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

At work I use a late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Intel Core i7 processor and a 250GB SSD running Catalina. The keyboard went pretty quickly, so I usually travel with one of my more compact keyboards.

For my personal machine, I use a 2018 Pixelbook running Crostini on the dev channel which allows me to install Linux apps. To be honest, it's been pretty underwhelming and often downright painful: running an OS in beta is not for the faint of heart. Pros: it's super light, the battery is great and the touchscreen is interesting, though I use it far less than I thought I would. I'll probably swap it for a ThinkPad soon.

I use a Jarvis motorized sit/stand desk with Topo foam mat when standing and a Massdrop Flex Task Chair when sitting. I have a Sonos speaker, this OMOTON double laptop stand and this CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Dock to connect all my peripherals (two monitors, 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.

What to write about this quirky little keyboard? I built it (them?) 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.

For monitors, I use an LG 27" 4K monitor and a Dell 24" Ultra HD 4K. They're rigged to the desk with a dual monitor stand and both have bias lighting strips on the back, which I swear by.

Software, Drawing Machines, The Works...

To be continued!


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