Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 (2019)My first professional grade laptop was a 2012 MacBook Pro my dad bought me for college. I used it all the way until 2019, upgrading the internals along the way when things got to slow.In 2019, an interviewer mentioned my laptop was a bit slower than other laptops around the office. I decided to upgrade to make my interviewing experience a bit better and got myself a Lenovo. I tripped over the power cord that December and bent the plug, and that is when I decided to keep it.I like this laptop for the upgradeability - I buy RAM and disk separately to get the best price and upgrade on my own timeline. Since I use Linux, I'm hoping this is the last laptop I really need to upgrade to. If Ubuntu gets too slow, I'll change the distro to something like Arch.
2x Dell U2717D Monitors (2018)Linux resolution scaling can be a nightmare. I purchased my laptop with the smallest resolution possible (1440p instead of 4K). For monitors, I was worried that Linux drivers for ultrawide monitors would not be supported, so opted for a more traditional setup of two monitors. More screen space as a developer = higher productivity.
Herman Miller Aeron Chair (with Lumbar Support)Herman Miller chairs come new at $2000. I buy my Herman Miller chairs for around $400 on Craigslist. I bought one for work and one for home. I dropped the second one down some steps in D.C. and it still works fine.
Visual Studio CodeThis editor is so good, it made some Microsoft haters come out of their shell. Look through the extensions marketplace for popular extensions, it turns a simple text editor into an IDE beast.
tmuxI used to use iTerm2 but there is no equal on Linux. So I use tmux - combined with tmux-resurrect, I can create the perfect terminal layout for me, take it to any operating system, and save my setup to disk to boot up whenever I restart my laptop.
OBS StudioAn open-source version of Loom. Pretty much has all features Loom has, a bit clunkier to use with worse audio, but totally free.
ChatGPTIt's pretty much my unpaid intern that I don't feel bad about underpaying.
Hourly JournalI built out my own software to record an hourly journal, where I actually record my day in 15-minute increments. It's helped me stay focused during long stretches of personal time.