My Setup at Home (12/2021 update)

My Setup at Home (12/2021 update)
Photo by Christopher Gower / Unsplash

In this post, I'm presenting my updated setup at home. The previous version was from May 2020.

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» Desk

  • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2017 (personal laptop)
    • development side projects
    • writing
    • office stuff
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2019 (work laptop)
    • development, research
    • meetings
  • Two 27-inch QHD displays (Dell P2720DC)
    • nice 3 monitors setup, including the laptop's display
    • I regret not going 4K since I basically spend my days reading text.
  • Thunderbolt dock (CalDigit TS3+)
  • Standing desk (from Autonomous)

πŸ“± Mobility

  • iPhone 13 Pro
    • reading (Miniflux, Wallabag)
    • media consumption (YouTube)
    • pictures
  • iPad Air 3 & Apple Pencil
    • reading (Miniflux, Wallabag)
    • note-taking, annotating documents, sketching
    • accessing my recipes (I use Paprika)
    • media consumption (Plex, YouTube)
    • writing, sometimes
  • Kobo Libra H2O (e-ink reader)
    • reading (ePub books, Wallabag)

πŸ’Ύ Servers

  • Raspberry Pi 4 model B, 8GB
    • Home Assistant
  • Raspberry Pi 3 model B+
    • display for Home Assistant in the hall
  • Self-built server
    • proxmox with one VM (for the moment)
    • host all my services in docker containers

🍿 Media

  • Apple TV 4K
    • media consumption (Plex, Netflix, YouTube)
    • Apple Home hub (control HomeAssistant devices with Siri & Apple Home app)
  • HomePod
    • play music through AirPlay or with Siri
    • answer Siri requests

🏑 Home

  • a set of connected light bulbs, plugs and wall switches
    • automate some things like "don't kill your eyes in the bathroom at night but see where you pee during the day"

As you can see, I own quite the collection of Apple devices. They're not perfect of course and not open or hackable by any contemporary standard - which is kind of a bummer for me - but they play nicely together and are easy to use for me and my SO.

They are also quite low-maintenance, which means I can spend time on more fun projects like automating my Christmas decorations or adding a Raspberry Pi with a touch screen in my hall to provide a display for Home Assistant.