Uses This

A collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done.

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Cassidy Williams

Software engineer

in developer, mac, windows

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Cassidy, and I'm a software engineer with way too many side projects. I love teaching other developers, and have several online classes out there, as well as a weekly newsletter and livestreaming channel. I also love building mechanical keyboards, and have several keycap designs shipped out to keyboard enthusiasts everywhere. You can find me @cassidoo on Twitter, GitHub, CodePen, and most other things.

What hardware do you use?

I use a Mac for work and a PC for everything else! My Mac is the new 2020 16" MacBook Pro, and my PC is a custom one with a Intel Core i5-9600K, a Z390 DESIGNARE Gigabyte motherboard, memory is a Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, a Fractal Design case, and, drum roll... a CD drive! My keyboards are mechanical keyboards on rotation. I've got a CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 dock that I connect to both my PC and Mac and it's a cable switch to switch between them on my monitors (which are both 27" monitors, one an LG and one a BenQ).

And what software?

I use Bear for most of my note-taking. My only gripe with it is that it's Mac-only, so I don't use it as often as I normally would because of my PC! For other things like project tracking, I use Notion. For daily task management, I actually use a to-do app I built myself called todometer. For coding I use VSCode or vim. For presentations I use Deckset. For design softwares, I use Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. My calendar is Vimcal, and my terminal is iTerm! I do most of my chatting on Discord (but Slack for work).

What would be your dream setup?

I basically want a makerspace/arcade around me. I have the nice office chair and the standing desk now, but I would love a larger space for big lights, a wide desk, and a more souped-up PC (mine can handle the streaming, but gaming and streaming at the same time can be a lot for it). The ability (and space) to have a pinball machine and an arcade box would be SO fun, as well as space for a laser cutter and 3D printer! Maybe someday!

Uses This is supported by ZSA, makers of the Moonlander, ErgoDox EZ and Planck EZ keyboards. They also publish an awesome newsletter.