Episode 70 – How to Spend $2,500 on Developer Gear

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We’re back with another installment as we challenge ourselves to compare how we’d each spend $2,500 on developer gear as Allen waxes on about the loudest quiet keyboard, Joe teaches us how cheese is made, and Michael puts some neon on his computer.

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Survey Says …

This episode we ask: Do you trust your family to buy the tech you want?

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Do you trust your family to buy the tech you want?
  • I trust them. Why wouldn't I?
  • I'm hoping for the best. But please include gift receipts.
  • No way. Even with a very specific list, things will go sideways.


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Shop ’til you Drop

The rules are simple. We each get to spend a theoretical $2,500 on developer gear. Apparently, we’re not supposed to spend it on things like bicycles and guitars, but we’ll see how long that lasts. Now on with the shopping sprees!

Allen’s Complete Workspace!

Price Description
$270-350 WorkPro Quantum 9000 – “Baby Miller” (Amazon)
$26.99 Rollerblades for your chair! (Amazon)
$189.99 Vivo Sit / Stand Desk Conversion (Amazon)
$29.99 Cushioned Floor Mat (Amazon)
$17.95 Fix that back posture! (Amazon)
$59.00 Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard (Amazon)  

$14.99 Anker Vertical Ergo Mouse (Amazon)  

$41.74 Zero Audio Carbo Tenore In Ear Headphones (Amazon)  

$14.99 Comply Foam Tips for your in ear headphones (Amazon)  

$64.59 Audio Technica ATR-2100 Dynamic Microphone with USB AND XLR outputs! (Amazon)  

$49.95 Snagit – the baby brother to Camtasia (Amazon)  

$1,650??? Asus ZenBook Flip 15 2017 Model – Price coming soon! (Asus)  

 Joe’s Take 1 – Macbook Pro, Yo

Description Price
Apple 15″ MacBook Pro, Space Gray (Amazon) $2499.99

 Joe’s Take 2 – Infinite ROI

Description Quantity Price
Kraft Chedder Cheese Powder (Amazon)
1 $12.99
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter (Amazon) 1 $16.20
USB Hub 3.0 Splitter (Amazon)
3 $27.99
Danby 36 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler (Amazon) 1 $172.66
OPTI-UPS DS1000B-RM Rackmount UPS (Amazon)
1 $325.00
GekkoScience Asic Rev.2 Double chip 2-Pac Compac-2 USB Stick Bitcoin Miner (Amazon)
21 $89.95

Michael’s Blinged-Out Shopping List

For the build …

Description Price
Corsair Lighting Node Pro (Amazon) $49.99
Corsair HD Series, HD 120 RGB LED 120mm fans (Amazon) $79.99
Corsair H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (Amazon) $59.99
Corsair Vengeance RGB 32GB DDR4 Memory (Amazon) $449.99
Samsung 960 Series 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (Amazon) $289.99

For the love of the game …

Description Price
Xbox One X (Amazon) $499.00
Astro Gaming A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR for Xbox One (Amazon) $249.99
Astro Gaming A40 TR Mod Kit (Amazon) $60.00
DX Racer Formula Series Gaming Chair (Amazon) $289.00
Samsung T5 Portable SSD – 1TB – USB 3.1 External SSD (Amazon) $377.99

For the bookworms …

Description Price
Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael Feathers (Amazon) $52.90
Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin Fowler (Amazon) $49.26

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