Paul Stamatiou @Stammy

Stuff I Use

Hardware, software and services

Updated August 2014
Computer

My primary computer at home is the 13" Retina MacBook Pro with a 1TB SSD, 16GB of RAM and a 3GHz i7 processor running OS X Yosemite (beta). It replaced my 11-inch MacBook Air that I had for the prior year. The 11" Air was one of my absolute favorite computers — great battery life and a perfect form factor for traveling. I took it all over Japan and France, and edited over 10,000 pictures with it.

However, storage was always an issue and Lightroom performance was lacking, so I decided to move to the 13-inch rMBP, my first Retina Mac.

I use it in non-Retina mode (1680x1050) for more screen real estate, though I often switch back to Retina mode or native mode (2560x1600) to test out sites. I used to have a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display but sold it anticipating Apple releasing a new model, which hasn't happened yet.

Mouse

Whenever I'm at my desk I always use my trusty Logitech G500 wired mouse. I actually have three of them. One for home, two for work. The mouse fits me well and never needs charging like popular wireless mice these days.

Chair

The Herman Miller Embody is my desk chair of choice. At over $1,000 it's not the cheapest chair but extremely adjustable unlike any other desk chair I've encountered. As a reference point, I actually hate the Aeron chair, I find it doesn't provide much upper back support.

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Audio

I have Audyssey Wireless Bluetooth Speakers for the desk. They're small and punchy. I previously had Audioengine A5s and Rokit RP5G2s which I loved as well but wanted to simplify my setup a bit.

I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones for home use. They're open-ear circumaural headphones (around the ear) that are very comfortable. They do leak sound (the nature of open-ear headphones) so I only use them at home. They're stellar headphones demanding the use of a high-quality amp.

At work I use closed-ear Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 ohm headphones combined with a FiiO E10 USB DAC/amp.

While running I use the sweat and weather resistant Bose SIE2i sport earbuds.

And finally, I use the Klipsch S4i earbuds with Comply Foam tips when I want great sound isolation — perfect for planes. I previously had the Etymotic hf3 earbuds and loved them but they went through the wash and died.

Software

Photo editing

Adobe Lightroom 5 is my post-processing tool of choice for my photo workflow. VSCO Keys lets me easily copy and paste develop settings between photos, and enable other keyboard shortcuts that make Lightroom faster for me. I don't get too crazy with add-on filter presets or plugins, I often just tinker manually. Though I will occasionally process HDR images with Photomatix Pro as well as Photomatix Merge to 32-bit for Lightroom.

I wrote a series of posts about HDR: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

After I'm done editing my photos and have exported the ones I wanted to use, I move the RAWs to Amazon Glacier for cheap, longterm storage. I use an app called Arq to do this. Though I believe there is a better way for photographers to do this as I wrote in my post Storage for Photographers.

Productivity

I use Wunderlist to keep track of various lists, neat links and to-do items alongside Evernote for general notes, blog post drafts and extended thoughts. I also use TextExpander to save me time when typing out common phrases or pieces of data. Likewise, I can't say how much time 1Password saves me when logging into sites, as well as keeping me secure.

Development

Nothing special here: Google Chrome, Atom text editor (with M+ 1m typeface and Seti UI theme, Seti Syntax, Yosemite icon), iTerm 2, ImageOptim, Transmit Panic (for Amazon S3) and s3cmd.

I have gotten used to SCM Breeze for simplifying common git commands and speeding up my git workflow.

This website

Coming soon: I'll go into more detail about what I use to build this website. But it's based on Jekyll and hosted on S3/CloudFront with AWS Route 53.

Design

I use Sketch and Photoshop CC 2014, but more and more I use Sketch these days for my visual design and Photoshop for cutting assets or fine-tuning images. I'm also a huge fan of xScope. I also use LayerVault to keep my designs backed up. I also use the app Characters for easily copying and pasting odd symbols (bullets, arrows, pictographs, punctuation, et cetera) as HTML entities.

When it comes time to develop interactive prototypes of my designs, I always turn to Framer.js. In particular, the Mac app Framer Studio. It's a simple yet immensely powerful JavaScript animation framework. It's now a permanent part of my design process. Read this to learn more: Provide meaning with motion.

Misc software & services

iStat Menus, Dropbox, Crashplan, Authy (on mobile for 2 factor auth), Typekit, GitHub, Gauges (site analytics)

Amazon S3 with Cloudfront for website hosting as well as misc storage. View the site changelog for more info.

When it comes time to working out of coffeeshops with free Wi-Fi, I use a VPN service called Cloak. Especially since my favorite coffeeshop blocks ports so I can't commit to GitHub.

Camera Gear

Visit the Camera Gear page for info about my current full-frame camera (Sony A7s) and Phantom 2 quadcopter aerial photography setup.

Mobile devices

The Android HTC One M8 Google Play edition is my phone of choice. Fantastic build quality, great sound and battery life. I love it. But when traveling, you can never have enough battery life so I always stash the Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10,000 mAh portable battery pack and a smaller Anker Astro Mini 3000mAh battery in my bag.

For testing responsive websites in Chrome/Safari, designs with Sketch Mirror and Framer.js mobile prototypes I have a 32GB Apple iPod Touch. I also have a 16GB Asus Nexus 7 Android tablet that I often use for USB Chrome debugging. The elago M2 stand is necessary when doing lots of web development and testing on any mobile device.

Finally, I have the Samsung Gear Live Android Wear watch. I picked this one instead of the LG model as I was interested in the heartrate monitor.

Entertainment

Xbox One + Kinect (I'm a fan of Forza 5 and Titanfall), Roku 3 and Google Chromecast.