Front-end developer, Melbourne, Australia

Michael Uses

My software, hardware and gear - all in one place. Inspired by Wes Bos'

Setup stuff

I maintain a macOS setup cheat sheet, a similar one for Windows, and another for Linux.

Editor + Terminal

iTerm2 icon

  • VSCodium is my current editor. I made the switch to Visual Studio Code from Atom in 2018, and made the conscious choice to swap to the version with telemetry removed. Before that I used Brackets, Coda and Sublime Text. I wrote my first lines of code with Notepad++ in 2005.
  • Default Dark+ theme, default vs-seti icons.
  • I use iTerm2 for my terminal. I change the font to Fira Code, and font-size to 14.
  • On Linux I use the default PoP!_\OS terminal.
  • I use Zsh as my shell, with the Spaceship Prompt theme, via (where all my dotfiles and aliases are managed now!)

Desktop Apps

Alfred App

Design Apps

Sketch App

  • Designs in Sketch. However, I stopped buying updates when they switched to a subscription model. For that reason, I also have Figma.
  • I manage SVG icons with Nucleo
  • I compress all my images with ImageOptim.

Music Apps / Gear

Ableton live icon


  • Ableton Live 11 is my DAW of choice these days. I used to rep Pro Tools 9 hard for editing and mixing.
  • Sound Toys 5 sound design plugins
  • Loopback for more advanced audio routing


  • KORG VolcaBeats drum machine
  • Elektron Model:Samples
  • Arsenal of guitar effects pedals
  • Yamaha HS50 monitors
  • Vox MV50 Clean guitar amp
  • Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB mixer
  • Shure SM58 XLR Microphone

Laptop for work

I am now the proud owner of the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)!


  • 2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 32 GB 3733 MHz LPDDR4X
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 1536 MB

All peripherals and display running through the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 dock Pro

My Gaming PC "POOTER"

Razor DeathAdder Elite mouse

I built my own custom-made PC in 2012, and have been slowly upgrading it ever since. Running Windows 10 Windows 11 Ubuntu PoP!_OS

Full PC specs:

  • Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz (8 cores/8 threads)
  • ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING Motherboard
  • Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4 3000 Memory
  • Gigabyte Nvidia 2080 Super 8GB Gaming OC mk2 GPU
  • Corsair H100x Liquid CPU Cooler
  • 1x Samsung 860 Evo SSD (250GB) - Windows Boot Drive
  • 1x Samsung 860 Evo SSD (4TB) - Games Library
  • 1x Western Digital m.2 NVME (2TB) - Linux Boot Drive
  • 1x Samsung 860 QVO SSD (1TB) - Still need to give this a task :)
  • be quiet! Straight Power 11 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
  • NZXT H500 Mid-Tower
  • Samsung C32JG5x 144Hz 2560x1440 Display

Other Hardware

  • I use the Razer DeathAdder Elite Chroma gaming mouse
  • Apple keyboard (with the finger print reader)
  • 8bitdo Ultimate controller
  • SteamDeck (the lowest tier)
  • Raspberry Pi 3b 🍇