Abhay Rana aka Nemo

The Setup

Who am I, and what do I do?

I’m Abhay Rana, more popularly known as Nemo. I am a hacker, web developer, writer, and a UX enthusiast. I am working on a book called The Joy of Software Development.

I do tech and security related things at Razorpay.

I run HackerCouch, which is like couchsurfing for hackers.

What hardware do I use?

My current work setup

Most of my work is done on my Macbook Air 2015 running Arch Linux.

My phone is a Moto Z Play (running Lineage OS for MicroG). I backup all of my media to my home server. Other than this, I own a Kindle Paperwhite and an iPad 2 (which I exclusively use for reading books and comics). For my music, I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202, an excellent pair of headphones considering the price.

I am an ocassional gamer and use the Logitech G300s for both gaming and productivity (its heavily customizable). Since my laptop speakers aren’t exactly top-notch, I rely on my Logitech X100 bluetooth speakers for listening in closed spaces.

I own a Leopold FC660C keyboard (Topre switches) which I use at work. My backup keyboard at home is a Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX brown).

At home, I have a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and a PC/HomeServer, which runs lots of tiny services, which are proxied over to the internet with a Digital Ocean droplet in the BLR1 region. I wrote about it in detail.

I am also a speedcuber; my primary cube is a QiYi Thunderclap (stickerless). I also own several other twisty puzzles, including a Mirror Cube and a Megaminx.

And what software?

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My current distro is Arch Linux with i3 as the window manager. My most used tools include: Neovim, Sublime Text 3, Firefox Beta, and Git. I game using Steam, and purchase DRM free games via Humble Bundle whenever possible. The above animated wallpaper runs via spectrumyzer.

Most of my work is done in editors, command line, and the browser. A few essential extensions on my browser include: dotjs (with apache support), Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, LastPass, and Markdown Here.

I am a Hacker News addict, and have even written an application for it. Most used webapps would be: Slack, GitHub. I use AirSonic/Audinaut for listening to music on the go, and cmus on the desktop.

I run lots of tiny services on my homeserver, including Gitea, OpenVPN, Emby, and Grafana. I have my Kindle jailbroken and run KOReader to read EPUB files and PDFs with reflow (seriously, it is better than sliced bread).

What would be my dream setup?

A lightweight laptop with tons of battery life, 13” display, and official Linux support (Dell XPS13 DE comes close).

If we’re talking super-crazy, I’d love to have a thought-dictation feature. That would help a lot with my writing.