Currently Using – Indoor

On this page there’s just a bit on what equipment I’m running right now on what I’m referring to as my ‘indoor’ setups:. I use a lot of tech. I have too many computers. I know this.

Computing Hardware:

Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad E440 – Core i3-4100M (Haswell), 8GB RAM, SSD running Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS.

I bought this in August 2014 and it’s really the workhorse for my writing and such.

2011 Apple MacMini – Dual Core i5 2.5GHz (Sandy Bridge), 8GB RAM, AMD HD 6630M,  525GB  Crucial MX300SSD (Sept. 2016), macOS Sierra.

This one harks back to September 2011, before Apple ruined the range. Since then I bumped the memory and stuck an SSD in it. It’s fine for the photo and video work I ask from it.

Desktop PC:  CPU:  Intel Core i5 3470 (Ivy Bridge – Jan. 2013) with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (Dec. 2013), RAM: 16GB Corsair DDR3 (Dec. 2011), Mobo: Asus B75M-PLUS (Dec. 2013), Graphics: Zotac GTX 1060 AMP (October 2016), Sound: Asus Xonar U7 (May 2014), Misc.: Antec EarthWatts 650 Green PSU (Jan. 2013).  Drives: 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 10 Home.

My Frankenstein’s monster of a Windows box is mainly for encoding, gaming and some work.

Home Server:  CPU: AMD A6-5400K, with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (May 2015) RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3, Mobo: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4MGraphics: On CPU (headless), Sound:  onboard, PSU: Antec Earthwatts 450 Platinum PSU, Case;  Fractal Design Define R4 case. Discs: Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS, 2 * 2TB WD Green (LVM2 disc pool for 4TB) & 1 * 4TB WD Red HDD (Sept. 2016)  OS: Xubuntu 16.04 LTS.  [Mostly May 2013]

Another self built machine, purely for archiving files and media.

Software:  

Backups are handled with Crashplan. I know it’s a security risk, but living in a wooden house in an earthquake zone, off-site backup is a compelling idea.  Most of the things I do are text based, so I try to keep it simple,  using as editors like GEdit, BBEdit or Notepad++ for day to day, Scrivener for longer works, and RedNoteBook for journalling.

As I move machines, I tend to keep work in progress on SpiderOak and I still use Evernote quite a bit.  Video editing I do in Premiere Elements now, and I tend to use YouTube (and previously Vimeo) for video availability.

I keep passwords in a KeePassXC file, and sensitive documents in VeraCrypt files.

Hosting:  This blog is housed on some space at Pair Networks where I also keep some personal projects and experiments.  All of my e-mail is run via my own domain names, using Pair again as a back-end.  There are free equivalents for email, and of course web-mail, but this work well, I can use alts for things easily, no ads in sight, and costs 6USD/month for the hosting and mail.

Random gadgets in frequent use:

  • Moto G5plus 32GB Android ‘smartphone’ (June 2017)
  • Kindle PaperWhite 2015  (Sept. 2015)
  • Asus Nexus 7 tablets (October 2013 & November 2012)
  • Raspberry Pi 1, 2 and 3 with Raspbian and LibreELEC for various projects.
  • Arduino Uno and other electronics kit (2013 onwards).
  • 6th generation iPod Classic 80GB (~2006)

Gaming

I do a lot less gaming nowadays as I get my kids to do it instead.  We currently have a Wii U and a PS4 (which is mainly used as a HTPC). I think I’m one of only a few people who feel they got their moneys worth out of the Wii U.  We also have a few 3DSs in the house.

I also play a few games through Steam/GOG on my desktop PC and my Linux laptop. For the Windows machine, I update the graphics card every 4-5 years!

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