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I always get asked about my setup and the hardware/software I use on a regular basis.

I’ve been asked once or twice about my setup and the hardware/software I use on a regular basis. So by popular demand here’s list of the things I feel like help me get things done (and make solid Slack emojis ).

Hardware & Desk

Since quarantine began I’ve dropped ~$60 renting Trolls World Tour and leveled up my home “office” by adding a new desk to the mix — Lifetime Plastic Folding Table.

Envy me.

MacBook Pro

2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)

ASUS Monitor

I use an ASUS VA32AQ 32″ display, but that’s only because starting with the 2018 MacBook models there’s no option to use a monitor that requires a mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual-Link cable.

To this day I much prefer my budget Yamakasi Catleap Q720 27″ IPS Monitor.

Other Stuff at My Desk



launch.json / settings.json

  • Font: FiraCode
  • Theme: GitHub Theme
  • Extensions:
    • Auto Close Tag
    • Auto Rename Tag
    • Babel JavaScript
    • Bracket Pair Colorizer 2
    • colorize
    • EditorConfig: Maintains consistent coding styles for multiple developers across various editors and IDEs.
    • ESLint
    • Flutter (dart-code.flutter)
    • Dart (dart-code.dart-code)
    • GitLens
    • Import Cost
    • Indent Rainbow
    • Prettier
    • Settings Sync
    • vscode-styled-components
launch.json for Flutter projects
launch.json for React projects
extensions.json for React / Ant Design projects

Android Studio

It’s a necessary evil.

Hyper.js + ZSH

I switched from using iTerm2 to Hyper.js about the same time I dropped Sublime Text / Atom for VSCode.

macOS Settings

I always change a handful of macOS defaults that Apple sets.

# Show Library folder
chflags nohidden ~/Library

# Show hidden files
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

# Set highlight color to green
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600"

# Automatically quit printer app once the print jobs complete
defaults write "Quit When Finished" -bool true

# Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog
defaults write LSQuarantine -bool false

# Restart automatically if the computer freezes
sudo systemsetup -setrestartfreeze on

# Disable hibernation (speeds up entering sleep mode)
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

# Disable the sudden motion sensor as it’s not useful for SSDs
sudo pmset -a sms 0

# Show path bar in Finder
defaults write ShowPathbar -bool true

# Show status bar in Finder
defaults write ShowStatusBar -bool true

# Display full POSIX path as Finder window title
defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true

# Disable the warning when changing a file extension
defaults write FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false

# Use list view in all Finder windows by default
defaults write FXPreferredViewStyle -string "Nlsv"

# Prevent left and right swipe through history in Chrome
defaults write AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false
defaults write AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false


One of my most used apps and one of the first app’s I install on a new machine. The added features (Clipboard History, Global Search, Custom Workflows) you get with the PowerPack upgrade is well worth the investment.

You can see a few workflow’s I’ve built over the years here.


A window manager for macOS which allows single keyboard shortcuts to arrange, move, and resize windows to predefined templates. Moom isn’t free, but there are some quality free alternatives out there: Rectangle, Spectacle


Finicky is a macOS app that allows you to setup rules and conditions to tell links which browser they should open. This helps me stay organized and keep work-related items in one browser and everything else in another, different browser.

Here are some examples of how I use finicky:

Strip tracking tags
Open localhost in a specific browser


Nearly all of my non-dev project files are thrown into Dropbox. Personally, I prefer storing as little data as possible locally on my machine, it makes setting up new machines much quicker, and it’s accessible anywhere.

I also use Mackup to keep all of my app and game settings/configurations in sync. This makes setting up a new machine a breeze.

Here’s what my Mackup config looks like:

Other Apps I Use

Apps We Use @ MotionMobs


So that’s my setup. If you’ve got any questions, or want more details about anything you can reach out to me on Twitter.

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By Wade Garett