Work setup for late 2021

I did this earlier this year, but things have changed quite a bit since then.


1. 13" M1 MacBook Pro Blows away my old 16" hexa-core i7 MBP, but still chugs a little because macOS continues to develop strange bugs. Sits in a TwelveSouth BookArc.

2. LG UltraFine 5K display Great camera, powers the MBP with a single cable, 5K resolution - what’s not to love? I’ve looked at other monitors, but not much beats this one without spending a lot of money.

3. HomePod mini One of three in the house - I run audio through here sometimes, or put calls on speaker. I still wish Intercom was a bit more intuitive.

4. Google Home Hub Mostly for the photo frame functionality, though occasionally for broadcasting to specific rooms.

5. AirPods Max Stupidly expensive, worth every penny. Amazing for Zoom, voice calls, music, drowning out noisy children.

6. Yeti Rambler 30oz Keeps my sparkling water cool all day long.

7. Orbitkey Desk Mat Backed this on Kickstarter and love it. The cable retention in particular is 😙👌

8. Logitech MX Keys for Mac Slightly more travel than the Magic Keyboard, which isn’t ideal (I’m one of those freaks who like super flat keyboards) but it’s got a surprising amount of heft which means it doesn’t move around the desk. The backlighting and multi-device support are the icing on the cake.

9. Logitech MX Master 3 Finally upgraded from the first version, highly recommended.

10. Coffee This is cup number five for today.

11. IKEA Bekant standing desk Usually in the lower position, though I stand up for meetings and interviews.

12. Steelcase Gesture chair Best chair ever. Amazingly comfortable, adjustable in every dimension you could want, reinforces good posture, but still lets you recline when you really want to. Wouldn’t trade it for anything.

13. Ginger Our youngest, nearly 2 years old we think. We inherited her when she got stuck on the roof of a construction site next door, and we couldn’t track down her owners.

14. Scarlett The middle child, 4 years old. Someone dumped her and her brothers in a front yard in Northcote - I saw her photo on r/melbourne and knew she’d be joining our family.

15. Windows East-facing with lots of sun, so I don’t need a ring light anymore - but constant dust and dirt from the nearby construction. You win some, you lose some.