Currently Using

On this page there’s just a bit on what hardware, software and gadgets as such I’m running right now, and yes, this is all a bit techie:

Computing Hardware

2011 Apple MacMini - Dual Core i5 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, AMD HD 6630M,  1TB  Seagate Hybrid SSHD (May 2013), OS X 10.9.* (Base unit bought Sept. 2011)

Desktop PC:  CPU:  Intel Core i5 3470 (Jan. 2013) with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (Dec. 2013), RAM: 16GB Corsair DDR3 (Dec. 2011), Mobo: Asus B75M-PLUS (Dec. 2013), Graphics: Gigabyte HD7770 OC 1GB (Jan. 2013), Sound: Asus Xonar U7(May 2014), Misc.: Antec EarthWatts 650 Green PSU (Jan. 2013).   It has OS/apps on a Crucial 256GB m4 SSD (Sept. 2012) and data on a 2TB Western Digital Green drive. (April 2014). Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (July 2013) OS: Windows 8.1 Update 1 64-bit.

Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad E440 – Core i3 (Haswell), 8GB RAM, SSD running Linux Mint 17 (Cinnamon). [August 2014]

Home Server  [May 2013]  CPU: AMD A6-5400KRAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3, Mobo: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4M , Graphics: On CPU (headless), Sound: None – onboard, PSU: Antec Earthwatts 450 Platinum PSU, Case;  Fractal Design Define R4 case. Discs: Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS, 4 * 2TB WD Green HDD (in 2 disc pools for 4TB * 2)  OS: GNU/Linux Xubuntu 14.04 LTS


Most of the textual things I produce are done in a straight text editor like BBEdit or Notepad++. For assembling these bits, as well as actual writing, I use Scrivener. As I move machines, I tend to keep work in progress on Dropbox or Evernote.  My desktop Linux VM is Crunchbang, and I use it a lot with FocusWriter as a fast n simple writing system.

Video editing I do in iMovie, and I tend to use Vimeo for web availability. I’m currently using iPhoto to organise photos, and Acorn for image creation and such on the Mac. For music, I’m using iTunes on Mac, Foobar2000 on Windows, Banshee on Linux.


This blog is housed on some space at pair Networks where I keep some personal projects and experiments.  All of my e-mail is run via my own domain names, but uses Rackspace Mail as a backend.

Other gadgets:

  • 6th generation iPod Classic 80GB (~2006)
  • 3rd generation wi-fi Kindle (Sept. 2010)
  • Nexus 5 32GB phone  on Y! Mobile (August 2014)
  • Asus Nexus 7 tablet (October 2013 & November 2012)
  • Samsung N145Plus Netbook (March 2011 – running Mint 17 XFCE)
  • Raspberry Pi on Raspbian & Arduino Uno Board


I ride a 2006 Honda CB400 SF motorbike – a nice simple bike which is great for getting out into the core of Japan, and meeting the people. I do have a license for a larger bike, but have not got around to sorting a bigger bike out! In 2011 I picked up a Trek Kaitai bicycle which I also like to get out on – four wheels good, two wheels better.

To enjoy the mountains, I have a decade old Nitro Atlas 64 snowboard, some Flow bindings for a few days on the mountain. I also ski a bit, on some discounted Head Cube 10 ski boots I picked up, and an old pair of carving skis I got from a friend.

The Audio and the Visual

I have a Nikon D3200 dSLR which I bought in October 2012, having sold my trusty old D40 (from 2006!), I have 2 lenses (a 35mm and a 55-200mm zoom), a GoPro HERO2 which I like to play with. I also have a Zoom H1 audio recorder, as sometimes I just want to capture the sounds, and not the sights.


I do a lot less gaming nowadays  – I have an XBox360, a Wii and a PS3, not to mention a Nintendo DS somewhere – with some more casual games being played through Steam.

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