The Setup - Harry Roberts

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Harry, a Consultant Front-end Architect and Performance Engineer.

Harry Roberts

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Harry. I’m a Consultant Front-end Architect and Performance Engineer, which means I help clients all over the world to make their websites fast and scalable.

What hardware do you use?

I keep my hardware requirements pretty light because I’m on the move most of the time. My main machine is 13″ MacBook Air, because it’s nice and light for travel. I also have a 12″ MacBook that I try to use more when I’m at home because it has a little more power to it, but I find that I can’t use it full-time due to smaller screen and keys that I just can’t get used to. When I’m at my desk, I hook my Air up to a 27″ Cinema Display. I sit in an Aeron chair.

And what software?

iTerm2 and Chrome suit me for almost everything I need to do. Saying iTerm2 is cheating a bit I guess: I use Bash, Git, Vim from the CLI on a daily basis. Vim is my text editor of choice, and has been for around five years now I guess.

I use Chrome for browsing and building, but I have a suite of other browsers on my machine to do the relevant testing.

Dropbox is a lifesaver, and almost anything that isn’t code is in there.

TripIt is my best friend when I travel because it keeps everything so consolidated and handy.

1Password and ZenMate for security.

Then there’s Crunch, which I guess fits into the software category, just. That’s my accountant, and they’re the best.

What would be your dream setup?

A 13″ Air with 16GB RAM, USB-C and USB ports, a 3.5mm jack, physical escape and function keys… I guess I can keep dreaming.

An iPhone 7 in the standard size but with the camera from the 7+.

I’d also love a standing desk, but I don’t spend enough time in the office to warrant it unfortunately.

One item you can't live without?

My phone. It’s got pretty much everything I need on there.

Thanks Harry!


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