My Setup and Software
The other day I read Alex Payne’s interview on what hardware and software he uses and thought it was interesting. I typically find posts like this intriguing because everyone is a bit different and you can learn so much from those differences. I decided I would take the time to post on my setup and how I get things done.
Below is a picture of my desk. I try to keep it as minimal as possible and everything that goes on it has a purpose. If you head over to flickr, you can see all the annotations I added explaining the various items.
I use a Macbook Air as my only machine. It has a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM. Occasionally, I wish for more power but it is such a sexy machine that I just overlook the deficiencies. Previously, I had a 17" Macbook Pro with 4GB of RAM so it was quite a switch going to a 2GB and a 13" screen. Thankfully I have a 24" Dell monitor that I work on most of the time so screen real estate is not an issue.
One of my favorite pieces on the desk above (other than my iPhone) is the Apple Wireless keyboard. I’ve always used ergonomic keyboards so i was hesitant to switch to something flat but I am in love. When I type on it, I feel like I’m in a beautiful meadow with gazelle’s dancing past me. It’s true.
I have a pair of Logitech speakers, nothing fancy but they sound good and allow me to occasionally crank up the music. I currently also use a Logitech corded mouse as I am having issues with the responsiveness of my Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse. I would be lost without my iPhone 3G and it truly follows me everywhere I go in my left front pocket. I feel naked when it is not there.
When I am on the go, I have a pair of Bose around ear headphones. They are truly the best pair of headphones I have ever owned. Music sounds magical in them.
For backups, I have a Western Digital Passport 120GB. I use Time Machine and try to backup every couple days.
And What Software?
Like Alex, I spend most of my time in Textmate, Terminal and Safari. No, I am not jumping on the Emacs bandwagon. Aesthetic is too important to me. Yes, I said it. Emacs looks ugly to me. Firefox is also ugly. That is all.
I have a gmail address that I’ve used for several years. It now forwards to my MobileMe account. I use Mail.app and my iPhone to check the MobileMe account and I use Gmail for SMTP so that it backs up all my sent messages as well. I use the inbox for things I need to do as soon as I get time. I have an archive folder that I archive all messages worth keeping and a waiting folder for items that I need to do someday but not right now. All the rest of my mail gets deleted. My inbox rarely gets over 5-10 emails.
I use iCal even though I hate it simply because it syncs with my iPhone beautifully. Syncing is also the reason I use Apple’s Address Book. I use iChat for IM (AIM and Jabber) and mostly my iPhone and occasionally the command line for Twitter. To keep up with tweets on the iPhone, I use text messages, Tweetie and Summizer (one of my favorite apps), occasionally opening up Twitter’s mobile version. I use iTunes for playing music and last.fm for tracking it.
I love TextPander for email signatures and phone numbers. I use growl for iTunes, autotest notifications and various other things. We use DropBox for sharing files at Ordered List and I often keep current working files there just to have them automatically backed up offsite. I use Skitch for screenshots and iShowU for screencasts.
For tickets, we (Ordered List) use Lighthouse and are keeping our eye on Sifter (even have a paid account because we think it is going to be great, just waiting on an API). For code, I use GitHub and love it. I use Hoptoad for exceptions and New Relic for performance monitoring. For invoicing, we (Ordered List) use Freshbooks. It gets the job done. I also like Blinksale for invoicing.
Probably my most coveted web app is a simple note application that I created. My wife and I use it a lot but it is not really public as of yet. She uses it for recipes and I use it as my digital brain. I keep track of all the millions of ideas that I have in it and use it almost hourly.
Enough about me. What software, hardware and web apps do you use? If you have a blog, post an article and link to it in the comments. If not, a comment with some details will do. I’m curious to see how others go about their business.