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 work at Razorpay where we are working on improving the state of online payments in India.

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. I backup all of my media to a 3TB WD MyBook. Other than this, I own a Kindle Paperwhite and an iPad 2 (which is hardly used). For my music, I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202, an excellent pair of headphones considering the price. For travelling, I prefer my Sennheiser CX275s, which muffle outside noise nicely.

I am an ocassional gamer and use the Logitech G300 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 Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX brown), and absolutely love it. 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 Thunderclap (stickerless). I also own several other twisty puzzles, including a Mirror Cube and a Megaminx.

And what software?

This is my desktop

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.

Most of my work is done in editors, command line, and the browser. I’ve switched over to Google Inbox as my default email client. 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, and WorkFlowy. I use Google 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 Blissflix, OpenVPN, and a custom service that runs NES games and local media. I have my Kindle jailbroken and run KOReader to read EPUB files.

What would be my dream setup?

A lightweight laptop with tons of battery life, 13” display, and official Linux support (Dell Sputnik 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.