The things I use

Updated

Inspired by others (uglyduck.ca, kevq.uk) this page will list (some) of the things I use in my everyday (tech) life.

And while we're at it - this site uses the excellent Etch theme. Thanks Lukas!

Hardware

Laptop

My current main machine, bought used in late 2021.

Manufacturer

Apple

Model

Macbook Air M1

Memory

8 GBytes

Storage

256 GBytes

Old laptop

My previous main machine, I've managed to fix that MBA M1 now :-)

Manufacturer

Xiaomi

Model

Mi Air 12.5"

CPU

Intel(R) Core(TM) m3-6Y30 CPU @ 0.90GHz

Memory

4 GBytes (!)

Storage

256 GBytes Samsung NVMe

Operating system

NixOS, currently using GNOME 3

I've had to turn up the system swappiness in order to use it these days - browsers really likes RAM! In NixOS configuration lingo this is what I did:

  boot.kernel.sysctl = { "vm.swappiness" = 80; };

File server

Great machine, but I've been thinking of migrating it to a pure FreeBSD installation at some point. TrueNAS is great, but I want that bridging performance fix at some point

Manufacturer

DIY

Motherboard

SuperMicro X11SSL-F

CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1220 v5

Memory

32 GBytes

Storage

~12 TBytes

Operating system

TrueNAS Core

Networking

10 Gbps

Application server

I don't need this machine, but it's great to have.

Manufacturer

HP 290-p0043w

CPU

Intel® Core™ i3-8100 Processor

Memory

16 GBytes

Storage

128 GBytes

Operating system

FreeBSD 13

Networking

10 Gbps

Home Assistant machine

Same hardware as the application server, more or less. I might reinstall this and use HAOS as a VM at some point, but it works really well this far.

Manufacturer

HP 290-p0043w

CPU

Intel® Celeron™ G4900 Processor

Memory

8 GBytes

Storage

128 GBytes

Operating system

Home Assistant OS

Networking

1 Gbps

Router

Manufacturer

Qotom

CPU

Intel® Celeron® Processor J1900

Memory

8 GBytes

Storage

64 GBytes

Operating system

Debian 11

Networking

4×1 Gbps

Software

Applications

Emacs

For reading my email (mu4e + isync), for nearly all text editing, and much more. I've been an avid user of org-mode since my university days, starting approx. 2009 or so.

kitty

A terminal emulator

Firefox

Because reasons :)

Ansible

Anything can be done with a few hundred lines of yaml!

Services

Self-hosted

A lot of self-hosted services, mostly hosted on my home network. These are (mostly) running in jails on my FreeBSD machines, except for Home assistant which is running on it's own machine.

Miniflux

Great RSS reader, I use it literally every day!

Home assistant

Used it since 2017, great from day one but has only improved since. I'm also using ESPHome a lot for DIY sensors, and some Tasmota as well.

Mosquitto

I'm using MQTT for a lot of use cases at home.

Grafana

Used both for sensor data and to analyze system performance

InfluxDB

Time series database, both systems and sensor data

PostgreSQL

For Miniflux, Home assistant and others

Syncthing

For syncing files between computers

Navidrome

Great way to access my music collection in a browser!

step-ca

Great piece of software! Manages my internal certificates, and the ACME backend makes sure that everything uses TLS internally.

grocy

A proper ERP system for my fridge :-)

Restic + restserver

Self-hosted backups, I really like restic-restserver.

Managed

Stuff I'm using but not hosting myself (yet):

Bitwarden

My password manager of choice, a paying customer for a great number of years

sr.ht

For my git repositories and their build service.

Pocket

For all the things I'll probably never manage to read

Bandcamp

Bought waaay too much music here!