Neil Italia Rambles

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What I Use

Jan 5, 2022

3 min read

If you haven't guessed yet, I'm a huge nerd. I have a lot of tech-related playthings. This is a list detailing a variety of tools and tech I use on an almost daily basis. This list is inspired by created by Wes Bos.


  • Windows 10 + WSL2 - development supercharged by Ubuntu 18.04, because I will probably break whatever distro I'm running
  • Chrome - my daily driver for web browsing, enhanced by uBlock and Tabliss
  • Firefox - has an awesome console and HTTP testing interface
  • Spotify - hyperpop beats for coding
  • Slack - professional comms
  • Discord - comms for friends


  • Visual Studio Code - I basically live here
  • Windows Terminal - running WSL2, enhanced by oh-my-zsh and powerlevel10k
  • CaskaydiaCove NF - great font for programming, with support for powerline symbols


This is why I would prefer working from home, on my own machine.

  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700 - delicious 8-core 16-thread processing power
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti - has served me well for the past few years, waiting for current GPU prices to drop
  • HyperX Fury 16GB RGB RAM - cool customizable rainbow lights
  • 2x Sceptre C305B-200UN1 - 30-inch curved ultrawides with a 200Hz buttery smooth refresh rate
    • Left: Browsing, Devtools, API Testing
    • Right: VSCode
  • 2x Dell P2213F - flanking my ultrawide monitors in portrait mode, bought used for $30 each
    • Left: Spotify, Slack, and Discord
    • Right: Terminal
  • Lenovo Yoga 720 15" - coding on the couch and casual laptop use


I tried to downsize but all these things spark joy.

  • Google Nest Hub - Hey Google, turn on all my lights
  • Sony WF-100-XM3 - the best noise-cancelling wireless earphones
  • Keychron K2 - bluetooth, RGB, clicky switches, with Razer Phantom Keycaps
  • Pimoroni Keybow 2040 - a circuitpython-powered macro pad that allows me to quickly:
    • Toggle my Zoom camera or microphone
    • Switch between windows and tabs
    • Adjust the volume on my PC and Google Nest Hub
    • Skip, pause, and rewind music
  • Breville Bambino - great compact espresso machine
  • OXO Conical Burr Coffee Grinder - provides me freshly ground beans
  • Creality Ender-3 Pro - for printing things