ErgoDox EZ Users

Liz Marston

Frontend Engineer / Creative
Liz Marston

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Liz Marston. I’m a frontend engineer. Outside of work, I write, I make music, and I sing.





What hardware do you use?

I use an ErgoDox EZ, a MacBook Pro, a concave Samsung 8K monitor, and lots of audio equipment of different sorts :)

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Liz's hardware

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Liz's desk

And what software?

Whatever has pissed me off the least most recently. TBH, I do a lot of work in GarageBand, which gets flak for being rinky-dink, and that’s not wrong. But it’s also got compelling basic user stories, and, after a three-year sojourn under Linux with jackd(1) and about a hundred thousand things that did not ever quite work right, I’m enjoying the reduced cognitive load. Aesthetics are rarely just that. MBP keyboard sucks, though, hence my beloved ErgoDox EZ, which pairs great with my trusty old Kensington trackball: essential tech in my desk-minimal config, as you can see in the pic. The piston-cantilevered stand/sit desk does not offer a lot of mouse room, and my ambidextrous brain has me grabbing for the mouse with whichever hand is least busy, which means by elimination that I need a split keyboard with an immobile pointing device (trackball, trackpad) up the middle. My current config is ideal.

What’s your keyboard setup like? Do you use a custom layout or custom keycaps?

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Liz's keyboard and trackball

I keep it pretty close to the default config, modulo some personal adaptations (I’m used to caps lock being my escape key in Vim).

What would be your dream setup?

I’d like to get a Ryzen, a good recent GeForce, and an Index headset. I’d like to get into VR development as a storytelling modality.