replaced the caster wheels to protect my wood floors.
I purchased a standing desk frame, and built the rest of the desk with a butcher block for the table top, and shiplap on a 2x4 frame for the surrounding piece, to give the desk a solid and grounded feeling.
Great sound quality, no requirement for XLR connectors and equipment (but the option is there!).
I love PHPStorm. Great integrations with everything I do. My only complaint is it's all Java-based. 🙂
TablePlus lets me connect to a number of database servers; super easy.
An awesome Git UI that makes routine operations simple and fast.
I love Bear for note taking, if for no other reason than keeping my notes in a transportable Markdown format.
Fast, native, feature-rich command line.
I think Alfred is a little faster than Spotlight; and the clipboard history feature is crucial to keep from going back and forth from app to app.
Of the many cool things Rectangle does, the option to Cmd+Ctrl+Click anywhere on a window to drag that window (not jus the top title bar) makes organizing my desktop SO much easier. I can't imagine working without it.
Classic, easy task management and brain dump.
I found early on that staring at a bright, blue tinted screen all day and many nights can really strain your eyes. Not only do I run my monitors as 50% brightness and contrast, but Flux removes the blue from the screen and greatly reduces eye strain.
3-2-1 backup rule. Three copies, two local, one offsite. Crucial. Test your backups!
Secure password storage for the whole family!
Email is critical, and I have many domains. Fastmail is simple, low cost, and not Google. 🙂
Call me old school ‐ I'm still rocking small virtual servers managed through Forge.
Forge makes it incredible simple to spin up and manage servers.
Dead simple deployments for Laravel apps.
Amazing web application that makes the CI process dead simple.
Great error reporting and tracking.
Great, affordable, scalable log recording.
I'm a PC gamer. 🙂