This week, we start a new feature on the Knowledge7 blog inspired by The Setup. We’ll try to have people describing their computer setup and how they can be productive with it on a regular basis. Let’s start with my own setup:
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am the Founder and Managing-Director of Knowledge7, provider of quality consultancy and training services for open source software such as Linux, PHP/MySQL, Java and HTML5/Android. Previously, I was a lecturer in Computer Science at tertiary level and a consultant in one of the major consulting firms of the island. I studied in France and I have a Masters degree (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) and an MPhil (DEA) in Computer Science.
I am a well-known blogger and I participate extensively on social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook as well as in workshops and conferences on topics such as the Internet, social networks, mobile and cloud technologies. I am regularly interviewed in the local press on these technology topics.
I am married to Christina and we have two children: Anya and Kyan.
What hardware do you use?
My work computer is an inexpensive Dell Inspiron 15″ with 4Gb of RAM. At home, I use an iMac with 8Gb of RAM.
I also use an Amazon Kindle for reading ebooks, a Google Nexus 7 tablet and a Google Nexus One smartphone (which I intend to replace very shortly with a Nexus 4). I am a big fan of Android because, well, I am a geek.
And what software?
My work laptop runs Fedora Linux 17. I spend a lot of my time in Google Chrome, Eclipse (for Android development) as well as the command line (for vi, git, etc). I use LibreOffice a lot as well as Gimp for all my graphical processing and Scribus for desktop publishing. I really believe that open source software is as good, if not better, than proprietary alternatives.
My iMac still runs Snow Leopard (because I am a bit pissed off with Apple and don’t want to install Lion just for the sake of it). I use the iMac mainly for browsing (Chrome), photo (Canon DPP) and video editing (iMovie which suits me perfectly), composing music (Logic Express which I love and have been using for ages now…) and flight simming (X-Plane 9 which is bloody gorgeous on the iMac).
My Android devices all run CyanogenMod nightlies (because I love living dangerously — nah, that’s not true: the nightlies are very stable and I love being able to have a new operating system mostly every night)
What would be your dream setup?
I would love to have a laptop with a much better resolution (mine runs at 1366 x 768). The size of the screen is perfect but the resolution is crap. I would prefer something like 1600 x 1200 but it seems laptop manufacturers are too lazy now…
And, naturally, I’m hoping Father Xmas will give me a Google Nexus 4 at the end of the year 🙂
I think that the new MacBook Pro Retina (http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/) reflects your dream setup.
Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
That’s more than 5 million pixels!
Apple is not lazy isn’t it?
Thanks for the tip Mustafa.
Yeah, the MacBook Pro has a great display. But, as I mentioned in the post, I run Linux on my laptop and any decent Dell / HP / whatever would do provided it has a better screen. The MacBook Pro is way too expensive too and, frankly, I’m liking Apple less and less now… (e.g. their dubious apology to Samsung, the case against Google, etc.)
Shane Anderson says
I had fun reading your blog Avinash Meetoo. For sure you’r a great entrepreneur, mobile and web developer and being a family man is a plus 😉
Dickriven Chellemboyee says
I believe in open source technology too, I use mostly ubuntu desktop and ubuntu server (I like apt :P) and lately raspian also.