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My Hardware Setup

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2018-05-17: Updated my setup description that was outdated and covered the situation of 2014. Meanwhile, I maintain a comprehensive list of software I use. Therefore, I removed most references to software from this page.

On this page, I summarize my IT set-up according to the last update time-stamp above.

At home

At home, I am working on an intel NUC i5 (16GB RAM, 32GB SSD OS) running Debian GNU/Linux stable, a stripped down Xfce desktop manager, GNU/Emacs, Gnome Terminal emulator, zsh, tmux, and more. It has a lenovo UltraNav keyboard with US international layout and a trackpoint attached to it. My data resides on an external USB 3.0 5TB HDD.

I do love my Dell UltraSharp U3014 30" display with its enourmous screen estate.

When being away from home, I do have a lenovo X260 notebook running Xubuntu LTS.

For scanning documents, I am using Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500m.

My main (WiFi) router is a TP-LINK AC1750 Archer C7 running an up-to-date version of OpenWRT.

I own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ31 compact digital camera. However, it got replaced by the built-in camera module of my OnePlus 5 mobile which is my digital companion on the road.

Whenever I do software development, I prefer to code Python 3 within my Emacs as IDE.

Business

At the office, they gave me a Fujitsu Lifebook U Series which is quite OK. It runs Windows 10 Professional and besides the usual Microsoft Office suite I added things like babun (Cygwin), GNU Emacs, and much more. I use a lenovo UltraNav keyboard (US international layout) and two external 24-inch TFT displays, where the main one is tilted to portrait orientation.

Future plans

Currently, I am very satisfied with my GNU/Linux setup.

Back in the days, when I was using OS X on my Mac Mini 2009, I was not satisfied with OS X: plugging in my FW800 backup disk corrupted my FW800 3TB disk fifty percent of the time. Apple did not give me an update path from 10.5 to a supported system. I was losing support for tools like the OS itself, Chrome, Flash, and so forth. Current Apple OS X versions I do not like either because of strategic decisions such as the heavy use of cloud-based services I want to avoid to protect my privacy.

What about you?

I really enjoy listening to other peoples setup. There is so much to learn from other users' stories. And there are great sources of stories out there. Further more, I happily attend show-and-tell sessions at events like the Grazer Linuxtage and/or give talks about my setup.

If you want to share your setup with me and/or this blog, please drop me a line (email below or comment below).


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