As a tribute, here is my own "interview" for The Setup, using the standard four questions. I don't expect anyone to find this interesting, but writing it up helps me think about what I'm using and why, and it will come in handy the next time I have to set up a new computer.
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Kris Johnson. I develop software for Windows, UNIX, iOS, and Android. I currently work as an independent contractor. I work from home most of the time, but travel to clients' facilities as needed.
What hardware are you using?
I have a late-2011 15-inch MacBook Pro, with 16 GB RAM and a 750 GB hard drive. I use a Magic Trackpad. In my home office, I have a 24-inch monitor and a Das Keyboard for Mac. On the road, I carry an Apple Wireless Keyboard.
I have an iPhone 4S and a third-generation wi-fi-only iPad. I sometimes use an Adonit Jot stylus with the iPad. I tether my iPad to the phone when necessary, but it is rare that I am using my iPad somewhere that doesn't have wi-fi.
For testing iOS apps, I have my old iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, 4th-generation iPod Touch, and original iPad. For testing Android apps, I have a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate phone and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
In bed at night, I read on a Kindle Fire.
I have a Targus computer bag that I lug everything around in.
We have a Saeco super-automatic espresso machine. I try to limit myself to ten shots of espresso per day.
And what software?
These are my most-useful Mac OS X applications:
- Xcode for iOS development
- Eclipse and the ADT Plugin for Android development
- Sublime Text 2 for web development and general text editing
- Parallels Desktop for running Windows
- Dash for developer reference documentation
- SourceTree for git (but I tend to use the git command-line tools more often than this app)
- Alfred for quick launching
- Adium for chat
- Safari for web browsing
- Soulver for calculations
- Pages for word processing
- Microsoft Office for documents that I have to share with non-Mac people
- nvALT for personal notes
- Moom for window management
- Hazel for automatically clearing out my Downloads folder once in a while
These are my most-used Windows applications:
- Visual Studio 2010 Professional
- Sublime Text (yes, it's cross-platform)
- PuTTY for Telnet/SSH
- Wireshark for network-related code debugging
- AutoHotKey to remap Windows keys and mouse gestures to work more like Mac OS X
I write everything in Markdown format when I can, because so many of the tools I use support it.
What would be your dream setup?
I'd love to have one of the new MacBook Pros with Retina display, but I need to wait until I can afford to buy an SSD that is large enough to hold Mac OS X and all my Windows virtual machines.
I'd like to have a desk that can automatically move between standing and sitting height.
I'd like to have my own helicopter for commuting between my home and clients' facilities.
I wish I still had my Macintosh SE.