A blog by Alessia Bellisario

Things I Use

I thought I'd write down a few trinkets and more useful tools I'm a fan of and use in my day-to-day. 🌻

🖥 Hardware and Desk 🖨

For personal and work machines, I use late 2019 16" MacBook Pros with 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processors and 1TB SSDs.

I use a Jarvis motorized sit/stand desk with Topo foam mat when standing and a Massdrop Flex Task Chair when sitting. I use this OMOTON double laptop stand and a CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Dock to connect all my peripherals (two monitors, Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam, keyboards, drawing machines, phones, etc.) to my MacBook with a single Thunderbolt cable. I use the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse and don't think I'll ever use another mouse again.

Finally, I use a US Art Supply green self-healing cutting mat. It's taken its fair share of scuffs with the soldering I do, and has kept the desk in reasonably good shape.

What to write about this quirky little keyboard? I built it in April 2019. It's a Levinson split ortholinear keyboard with Halo True switches and WinMix Retro Beige DSA keycaps. I bought most of the parts on; while building it, I made a mistake early on so the plate on the left half doesn't match the right (stainless vs. acrylic). This has only endeared it to me more. It's a lot of fun to use.

My lancscape monitor is an LG 27" 4K and the other is a Dell 24" Ultra HD 4K. They're rigged to the desk with an Amazon dual monitor stand and both have bias lighting strips on the back.

💾 Software 🌸

I spend most of my (computer-)days in a few apps, both native Mac + web:

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