Last revised: 6 April 2020
Ever since I first saw a page of this kind done by John Saddington (who’s also an Aspie, by the way), I’ve tried to maintain a similar page of my own, either publicly and/or privately, because it helps when I’m sometimes asked the question of how I do things. I had the page down for a while as I gave away and/or sold most of my stuff before the recent move back to Plant City, but I suppose now is a good time to post an updated one.
This blog is currently hosted on Github Pages, which uses the Jekyll rendering engine. Pages can be written in HTML, Markdown, or Liquid markup.
I live on Office 365 Personal account because I use Excel for a lot of things, but also use a lot of Google Tools, including Google Apps Script to automate a lot of things and create APIs. Google Analytics provides insights into who’s looking at my stuff.
I’m on almost every social network to stay connected to the outside world. Most of my time is spent on Facebook because that is how my family and friends communicate with each other.
- Swarm for tracking where I’ve been, although Google’s built-in location tracking pretty much does the same thing.
- Quicken for keeping track of my finances on both mobile and desktop.
- Office Lens for capturing stuff from paper.
- My Pixel’s Recorder app to record and automagically transcribe audio (meetings, etc.) for future
I use a lot of other apps but the above are what I use consistently.
It’s proven that physically writing things down helps with memory, so I keep journals around. I’ve experimented on-and-off with using Livescribe digital notebooks, but advances with capturing pages with your smartphone camera have made things roughly equal with digital notetaking, and the latter avoids issues when the battery on your smartpen runs out of juice. Plus, digital notebooks aren’t cheap. Neither are premium notebook brands like Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm, etc., but I recently found Norcom’s Exceed® journals at the local Walmart that thus far have had all the quality of the premium brands at a mere fraction of the price.
Throughout the entire paper journey, though, one thing that has stayed consistent has been using disc-bound notebooks and planners. In the beginning there was just luxury brand Levenger’s Circa and the classic Rollabind, but since Rollabind’s patent was invalidated in 2007, just about every office supplier carries disc-bound systems these days—Tūl by Office Depot, Arc by Staples. I recently wrote up scripts in Google Apps Script to create my own timelined calendar pages for these notebooks (in SVG until I figure out PostScript and PDF) with my Google Calendar information.
I was one of those Mac junkies until a few years ago, when I started gaming and livestreaming. The Mac mini I owned at the time simply couldn’t keep up, and when it comes to gaming, it’s not happening without one of those top-of-the-line “pro” Macs, so I used part of the proceeds from selling one of my two cars not only to overhaul the remaining car, but also buy my first gaming laptop—an MSI Apache Pro. After about a year and a half, and well after the warranty expired, the MSI suddenly stopped running, and I was gifted my current Alienware 15 R3 laptop by another gaming friend.
Because of its bulky size, the gaming laptop usually stays at home, and on the road I have an Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and my Google Pixel 4XL smartphone.
I have a small server on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ here at home running a personal web and a CouchDB database for personal tracking.
The (almost) full list:
MSI Apache Pro Alienware 15 R3 Gaming Laptop.
Acer Chromebook 11 Acer Chromebook Spin 11 w/ Wacom-based EMR stylus (the kind that doesn’t need a battery).
HP Envy 8 Note Windows 10 tablet with LTE and Wacom stylus (I’d like to replace both this and the Chromebook with a Surface Go with LTE at some point).
- Lenovo Yoga Book C930 dual-screen 2-in-1 (not to be confused with the Yoga C930 2-in-1). Has the usual LCD color touchscreen and an e-ink touchscreen for keyboard, graphics tablet, notetaking, and ebook reading, and when closed it’s only slightly thicker (by a millimeter or two) than an iPad.
Motorola G7 Google Pixel 4XL smartphone with Google fabric case, on Straight Talk Spectrum Mobile (using Verizon’s network).
- Apple EarPods (still the best I’ve used, with the 3.5mm plug), now with a USB-C adapter so I can use them on my Pixel and Chromebook.
JVC Adixxion Action Cam Rylo 5.8K 360° cam for vlogging.
- An Onn Camera Accessory Kit and a GoPro Hand + Wrist Strap for mounting/using the Rylo camera (and occasionally my Pixel).
- Nikon CoolPix
L820 B500 long-zoom point-and-shoot camera ( 30X 40X!)
- Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod (for night pics and videos, and astrophotography on my Pixel)
- Wenger Maxxum laptop backpack, for when I have to carry my entire office.
- Outdoor Products Quest Daypack, a slightly less bulky bag for when I don’t have to carry my entire office (i.e., most theme park trips with my photo gear), although it still requires several minutes at bag checks for security to look through.
- Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack for when I don’t have to carry very much at all (i.e., theme park trips with just a camera and no extra gear), and it only takes security a few seconds to check. Can probably get away with a fanny pack for such trips but I don’t appear to have kept any in the move.
Pilot G-2 PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pilot FriXion erasable pens and highlighters, Zebra F-301 0.7mm ballpoint pens and M-301 0.5mm mechanical pencils for writing.
Livescribe 3 smartpen with a beat-up Livescribe journal. I use Cross 8518-4 ink refills that I can buy at any local Office Depot instead of ordering Livescribe’s online.
- Brother DSmobile 920DW portable scanner.
HP LaserJet Pro M118dw laser printer for the ‘fancy’ stuff.
- Canon PIXMA G4210 “megatank” inkjet all-in-one as my ‘workhorse’ printer/scanner.
- A Memobird G2 memo/note printer for quick notes and automatically printed reminders at home.
- A cheap mini thermal printer to print quick notes or images from my smartphone while on the road. (The link is the same model but not the same source that I bought mine from).
2009 smart fortwo passion coupé (gas-powered, not electric), nicknamed the “Doombuggy” 2017 Toyota Yaris 5-door hatchback nicknamed EVE, to get from point “a” to point “b”.
If you have any interesting stuff that you use or a page like this of your own I’d love to hear about it.