What I Use
Inspired by the community, I created a list to share my love to some hardwares, apps, services that I use.
Desktop 💻: Custom PC Build (AMD Ryzen 5 3600 + ZOTAC GTX1070)
My recent upgrade to my desktop setup are Ryzen 3600, Asus Prime X570, and Corsair Vengenance Pro RGB 2x16GB. Read more about my journey on PC assemble. (Previously: Intel i5 6400 + MSI GTX960)
Laptop 💻: Macbook Pro 13" (late 2017)
I miss my old MacBook Pro 13" with HDMI & SD Card slot. It's a lot simpler than the current one. No spec comparison for dongles and I think most would agree touch bar & butterfly keyboard is not the best iteration in the history of Macbooks. It came with more powerful processing power but touch bar is never an amazing feature to work with. Cooling fans are loud for unknown reason and my battery died within 2 years. Luckily, I got a free replacement part after warrant expired due to keyboard issues. Cannot wait for the next version of Apple Silicon MBA / MBP. (Previously: Macbook Pro 13" (late 2013))
Tablet 📚: iPad Mini 5
I was excited the moment when I heard the rumors of new iPad mini. It's my favorite form factor and a no-brainer upgrade from my iPad Mini 2. It was too slow after 5 years(which is a valuable gift from my internship) for any kind of serious work that I only use it for media consumption and book reading. Matching up with the latest computing power and Apple Pencil gen 1 support, it has become a potential daily driver with multi-tasking & content creation. (Previously: iPad Mini 2)
Phone 📱: iPhone 11 Pro
I switched to Android from iPhone 6S 2 years ago. It was a curious decision to know what Android feels like. I had a Nexus 5 way back but it never become my daily phone. Android offers so many customization and automation settings that I long for, and the deep Google service integration is my main reason to purchase a Pixel (which is still disappointingly not available for sell worldwide). What's great about Pixel is the software. Although I experienced serious camera lag and even system slowdown in the first few months, Google solved these issues via their monthly updates. The flagship camera system is also about software as well. Low-light and HDR+ performance are the best in the market (when it was first launched). (Previously: Google Pixel 2)
Watch ⌚: Apple Watch (1st gen)
The original generation Apple Watch is more durable than I thought. I have been using it for 5 years, which is longer than any of my Apple products. Yes it is unresponsive and slow but since I switched the Android, I barely it mainly for health tracking and time. Frankly speaking, in the times of less notification and interruptions in our daily life, I'm good living without notification on my wrist. I will miss the haptic feedback when phone calls though. On the good side, Google Fit recently launched the long-waited iOS version, so my heart rate data can be synced from Health app. Consolidated together with my Google Map stats on Google Fit.
Headphone 🎧: Bose SoundSport Wireless
There is something wrong with my ear that I never get comfortable with in-ear headphones. There isn't many alternatives in the market and I have even considered using Airpod on Android. Luckily I found SoundSport Wireless is a unique solution to my problem. It supports connecting up to 3 devices at the same time and switches automatically if any devices play anything. There is a more expensive wireless option as well. (Previously: PUGZ Wireless Earbuds )
Camera 📸: Canon 6D + 16-35mm F4.0 & 70-200mm F4
This is the first full-frame camera I bought using the money I earned. The camera has accompanied me around the world since, out of all continents, only South America and Antartica to go! Usually my setup is Canon 16-35mm F4 & 70-200mm F4 when travel.
Backpack 🎒 : Moment Travelwear Backpack
3 out of 4 of backpacks that I've owned are from Kickstarter. Backpacks seem always a good category for crowd-funding projects, by addressing users' pain points while easy to deliver. I really like Moment's backpack color and the functionality it offers. (Previously: Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L V1)
Accessories 🔑: Orbitkey Organiser
Orbitkey is a fantastic invention that I recommend. Before this, my keys are poking holes in my pants, and it was a big mess that I carry around. Key ring is reinvented and there are bunch of accessory that you can attach on as well.
NAS 🛰️: Drobo 5N
I bought Drobo 5N more than 5 years ago. But it was not until recently I have encountered a disk failure, in which all lights started blinking, meaning the NAS is recovering data and reminds me for a replacement. It even supports dual-disk redundancy. Durability really matters when it comes to backup.
Keyboard ⌨️: Logitech K850
The key was a bit soft at first but I got used to it after a while. Best of K850 is its support of 3 devices. Switching is really easy, even better than MX Master mouses.
Headset 🎧: Logi G533
The glossy surface attracts fingerprint, that's why I didn't peel off the (Previously: Logitech G930)
Mouse: MX Master 2S
My only complaint on MX Master Mouse is its battery, I have already changed the battery since it drains within few days. For usage, it is very comfortable that my whole palm and the thumb can rest nicely. I have no issue using it all day. Scrolling is customizable (even smart detect depending on your scroll strength) but I opt for ratchet at all times.
Making backups are boring. Luckily, Bvckup allows you to sync and clone folders with different intervals, from monthly, weekly, daily, hourly to even in real-time. I use it to backup my Lightroom catalog and Obsidian base.
Google Maps have ads now, and Citymapper offers much better commute options with real-time arrival for buses in Hong Kong. Available in limited cities only, but you might be surprised there are faster ways to get to work tomorrow!
Day-0 brings in a simple calendar whenever you clicked on the time on menu bar. It saves a little bit more space to display date as well.
There are a lot of fun & creative window management apps on macOS, Divvy is my favorite. It's intuitive and customizable, you don't need to memorize different shortcuts for each window position.
I'm still keeping Evernote around as a primary note-taking and bookmark tool. Writing has switched to Obsidian, but Evernote still has the best multi-platform support & integration in my opinion.
Figma surpassed Sketch from 23% to 66% within 2 years, given the collaborative feature in this year of remote working acc to uxtools.co. No doubt with Variants, Plugins & Community it will grew stronger to make interface & web design more accessible.
Multi-account container add-on from Firefox is really handful and you don't need to create multiple Google user accounts anymore to log in different web accounts. Firefox is also privacy-focused and did I mention it's a non-profit as well?
I played Sudoku when I was young but I never reached the difficult level with lots of blanks. Good Sudoku introduces techniques to solve difficult puzzles while keeping the process intuitive & pleasant. Created by famous game developer Zach Gage.
10+ years of my film logs has been migrated from a spreadsheet into Letterboxd. Editorial picks & community reviews and watchlists are hidden gems.
If you are tired of the popcorn films on Netflix, MUBI provides a handful of critically acclaimed indie films on demand. The catalog has 30 films only but refreshes daily.
Netflix is a no-brainer for this list but an alarming issue is its content strategy - Report has shown most Netflix originals cancelled within 3 seasons as further production will not bring in new subscriber. That's very bad news.
I have struggled about switching to a new notes app for years, but I went building my new personal + design knowledge base with Obsidian. Community support with plugin & themes, together with $0 price tag is a good reason to try it out.
Another Instant Messaging alternative, created by the co-founder of Whatsapp Brian Acton.
In many ways, Telegram is better than Whatsapp. It got more user-friendly features, cross-platform support, data will not handover to Facebook. The only thing I wish is it can turn on end-to-end encryption by default.
I used Todoist for 5 years on/off. But I have been fully committed to Todoist in the past 2 years, setting up all the recurring tasks, inbox workflow are really helpful in organizing my own personal life.
Official wallpaper app from popular free image source Unsplash. It's just super easy to config according to your liking and preferences.