Mac Setups: The Desk of a Cloud Solutions Provider
This weeks featured Mac desk setup comes from cloud solutions provider and small business owner John H., let’s learn a bit more about the hardware and apps that make up the workstation.
Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself and what you use your Apple gear for?
My name is John H., I am based in Bristol in the UK and run my own business selling cloud computing solutions (that includes hosted email, servers, VoIP, online backup) and I also provide web development.
Why a Mac? Can you tell us about your Mac setup?
I bought my first iMac in 2006 and never looked back, I am always looking to see what Apple hardware is about to break out on the market and also browsing for gadgets to go with it. I also have three Apple TV’s, one 1st generation and two 3rd generation.
Specific hardware includes the following:
- iMac 27” (Mid 2011) – 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 20GB RAM running OS X Mavericks
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Twelve South HoverBar for iPad attached to the iMac
- Just Mobile MTable Monitor Stand underneath iMac
- Anker AH430 USB 3.0 4-Port Aluminium Hub
- JBL Speakers
- MacBook Pro 13” (Late 2011) – 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM running OS X Mavericks
- iPad 2
- iPhone 5 in a Twelve South BookBook case
- Polycom IP331 VoIP Handset
- 3x Apple TV’s around the house
- LaCie 3TB Cloudbox (for data storage and Time Machine backups)
Why did you go with this particular setup?
I find that Apple gear is super reliable and fast, which is a must for me when developing websites and web apps for customers. Having a 27” monitor is a great benefit in order to work on several applications at the same time. I also use my iPad as a second monitor using the DisplayPad App, which is handy as I have it mounted on the HoverBar.
What are some of the apps that you use most often?
The OS X and iOS software I use most frequent is as follows:
- RapidWeaver by Realmac Software
- Clear by Realmac Software (on iPhone, iMac and MacBook Pro)
- Tumult Hype
- Tumult HyperEdit
- MAMP (for WebApp development)
- Microsoft Remote Desktop (to connect to customers hosted servers)
- Billings by Marketcircle (for invoicing)
- Easy Books (for book keeping)
- VirtualBox by Oracle (for running virtual Windows desktops/servers)
- LogMein Rescue Technician Console (for connecting to customers desktops)
- iMessage (iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook Pro)
- Screenleap (to share my desktop)
- Copy by Barracuda Networks (for data sharing between my devices)
Awesome, thanks for sharing your setup with us!
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