What I Use
Dell Studio XPS 8500 (Primary home desktop)
- Processor: Quad Core
- RAM: 32GB
- HD: Two 1TB HDs
- OS: Windows 8 Pro (64 bit)
- NVIDIA®GeForce GTX 660 1.5GB GDDR5
My desktop at work is connected to a HP ZR30W (30" 2560x1600) and at home a HP ZR2740w (27" 2560x1440). These are both the best monitors I've owned, but I think the HP ZR2040w has the best balance of size, price, pixel density, and energy consumption.
All the machines in my house are managed to an Acer Aspire EasyStore Home Server
filled with four 500GB drives. The sever is extremely quiet, reliable, and *just works*. The Home Server is used for storing all my media and archiving my docs and backing up the machines in the house.
For controlling the cursor I spend most (95%) of my time using a Wacom Intuos 4 Pressure-sensitive tablet
(Large Size 8"x6" drawing area). I use the slightly older wired version instead of the newer wireless version.
SCREENCASTING AND PODCASTING
To edit my podcast and screencast audio I use the open source Audacity
tool. It works brilliantly.
For screencasting, the only solution I endorse is Techsmith Camtasia Studio
. I use Vimeo
to hold all my screencasts. When performing screencasts I often use ZoomIt
so that I can get magnified views of the screen.
My phone is the HTC Droid Incredible with service from Verizon. I love the phone, the apps, and the carrier. Unfortunately I cannot get Windows Phone 7 until they support Verizon. ATT coverage when I am in my home is unreliable.
PORTABLE MUSIC PLAYERS
With the discontinuation of the Zune and the desire to carry less devices, I listen music on my Droid Incredible phone.
Microsoft Visio 2010
Vector Illustration: Xara Designer Pro X (v8)
Digital Painting: ArtRage
Batch Image Conversion: XnConvert
is a free multiplatform image converter that gets the job done with many different file formats.
For source control I've abandoned TFS and switched to Mercurial. I use the TortoiseHg
mercurial client for Windows and for Visual Studio integration I rely on VisualHg
SCREEN CAPTURE AND RECORDING
OPTICAL MEDIA: CDs AND ISOs
serves all my needs to create and burn ISO files.
PICKING COLORS AND PALETTES
Microsoft SkyDrive allows me to sync all my files to all my PCs at work and home.
Windows Live Blogger
is still the best desktop blog software that exists. I use it exclusively to create blog posts. I also use BlogJet
for some posts.
DOWNLOADING YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Finding free fonts. You can find cool fonts for your projects on fontsquirrel and the League of Movable Type.
FINDING SONG LYRICS
FINDING VECTOR ART
- ConEmu - An advanced windows Console with Tabs and many configuration options