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My Hardware/Software Setup

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On this page, I summarize my current IT set-up.

At home

At home, I am working on a lenovo X200s (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD) running Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy, a stripped down Xfce desktop manager, GNU/Emacs 24, Gnome Terminal emulator, GNU Screen, zsh, and more. It has a lenovo UltraNav keyboard with US international layout and a trackpoint attached to it.

For watching movie files (VLC), occasional surfing the web (Firefox), music playback (iTunes) and misc minor tasks, I am using a Mac Mini v3.1 (early 2009, 4GB RAM, 80GB SSD) with ancient OS X 10.5 (Leopard). My data resides on an external FW800 3TB HDD. With my Apple bluetooth keyboard (US international layout), I am also able to remote-control the Mac when sitting on my couch, watching a movie. My very old Microsoft IntelliMouse from the 90s is still doing a great job.

Both computers are connected to Dell 2405FPW 24-inch LCD.

For scanning documents, I am using Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500m.

My WLAN router is a TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND running OpenWRT.

I own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ31 compact digital camera I do like very much.

For watching movies, reading and annotating PDF files, web surfing and so on I am using a Motorola XOOM Android tablet running EOS stable ROM.

My digital companion on the road is a Nexus 5 (stock ROM): Tasker, reading RSS/Atom feeds, Twitter, MobileOrg, notifications, email, texting, phone calls, and much more.

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

Business

At the office, they gave me a HP EliteBook Folio 1040 which is quite OK. It runs Windows 7 Professional and besides the usual Microsoft Office suite I added things like Cygwin, GNU Emacs, virtual desktops, and much more. I use a lenovo UltraNav keyboard (US international layout) and an external 24-inch TFT which is tilted to portrait orientation.

Future plans

Currently, I am very satisfied with my GNU/Linux setup on the X200s. However, I am not satisfied with OS X: plugging in my FW800 backup disk corrupts 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 am 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.

I already bought a second SSD for my Mac Mini and as soon as I am able to boot this thing with Debian GNU/Linux, I migrate the system to Debian and my 3TB disk to ext4fs.

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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