J.R. Ignacio

Programmer, creative technologist

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m J.R. Ignacio, a computer programmer living in the Philippines with a lovely wife and daughter. I work at a creative agency, leading a small team of engineers, designers and product managers in designing, developing and deploying life-changing solutions.

What hardware do you use?

At work I use an ever reliable 13-inch Early 2015 MacBook Pro, the last one with an SD card slot, which I use with a Magic Mouse and an external Dell display hoooked on to it.

My personal machine is a 2018 MacBook Air. I love that it’s space gray and that it has Touch ID. However, I’m still trying to get used to the new butterfly keyboard. I’m still on the fence if I like it or not.

In my pocket most of the time, I have an iPhone XS paired with an Apple Watch (Series 1). I wanted to have the dual camera but as small as possible. I really wish they could put all that tech onto something as small as an iPhone SE, which is why I still use one for work. I also have a Redmi Go for when I want to dip into the average Android experience.

For listening to music, podcasts and video I usually have AirPods on. It’s become indispensable that I almost always never forget to bring it just like my phone. It’s just so easy to use it across devices. For more downtime listening or when I need to shut the world out, I put on my ATH-M50x headphones.

I’m currently contemplating if I should get an iPad since I now have a growing list of apps I want to try on a bigger touch screen.

And what software?

A typical day at work will have me shuffling around coding apps (see next paragraph), Launchbar, Things, Slack, Sketch, Keynote, Office 365, Safari, and Viber (reluctantly 🙁).

For coding, I use a mix of VScode, Xcode and sometimes TextMate. I used to be all-in with Sublime Text until VSCode came along.

My password manager of choice is 1Password. I use Paw for debugging APIs, Xscope when working with graphics, Soulver for quick calcuations, Dropbox for syncing and sharing files, Freedome for VPN.

For music I’m still alternating between Apple Music and Spotify, Breaker for podcasts while for video streaming we’re mostly using Netflix.

On the go, my most used apps are Halide for taking photos, Darkroom for processing, Instagram and Flickr for posting. I tweet using Tweetbot.

For this website I’m using Jekyll for static site generation, Github for code hosting and Netlify for deployment.


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Last updated: 2019-02-13