Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Chris Finazzo. A communications guy by day and web technology nerd by night (and weekends). I go by @chrisfinazzo in the usual places online.

What hardware do you use?

Since 2007, I have almost exclusively used Apple computers and iOS devices. My primary machine these days is a 2020 13” MacBook Pro. It’s one of the 4 port USB-C models whose only customization was a 2 TB SSD.1 I still keep around the hard disk from a Dell Latitude D610 that I took to college for those rare instances when I need to need to do something with Windows.

I carry an iPhone 11 Pro with me wherever I go. An iPad Air 2 fulfills my browsing and reading needs when I’m away from the laptop.

Local backups are done through Time Machine and a Western Digital drive which is connected via USB. Backblaze handles sending bits safely to the cloud.

My current router is a Linksys WRT 1900 AC. Although I try not to use it, any printing is done through a HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 connected via Wi-Fi to the 1900AC.

And what software?

To the extent that I can, all writing and coding is done in BBEdit. I run this site using Jekyll and a combination of other scripts, written in zsh inside a Rakefile. Homebrew is my package manager of choice. Just in case, I still keep around a version of John’s Markdown script for those times when I need to transform something on the fly. All of this work is versioned using Git.

I browse the web using Safari, but keep Firefox and Chrome around for their excellent development tools.

On iOS, if I’m not browsing the web, most of my time is spend in Mail, Reeder, and a constantly changing selection of games.

What would be your dream setup?

I have so many complaints about the tools I use that it’s absurd. That said, the biggest improvement I would want is a faster network connection. In an ideal scenario, this would be a wired connection for any computer and all other devices would use the fastest wireless connection that they support.

  1. Juggling a large external drive for my music library was getting old, so I had to draw a line in the sand somewhere to spend a bit more money - this was it.