My daily drivers — hardware, software and workflow
The only computer I have with me is my HP Envy 13 (2018) (my model looks a little different). It’s a 13” ultrabook, with an i5 8250u, 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 GB NVMe SSD. It’s a very comfy machine that does everything I need it to.
For my phone, I use a OnePlus 6T, running stock OxygenOS. As of this writing, its bootloader hasn’t been unlocked and nor has the device been rooted. I’m also a proud owner of a Nexus 5, which I really wish Google rebooted. It’s surprisingly still usable and runs Android Pie, although the SIM slot is ruined and the battery backup is abysmal.
My watch is a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. Tizen is definitely better than Android Wear.
For my music, I use the Bose SoundLink II. Great pair of headphones, although the ear cups need replacing.
And the software
My distro of choice for the past ~1 year has been elementary OS. I used to be an Arch Linux elitist, complete with an esoteric
window manager, all riced. I now use whatever JustWorks™.
Here’s a (riced) screenshot of my desktop.
Most of my work is done in either the browser, or the terminal.
My shell is pure zsh, as in no plugin frameworks. It’s customized using built-in zsh functions. Yes, you don’t actually need
a framework. It’s useless bloat. The prompt itself is generated using a framework I built in Nim — nicy.
My primary text editor is nvim. Again, all configs in my dotfiles repo linked above.
I manage all my passwords using pass(1), and I use rofi-pass to access them via
Most of my security tooling is typically run via a Kali Linux docker container. This is convenient for many reasons, keeps your global namespace clean and a single command to drop into a Kali shell.
I use a DigitalOcean droplet (BLR1) as a public filehost, found at x.icyphox.sh. The UI is the wonderful serve, by ZEIT. The same box also serves as my IRC bouncer and OpenVPN (TCP), which I tunnel via SSH running on 443. Campus firewall woes.
I plan on converting my desktop back at home into a homeserver setup. Soon™.