The people who use our boards.
The people who use our boards.
Amanjeev SethiSenior Rustlang Programmer and Trainer
Who are you, and what do you do? What do you like to do outside of work?
My name is Amanjeev—Aman or AJ for short—and I am a software engineer, Rust programming language trainer, and a humble yak shaver by profession. I have been involved in computer programming since the early 2000s, and I have been a research programmer supporting the genomics areas for most of my career. Apart from that, I have done some freelance consulting and been involved in certain open source communities.
Outside of work, I like to do photography and poetry, listen to music, take long walks, and read.
What hardware do you use?
My work computer is a Lenovo T14s with AMD Ryzen and 32 gigs of memory. It has been okay. I also have a dev server next to me that is also AMD Ryzen, but with 64 gigs of memory, so that one is slightly better. I run a long compilation on that box when I need to.
For photography, I use a MacBook Pro (Apple silicon), which is blazing fast for photo editing of large RAW files. Also, I have bought into the Apple ecosystem so, well, it is hard to break away.
For reading, I own an iPad Air, which I also use for photo editing sometimes.
For embedded stuff I have started to play with a bunch of boards. I own STM boards, Espressif boards, and Nordic Semiconductor boards. I have just ordered a bunch of hardware to experiment with more embedded stuff, and I am very excited!
I used to be a DSLR person a few years ago, with a Nikon D7000. Not being full frame was important to reduce the weight of the camera, but around 2019 I decided to go mirrorless. It helped reduce the footprint even further, and I do not miss DSLR anymore. I work with Fujifilm X-T3, and I can recommend this beautiful camera wholeheartedly. The dials and physical buttons for nearly everything I need to adjust while in the middle of a shot is something I cannot lose anymore. Compare that to the Nikon, where I had to fiddle with the menu more than often. Yes, good physical input ports on any device win!
Headphones and portable amp
I recently made the jump to high-impedance, amp-requiring headphones, and I settled on Drop+Sennheiser HD 6XX. They are not super expensive but are very comfortable, have an open back, and have the best quality I have ever seen on any pair I own. I also own Bowers and Wilkins P7s, but they are no match for the HD6XX, in my limited experience. I do use a portable amp called DragonFly Red.
I also use Apple AirPods and for workouts, a Shokz pair that are bone-conduction headphones and are comfortable for extended wear than anything else. Shout out to a good friend who gifted me theirs! They work surprisingly well, but do not expect good quality for music. I use them to listen to podcasts while working out, in case you want to understand my use case.
I use Synology 4bay as my network storage. It’s been headache-free for a few years now, so I cannot complain.
Pens and notebooks
I use fountain pens. Currently, my go-to pens are Kaweco AL Sport and Pilot Vanishing Point. I also love the Rotring 800 0.5mm pencil. Needless to say, I also invest in good quality paper for these fountain pens. I am a big fan of Japanese paper companies like Midori. My favorite diaries/notebooks are from Taroko Design in Taiwan.
And what software?
Code and writing
I cannot live without JetBrains’ IDEs. I use CLion heavily, although these days I am also using VS Code. For one-off editing, especially on remote machines, I use Emacs with Tramp mode. I primarily use Linux as my operating system and switch between NixOS and Ubuntu. Of course, I also use MacOS regularly. I use the Iosevka typeface across the board, and I love it a lot. I tend to stick to a font for a few years before I switch, if I switch at all.
These days, I deploy the topgrade tool to most UNIX-like operating systems to upgrade them (other Linux machines that are not NixOS). Not sure how I survived without such a tool for years.
I use the Adobe suite of products, mostly Lightroom, to manage my photography catalog. This is another one of those ecosystems that I cannot easily leave due to years of usage. However, it has worked well so far.
What’s your keyboard setup like? Do you use a custom layout or custom keycaps?
My keyboard setup is “custom,” but it depends on the definition of the word. I do not use custom keys, but I have moved the top row a bit inwards and I do have macros for copy, paste, open tab, close tab. The double tap on any of these works for the terminals, too! I have a dedicated layer for MacOS for when I switch to that.
What would be your dream setup?
Unfortunately, I would like a cleaner desk, so my dream setup has to do with more space or affordable storage. LOL!
I need to add a telescope and a microscope to my list of setups so that I can do some photography of the largest and the smallest. This plan is in the works, though!