How I Work

One of my favorite posts that I see in personal blogs and elsewhere is the “How I Work” post. The posts where someone expresses the tools they use, the software they can’t live without, and the music that is blasting into their ears while they create. I’ve always thought my stuff wasn’t cool enough to even bother posting about, but I’m also sure that these people think the same thing.

I’m hijacking the questions from a site I really dig called UsesThis. Seriously, go check that stuff out because it’s awesome.

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Stephen Adams. I’ve been a computer nerd since I got my first box when I was eight in 1993. I’ve worked my way through several different jobs in my career. Help Desk, Network Admin, System Admin, System Engineer, and now I do Development. It’s been a fun ride for sure. On the side, I’m a podcaster and video game streamer on Twitch for the 2DorksTV channel that my friend Ashley and I started. Our main show is Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.

What hardware do you use?

I mainly operate from my work laptop which is a Lenovo T460s. It’s running Fedora 27 and I’m really digging it. I thought I’d never be able to look back once I started using a Mac years ago, but I’ve become less interested in the aesthetic and more interested in getting things done.

At home I have a beastly machine I built in 2011. Well, it was a beast when I got it. I’ve upgraded the video card but other than that it’s still doing a great job with the stuff I put in it to begin with. Here’s the pertinent stuff:

  • Intel 2700k (OC’ed to 4.3Ghz)
  • nVidia GTX1060 6GB
  • 16 GB of DDR3 RAM

I also have a couple 23″ Dell Ultrasharp monitors that I bought years ago. One of my favorite things on my desk is my WASD Keyboard. I custom built it on their website and using Inkscape to do the lettering and symbols. It has Cherry MX Red switches with O-Rings to silence it a bit so I don’t drive co-workers nuts.

I also have a Behringer XENYX USB mixer and a Heil PR40 for the podcast. I picked up the PR40 for Christmas years ago and it is easily the thing that improved our production quality the most.

And what software?

As for OSes, I’m on Windows 10, Mac OS High Sierra, and Fedora 27. I need all three for different reasons. Windows for gaming, Linux for work, and Mac for….other stuff?

When I sit down, these apps are always available:

I use these for streaming and podcasting:

What would be your dream setup?

I’m pretty much good to go on my setup. I think I have everything I need to get the work done that I need. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having my shed finished into an office where I can really disconnect and get stuff done. That shed would have completely hidden cables and a perfect layout. I’m not sure what that looks like right now, but I’m sure it will come to me once I start really planning it out.