The Setup

I love reading about and taking a look at people’s setups. I was inspired by this series so I decided to do one for my own setup.

So who are you and what do you do?

I’m Jay Torres and I’m a sales engineer for an HVAC company.

What hardware are you using to get your work done?

My current setup is a 15″ MacBook Pro (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM) and it is connected to a 24″ Dell monitor. I use the Dell as my main workspace and push other distractions (iChat, Tweetie, iTunes) to the MacBook’s monitor. I use Apple’s wireless keyboard and mouse. I thought I would get annoyed of the keyboard’s lack of a dedicated number pad but I really like how small and minimalist it is. The Mighty Mouse isn’t my favorite thing in the world but until I find a decent Bluetooth mouse that comes with a rechargeable cradle that works with OS X, I’m stuck with it. I listen to music through a set of iHome computer speakers that also serves as my iPhone dock.

I have a 160GB external drive that USED to serve as a mirrored backup but that drive is on it’s way out. In the meantime, I’m using a 500GB Time Capsule and Time Machine for backup. It’s convenient but whenever it backs up, it’s slow as shit. I also use the Time Capsule to store movies/TV shows and stream them to my TV via a 160GB Apple TV.

I have an original 16GB iPhone that I could not function without.

And what software?

I thought about this and amazingly, I spend a lot of my time in my web browser. I currently use the latest beta of Safari 4. Simple equipment selections are web based but for actual equipment quotations I have to use Internet Explorer. I haven’t really committed to either using Parallels or just booting into Windows. Parallels is more convenient, but its slow. Booting into Windows means everything runs faster but I don’t have the applications from the Mac side. On the dark side, I use Windows 7 and IE8. For chat, I use Pidgin.

For email, contact managment and calendars, I use Google. I love Google. I love how my contacts and calendar sync over the air with my iPhone. I manage my personal email and my work email using the multiple inbox feature in GMail. I make full use of labels to organize what has to be done. And finally I also use Microsoft Office on both Windows and Mac OS X. It’s a necessary evil.

As for random miscellaneous software, I use iChat, NetNewswire, Marsedit, iPhoto, Stickies, and Tweetie. On my iPhone, I make use of Twitterfon, Loopt, NetNewswire and Beejive.

What would be your perfect, ultimate setup?

I love my current setup but I always want more. If I could, I’d like a tricked out 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro and one of those new LED Cinema Displays. Extra HDDs for backups would be nice and an iTunes NAS would be awesome.

Posted on April 28, 2009 in Apple, Tech.