Egg Freckles
By Thomas Brand

19th Oct 2022 Setup

The following interview was inspired by Uses This, a collection of nerdy interviews, asking people from all walks of life about the hardware and software they use.

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Thomas Brand. I dropped out of art school to spend time behind the Genius Bar. Today I work at MIT, and run up hills for fun.

What hardware do you use?

And what software?

  • Apple Silicon brought me back to the Mac, but I still pine for early Mac OS X,
  • I write all of my email, code, and blog posts in Vim
  • Through the power of MOSH I take my Vim environment with me everywhere I go
  • Vim’s undo branches are my poor man’s version control system
  • I read email in Alpine, RSS in Miniflux, and HTML in Firefox; everything else is sent to Instapaper

What would be your dream setup?

I started my career in graphic design because I fell in love with the Macintosh. Today I value the freedom to try different platforms. Choice keeps me interested in technology.