J.R. Ignacio

Creative technologist, product engineer

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m J.R. Ignacio, a computer programmer living in the Philippines with my 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 hooked 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. I may have grown accustomed to it.

In my pocket, most of the time, I have an iPhone 11 Pro paired with an Apple Watch (Series 1). I wanted a phone with a dual-camera but as small as possible. I wish they could put all that tech onto something as compact as an iPhone SE, which I still have. 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. I am thinking if I want to get an AirPods Pro, though. For more downtime listening or when I need to shut the world out, I put on ATH-M50x headphones with a FIIO BTA10, so I can also use it with my phone.

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

And what software?

A typical day at work will have me shuffling around Launchbar, Things, Slack, Sketch, Figma, Keynote, Safari, Google Docs, Office 365, Viber (very very reluctantly 🥺), Terminal and coding apps. 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 calculations, Dropbox for syncing and sharing files.

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

On the iPhone, my most used apps are Messages for messaging, Camera/Halide for taking photos, Darkroom for processing, Instagram, and Flickr for posting. I tweet using Tweetbot. Recently, I’ve started using Bear for notes.

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: 2020-02-12