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Tools and equipment 2016
2016-12-30 00:01

This is a snapshot of the tools that I was using in 2016. A more up-to-date version can be found on the tools and equipment page.

Everyday I use a series of tools and equipment that make my life easier. These tool change and morph each year. This is my list of recommended tools and equipment.

Inspired by - A collection of interviews asking people from all walks of life, what they use to get the job done.

What software do you use?

IDE and Text Editor

  • Visual Studio Code - A Extensible and customizable text editor. I tend to use this text editor more then I use visual studio's these days. Free.
  • Visual Studio 2015 - A fully-featured, extensible IDE and compiler for C/C++, etc...
  • ESP8266 for Arduino - A library that allows the popular ESP8266 chipset to be programmed from the Arduino IDE.

Development tools

  • Wireshark - A widely-used network protocol analyzer. I use this every single day.
  • Gitlab - A alternative to github. git repo, issue tracker, CI, etc..
  • GitKraken - A Git client. NOT free for commercial use.
  • Beyond Compare 4 - A file/folder comparison tool.


  • Autodesk fusion 360 - A modern CAD application. Effectively an unlimited trial.
  • Cura - Cura prepares your model for 3D printing.




What hardware do you use?

  • Microsoft surface pro 3 - This is my primary mobile computer. i7, 8gb RAM, 512GB storage.
  • Logitech MX Master - Best mouse I have ever had. Wireless, adaptive scroll wheel auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scroll.
  • Galaxy S6 Edge - Android phone. I do not recommend this version, I suggest getting the non Edge version.
  • Wanhao Duplicator i3 - Solid 3D printer that just works.
  • X-Carve CNC - 1000mm wood and plastic CNC.
  • Maker's Notebook - When I do make paper notes, this is my goto book. Grid paper with, useful reference material.

What would be your dream setup?

I am happy with what I have.