Mac Setup: The Dual Display Mac Pro Desk of an Assistant Professor
This weeks featured Mac setup is the powerhouse new Mac Pro workstation shared with us by Alberto G., an Assistant Professor at ITESM (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, a university in northern Mexico). Let’s jump in and learn a bit more about the hardware and what great apps get put to use.
What hardware is part of your desk setup?
- Mac Pro (Late 2013 model) – Xeon 6 core CPU, 16GB RAM, FirePro D500, 256 GB HDD – this has serious power for the office
- Two 27” Thunderbolt Displays
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Apple Magic TrackPad
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- 1000 VA UPS
- 2TB Time Capsule
- MacBook Air 13″ (Mid 2013 model) Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB HD – Portable power to work on the road
- iPad Mini with Retina Display
- iPhone 5S
- Bose QC20i Noise Canceling Headphones
What do you use your Apple gear for?
The Mac setup is primarily used for:
- Mobile App Development
- Web Development
- Course preparation (I’m an assistant professor)
- Research and simulation
What are some of the apps you use most often?
- Android Studio
- Navicat for MySQL
- Netbeans (Java Development)
- Dropbox (To keep MacPro and Macbook Air in sync)
- Terminal (to connect to Linux-based servers)
- Timing (to measure productivity time)
- 1Password (to manage credentials)
- SQL Developer (for Oracle Databases)
- Safari and Chrome (to test web development)
- Mail (work) and Sparrow (personal)
- iStat Menu (local monitoring) and iStat Server (remote monitoring)
- Messages (for iMessages and Gtalk)
- iMovie (simple video editing)
Do you have any tips you want to share with others?
Use the Timing app to measure your time working, surfing, etc., it can be very insightful.
Do you have an interesting Apple workstation or great Mac desk setup you want to share? Answer some questions about your setup and how you use it, take a couple of good pictures, and send it all in to email@example.com – or you can just browse through our previously featured Mac setups instead…