Uses

What I use… and why?

So, I find it really interesting to see what other people use, and why they use it. Sometimes it’s interesting, sometimes it just gives a little insight. Sometimes you see something new and are like “He, why didn’t I know about this”. In that sense, here is my setup!

Hardware

At home and at work I have a similar setup and some things are of course going with me back and forwards.

Computer

A 13″ Macbook Pro (2019) with 16gb. The 13″ is perfectly portable since I have to carry it around all day long. Also I work with bigger screens, I actually had the choice, but I still went for the 13”.

The Oldy; a 21″ iMac from 2010. This computer has travelled with me to many locations and did function for a long time. At the moment its just my data center and used for an occasional browse.

Phone

An iPhone XS which I usually trade in every two years. Coming from Blackberries which I really liked and was hesitating to trade in until Blackberry really was dead, I’m not caged in by Apple, but I don’t mind.

Monitor

The LG 27UK670, at work a LG 27UK850, but I really prefer the lesser 27UK670. Why? Because its just plain black and no (ugly) white background and silver foot.

I would love to have a “better” monitor, actually just a old cinema display with USB-C and 4K display would be perfect, but that doesn’t exist.

Data

A series of little orange rugged Lacie disks. I unfortunately cant really use them with my Macbook Pro anymore, but they are still really nice and sustainable drives.

Audio

I truely love my headphones. A set of Audio Technica ATH-PRO700MK2. It’s the second pair and the fourth pair of rubbers, but they are amazing.

Tablet

A really old and crappy iPad which still works and usually only comes with me in the airplane. I can’t use the headphone jack so use it with my headphones and the little extender which I need for my phone anyway.

Drawing

My Wacom! At work I have a Wacom Intuos Pro and at home the older Wacom Intuos 3 A4. To be honest, I like the old one better. Less bullshit, buttons and it just works. The new one has more problems than Jay-Z.

Camera

Most pictures nowadays I take just using my iPhone. Why? Because I’m too lazy to carry my camera bag around. Although I really should do that more.

My camera bag a Crumpler which my wife calles “the Turtle” includes a Canon 6D, a Canon 60D and a few lenses; Canon 50mm F2.8, Canon EF 17-40mm F4 and a Canon EF 70-200mm F4

Editor & Terminal

Editors and terminals are changing a lot, at the moment I’m using VSCode and iTerm, but this might change any moment. I have tried many other editors, but keep coming back. Here’s how it evolved…

Visual Studio Code

Through the years I’ve used many code editors, started coding in plain Notepad, went to Dreamweaver, back to Notepad because it was lighter, Notepad++ because it gave me highlighting and later I got a Mac, back to Texteditor. Eventually that didn’t make sense and I needed an “actual” editor so I started using Coda. Which I actually till the day of today still use for opening single code files or even edit my invoices in.

From Coda I went to Atom, which has been my code editor for a long time, but recently, like a year ago I moved on. Left Atom where it is and moved to VS Code, it was a pain in the ass in the beginning, but I can’t go back anymore!

iTerm

What can I say? Since the day it came out, I’ve been using iTerm and never went away from it. I install my own colorschemes and just go with it. I have tried some other editors in the meanwhile but keep coming back.

Frameworks & Libraries

Over the years, we use many frameworks and libraries to build our apps and websites. This is an overview of the frameworks and libraries I like, or just use.

Sass

CSS, Sass… working with that I enjoy the most. Trying to create websites with the best styling and animations in lightweight way. Sass is giving me that. CSS-in-JS is nice and all, but no… Just give me Sass.

Sass

Vue

Coming from JQuery, AngularJS and having played with React and Angular… Vue is just, relieve! I love Vue and what it stands for, the way it works and intuitivety.

VueJS

NuxtJS

Nuxt is just… Well! Everything runs on it. Every time I start a project, I fire up a new Nuxt project. It just makes it easy with everything included in a fast and easy way.

We have actually created our own npx create-henris-project setup projects even easier in combination with Henri’s and some extra settings

NuxtJS

Henri’s

A Sass Toolset, the Sass framework which doesn’t give styling but just a very good set of different functions and mixins to actually build things yourself without having to override given styling.

Henri's

Guyn

My own color library, as simple implementable library which give me all the colors you see here. I got annoyed of having to pick colors every time for all projects, also to keep all my projects a little bit insync and have them the same colorways made it better. Thats why I created this libary.

Guyn

Tools & Plugins

A wide variation of tools, for designing purposes and development. I use them all at the same time and love to open so many tabs In my browser taht eventually I just close the whole browser all together. These are my go to tools and plugins.

Slack

My main messaging app, where I communicate with my coworkers and more and more people actually…

Slack

Sketch

The app I use to do some design work, even though I still don’t completely understand certain choices they made. It’s a cool app and lightweight.

Sketch App

Zeplin

The easiest way to just scroll through designs and while developing things to measure and extract certain assets without having to open all sketch files and find you way through designers messes 😃

Zeplin

Adobe Illustrator

Ever since the day i finally knew how it worked, this is my go to tool. I love Illustrator, even though Adobe is making it less and less workable.

Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

The amount of hours I spent in Photoshop I don’t even wanna think about. It’s getting slower by the version while my computer is getting faster, but yeah… Thats Adobe, I don’t think they actually care.

Photoshop

Sequel Pro

Mysql databases made easy. Before I was digging around in Phpmyadmin but ever since Sequel Pro, I really can’t anymore.

Sequel Pro

Tower

It’s not that I don’t know the git commands, its just sometimes making it easier to see what’s actually happening and make sure I didn’t forget to git add.

Tower

Postman

Checking all your api requests made visual. It just makes it easy.

Postman

Vue Devtools

I don’t think I can ever develop Vue anymore without it. Love it!

Vue Devtools on GitHub

Wordpress

Actually not a real fan, but it works. I like to simply host my CMS myself instead of using services for this. I have built my own CMS’s before like many did, but for now kinda stuck on WordPress until I find something which works better and give me the freedom of hosting it myself.

Wordpress

Dropbox

I have tried working with Google Drive, but I really can’t. Dropbox just works and easy.

Dropbox

Stack

They gave me 1tb for free in the beginning. So yes, still using it!

Stack

Itsycal

A little tool which lives in the top of my screen. Easy to navigate through the calendar just to look up what day a certain date is. I was doing this for a long time in calendar, but this is making it just 10x easier.

ItsyCal

Online & Services

Like everyone else I make use of a few services to make my life a entertainment of to make things easier.

Youtube Premium

We do have cable at home, but both TV’s are not connected. I usually don’t like watching anything on dutch tv and commercials just make me annoyed. Youtube premium finally gave me the option to disable the ads in videos and also a replacement for Spotify for the same price. After experiencing how life was with ads while on vacation where Premium didn’t work… I really enjoy Youtube Premium 😃

Youtube Premium

Netflix

A lack of Tv isn’t fully covered by Youtube, Netflix also really helps! Although I am…really curious about what Disney is going to do.

Netflix

Netlify

The easiest way to deploy my static websites (including this one). I truely love Netlify’s experience and want to do more and more with it!

Netlify

Versio

Most of the domains I own I have registered by Versio, a dutch company which is really cheap. Also websites, projects and apps which I personally make are hosted there. Am I really happy with it? Well… price-wise yes.

Versio

NameCheap

Versio doesn’t do all extensions, for the rest Namecheap is usually my go to.

NameCheap

GitHub

My daily versioning tool, I really like Github and its getting better and better. A few months ago it got free for private repositories, but I’m still paying for it. A good daily service deserves it.

GitHub