Tools


I always find it interesting to see what people use to get things done day to day. It is so easy to find the first thing that works and never ask is there something better.

This is an in-progress list of what I use:

HARDWARE

Apple iMac 15,1 (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
– 3.5 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i5-4690K (passmark 7719) (geekbench 11468)
– AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB (passmark 3839) 5120 x 2880
– 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM (11.3GB/sec – 80ns latency)
– 1TB Fusion HD (write 305 MB/s – read 598 MB/s)

ASUS VivoBook S400C – 14″ touchscreen laptop
– 1.7 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5-3317U (passmark 3089)
– Intel HD Graphics 4000 (passmark 452) 1366×768
– 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
– 500/24GB Hybrid SHDD

Nikon D3200 – DSLR camera (24MP)

LG105R360 degree camera (16MP)

Canon Selphy CP760 – 4×6 dye sublimation printer

Rigol DS1054Z4 channel 50Mhz oscilloscope

Printrbot Simple 20143D Printer

USCutter MH721-MK228″ vinyl cutter

 

CODING

Xcode

Android Studio

Arduino IDE

Sourcetree

Unity

Xamarin Studio

Sublime

 

 

GRAPHICS

Pixelmator – photoshop style editor

Intensify – lightroom style editor

Sketchgreat replacement for Adobe Illustrator and even better at UX/UI design

Blenderopen-source 3D modeling tool

OpenSCAD

SketchUp –

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Genome Compiler – free
SnapGene Viewer – free plasmid mapping, primer designer

 

UTILITIES

Etcherwrites img/iso/zip images to sd/flash drives

Blackmagic Disk Speed Testtests read/write speed of disk drives

Magnetdivides your screen into grid zones, great for 4K screens

Cyberduck

Fritzing – open-source circuit diagramming tool

Investoscope

Packet Peeper

Vector 3 – sound editor

Audio Hijack – sound realtime DSP processor

 


I'm a 29 year old UIUC Computer Engineer building mobile apps, websites and hardware integrations with an interest in 3D printing, biotechnology and Arduinos.