My Setup

The listing below are (in no particular order) the computing devices that I come into contact with most often. Bear with me, there are many.

Home Desktop

This is where the fun really happens! It is a Mac mini (Late 2012) with an Intel Core i5 at 2.5 Ghz with 16 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB Samsung SSD and 500 GB Western Digital Scorpio Black mounted internally. The SSD is loaded with the latest version of macOS and I use the “spinning rust” for my Time Machine backups. It is a speedy little box even if it started out as the stock machine. It is attached to a generic 24″ LCD monitors and I use a combination of  mice and keyboards so I’m not going to list them.

Home Laptop

I finally bit the bullet and picked up a base model MacBook (Early 2016). It comes with the Core m3, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB Flash storage, and almost no weight. Being fanless is also a plus. This device is meant to be as portable as possible and do the basic things. It also gets me started on the USB-C transition. So far. So good.

Work (Apple) Laptop

I use a 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2014) with 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB Flash storage and loaded with the latest version of macOS to round it out. Fantastic little machine. I hook it up to two monitors, keyboard, and mouse whenever I have it at my desk. I also utilize a Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock so that I only have three cables to attach whenever I need to get some work done at my desk and can take it with me when needed.


Other Work Laptops

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with an Intel Core i5 and 8 GB of RAM which matches what the faculty at MLC use so that I am able to do some administrative tasks and testing in Windows 10. It is an interesting machine, but I have never grown to love it.

I also have a funny little machine for some testing purposes. It is a Lenovo ThinkPad X220 with a 500 GB Samsung SSD and 8 GB of RAM installed. I usually have either the latest openSUSE release or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop installed to have another *nix machine around if I need to test things.

Home Network Setup

I have a Motorola SURFboard cable modem that feeds into a Time Capsule which is extended by a pair of Airport Express base stations both on the first floor of the house and in my basement office. I have both of the Airports Express attached to speakers so that I can stream music.

Tablet Device

I  use a 128 GB AT&T 9.7″ iPad Pro as my main mobile computing device (that is not a smart phone) . I use it for pretty much anything and everything and it has not failed me yet. I’m attempting to move to using the iPad as my primary mobile device. So far, so good.

Cellular Phone

The one device I always have with me is my 128 GB Verizon iPhone 7. It is my ever-present traveling companion and keeps me constantly connected with the people and information I need to keep on top of. It also serves as my music device and camera when I need one. Simply a fantastic device.

Text Editors

1st Choice

Still TextMate. I’ve tried to get into the whole Vim vibe going around the Ruby community at the moment, but I am just wired to continue to use TextMate. Even after all of this time, simply the best. I’m now enjoying watching TextMate 2 development on GitHub and looking for a place for me to step in and maybe contribute a little bit.

2nd Choice

Of course, I have to give a shout out to Xcode as well. I’m getting into it more and more and I hope to dive in, waist deep, in the future. It is something different for me as I’m more accustomed to simple text editors and not full-blown IDEs.

3rd Choice

I have to add Vim here. Vim is everywhere and used by every sysadmin that I have ever met (that might be an overstatement, but stick with me). It is small, fast and infinitely customizable to the point of pain. I’m going to learn Vim, just watch me!

Truth be told, I probably spend more time in Vim than anything else while working my day job in IT operations.

Video Game Consoles

I’ve always been a huge fan of Nintendo (with some side quests with an Xbox 360 and Playstation 2), so I now have a Wii U in the house and am trying to get myself acquainted with console gaming again. So far I have the GamePad and four Wii Remote(s) Plus. I’ll probably swing for a Wii U Pro Controller in the future.

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