This is a list of everything I use that I could think of to list here.
I actually have three hardware setups. It’s kind of annoying and a big reason that I use Git for everything–more on that later.
- In my office I use a Dell pre-built that I do not know the Dell name for with Windows 10 Enterprise. The processor is an Intel Core i9-10980XE 3.00 GHz. 64gb RAM. The GPU is an AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100.
- In my house I use a Dell pre-built [update the rest of this when I get home].
- On the go I use a 2017 Macbook with the retina screen. It was great for carrying all around in undergrad but I find it very underwhelming for the price point now.
- My phone is a Samsung Galaxy A50, and I have notifications disabled for emails and Slack, and most of my group texts muted. I leave it on do-not-disturb and the only people who bypass DnD are my parents and sister.
- I almost exclusively use
R these days.
- Sometimes recently I use
Stan, but I’ve never written my own bespoke
Stan code, only used
R code that generates
- My preferred IDE is RStudio. I use the “Vibrant Ink” theme that is packaged with the IDE.
- In the past I’ve used python with atom and MATLAB with the GUI.
- On windows, I exclusively use git bash as my terminal. On MacOS, I use the built-in terminal with bash.
- I use Anonymous Pro as my preferred coding font.
Workflow / writing
- I use Git and GitHub for nearly everything. Almost all of my new projects (even small things) start by creating an R project with a git repo.
- Speaking of R projects, I use a
.rproj file to organize anything I will do that will involve any amount of R code.
- For almost all of my research-related writing, I use R Markdown, which is an implementation of pandoc-flavored markdown that can integrate code and the results from running code.
- For course projects that require me to use SAS or don’t involve coding, I use LaTeX. I use MiKTeX for my distribution and TeXStudio for my editor.
- I use Zotero for almost all of my reference management, although I’ve unfortunately been forced to use EndNote (which I will not provide a link to as I do not endorse it or Clarivate) recently.
- I use bibtex for all of my bibliographies as it works seamlessly with both pandoc and LaTeX.
- I use WinCompose for typing most special characters on Windows.
- I use google drive for anything non-code-related that I need to share. One day I’ll consider switching to Quarto when collaborative editing is out, but that isn’t today. If anyone knows a good markdown alternative, let me know.
- I use Powerpoint, which I dislike, for making presentations. But I find every other alternative to be even more cumbersome than powerpoint for making slides that look nice. Beamer and presentations with R Markdown are both more difficult to use than I think is worthwhile.
- In the past I’ve used Mathematica, but apparently Julia can do everything that Mathematica can do, so I don’t recommend that anyone pay money for Mathematica.
- I’m also pretty good at SAS, but I will never buy a SAS license. Whenever I am forced to use SAS, I use SAS OnDemand for Academics. However, if you are a SAS user, I recommend pivoting away from SAS.
- I do not like using Microsoft Office. But I often find myself using Outlook and OneNote because figuring out anything else would take me time that I do not currently have.
- I use Firefox as my main browser, and I use google chrome when print to PDF in Firefox doesn’t work. Chrome is also required for some
pandoc procedures for turning HTML into PDF.
- This website is created with
blogdown, with source code on GitHub, and deployed by Netlify.
- I manage all my passwords with BitWarden.
- My time and project management skills are very bad. I use a system cobbled together from OneNote, Outlook’s calendar, sticky notes in the office, and random scribblings on a notepad to manage what I need to get done. Usually it does not work very well, but I’ve never found a system that works better for me.