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.

What hardware do I use?

My current work setup

Most of my work is done on my System 76 Galago UltraPro. It has a clear 14” IPS display which runs at full HD powered by the Intel i7-4750HQ processor and Intel HD 5200 Iris Pro graphic card. I work on VMs sometimes, so I had its RAM upgraded to 8GB. I also shifted to a Samsung EVO SSD (120GB).

My phone these days is a Moto Z Play (Rooted, running stock Nougat). I backup all of my media to a 3TB WD MyBook. Other than this, I own a Kindle Paperwhite and an iPad 2 (which hasn’t been used in last 3 months). 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). My backup keyboard is a Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX brown), which I love. It has crazy custom backlight support, and typing on it is a joy.

At home, I have a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, which runs lots of tiny services, which are proxied over to the internet with a Digital Ocean droplet in the BLR1 region.

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, Google Chrome Canary, 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 Google Play Music for listening to music on the go, and cmus on the desktop.

I run lots of tiny services on my Raspberry-Pi at home, including Libreelec, OpenVPN, and a custom service that runs NES games and local media. 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.