Luis E. Lopez

Luis E. Lopez

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Luis E. Lopez

Who are you, what do you do?

My name is Luis. I'm a Software Engineer based in Houston, Texas, where I've worked remotely for most of my career. I build solutions spanning various tech stacks depending on the needs of the project. Recently my focus has been cloud infrastructure, while my core competency is front-end development.

What hardware do you use?

MacBook all the way! I have a custom PC I built for light gaming and video capture, but I've always felt more comfortable using a Mac for development.

When I record a development tutorial, I'll connect my MacBook to the Elgato 4k Capture card on my PC. These peripherals make it as easy as inserting a single USB-C into the Macbook to get started:

  1. USB-C Hub
  2. HDMI  Splitter
  3. KVM switch

After that, front and center, is my ErgoDox EZ keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, and my Logitech G604 mouse. For sound, it's a mix up of Airpods, Bose QC35ii, and PreSonus Bluetooth Studio Monitors. When recording, I use a Blue Yeti microphone. For a webcam, I use the Logitech 1080p Pro. All this easily plugs into the KVM switch so that I can work between multiple computers.

The monitors I use are mounted on these easy to move arms. The arms, desk, and legs were not made to work with each other, but I was able to drill, cut, and screw to make it all fit the way I wanted.

And what software?

For development, VS Code and Hyper terminal. My laptop stays open primarily as a terminal screen and for TouchID which comes in handy when used with 1Password. ClickUp has been my main program for keeping track of all my workflows and ensuring I stay up to date with tasks and my team. Spark Email is also great for a sane inbox. Its delegate and email sharing options are probably my favorite feature.

What's your keyboard setup like? Do you use a custom layout or custom keycaps?

I tried to keep my layout as close to the standard mac keyboard as possible with the goal of slowly introducing changes. I'll admit it hasn't changed a whole lot since then. At the moment, I only use the first layer, which helps with writing JS/React effectively:

What would be your dream setup?

I'd probably upgrade my desk legs next. The ones I have now can be raised, however, they are not tall enough to make standing a comfortable option.

personal: https://openlandmark.io/


capture-card: https://www.elgato.com/en/gaming/game-capture-4k60pro

usb-c hub: https://ezq.com/usb-c-multimedia-hub-adapter-8-ports.html

kvm-switcher: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TRPRQTF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

hdmi-splitter: https://www.orei.com/products/hd102-1-in-2-hdmi-splitter


trackpad: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ2R2LL/A/magic-trackpad-2-silver

mouse: https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gaming-mice/g604-lightspeed-wireless-gaming-mouse.910-005622.html


headphones: https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones/over_ear_headphones/quietcomfort-35-wireless-ii.html#v=qc35_ii_black

speakers: https://www.presonus.com/products/Eris-E35-BT


microphone: https://www.bluemic.com/en-us/products/yeti/

webcam: https://www.logitech.com/en-us/products/webcams/c922-pro-stream-webcam.960-001087.html?crid=34


monitor-mounts: https://www.siig.com/high-premium-aluminum-gas-spring-desk-mount-dual.html

desk-frame: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/bekant-underframe-for-table-top-black-30252906/

desk-top: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/linnmon-tabletop-white-white-stained-oak-effect-20353741/