Lyrenhex: About me

/uses

8 July 2024 12 minute read

What I use day-to-day, including relevant hardware and software, and my thoughts on them.

This page is in the spirit of Uses This.

Hardware

I have a decent gaming rig for the purposes of - well - gaming and simultaneously streaming to Twitch on the same machine:

These have quite the peripheral support, for me:

For portable use, I have a very basic Dynabook Windows laptop (with the worst keyboard I’ve ever used) for university, and before that I worked with an Intel Celeron-based Chromebook (which has had its EOL extended twice until 2027, so apparently the most eco-friendly Chromebook purchase I’ve ever seen), which I still ocassionally use because of its keyboard.

I’m basically guaranteed to lose track of physical paper things, so I’ve also mostly cast off physical handwritten notes or printouts, instead favouring digital files (which I actually somewhat sort and have a much better idea of locality for). For quick notes I want to scribble down, or filling in handwritten forms, I usually just use a writing tablet now (specifically the reMarkable 1, though you could get a very similar experience with a similar writing tablet for much cheaper than the rM2 sells for), which is fantastic since it doubles as an e-reader for me.

Servers

I have two servers in active service, with the services they provide affectionately called ‘igland’ internally:

Both servers run Raspberry Pi OS, with an ethernet connection which - when I’m at home - is connected through the same switch as my Desktop (which is nice - even if the router goes down I’m usually able to maintain a connection between them!).

The servers are monitored via a Grafana + Prometheus + Loki setup, with Syncthing to manage synchronising my media library from my Desktop to thor.

Consoles

I play a lot of video games in my spare time, and I don’t like being held back from exclusives, so I have (and actively use) a PlayStation 5.

For portable gaming, I use a Steam Deck, supported by a GeForce NOW subscription for games such as ESO, Genshin Impact, and Destiny 2 when I’m travelling. Single-player offline games tend to be played natively (when possible).

Software

Desktop

This runs Windows 11, simply because it’s used a lot for gaming (especially Destiny 2, which rejects running under a VM or via Proton). In the past I’ve played around with running Linux on it (usually Debian-based: Debian, Ubuntu, or Pop! OS), but I always get frustrated at how often I have to reboot to switch into Windows anyway.

For development and server administration, that all happens via Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), and usually if I’m trying to do something via some quick command-line automation I’ll do that through WSL2 as well, since Fish / Bash are infinitely better than the Windows Command Line (or PowerShell, since I simply have never learnt that properly).

My audio setup perhaps also deserves a specific explanation of its own, because it’s not plug-and-play: since I use an Elgato Wave:3 and have my headphones plugged into that for Microphone Monitoring (also known as Sidetone) - mostly so I don’t speak quite so loud as I otherwise might - my mic audio first passes through Wave Link (set to 96 kHz) for some VST post-processing (ReaFir and ReaGate to cut off some of the quieter background noises), getting exposed as a virtual ‘MicrophoneFX’ device, which is in turn passed into Nvidia Broadcast for AI-based noise removal. I’m generally pretty happy with my audio at this point, so this is tapped off for Discord, OBS, Zoom, et cetera. It also gets fed back into a Wave Link virtual device to be included in my ‘Stream’ mix (which actually gets piped into OBS).

In the other direction, it depends on what the audio is, which is separated by setting output devices in Windows Sound Settings to different virtual devices exposed by Wave Link:

Other software:

Third-Party Services (Infrastructure)