Mac Setups: Desk of a Rehab Director & Assistant Professor
This week’s featured Mac setup comes to us from John D., the director of a hospital inpatient physical rehabilitation unit and an adjunct assistant professor. Let’s get right to it and learn a bit more about this workstation and how this Apple gear is put to use:
What hardware does your Mac setup consist of?
The desk includes the following:
- iMac 27″ (Mid 2011) – Core i7 3.4GHz CPU, 32 GB RAM, with OS X and Parallels running Windows 7 in Coherence mode for seamless dual platform use
- MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Early 2013) – Core i7 3GHz CPU, 8GB RAM, with OS X
- iPad Air 128GB LTE in a Cocon Case
- iPhone 5 16GB with Apple Case
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Belkin YourType Bluetooth Wireless Numeric Keypad
Is there a specific reason you chose this setup?
I chose a powerful iMac to be able to handle simultaneous, resource-intensive statistical programs and office programs for writing and producing lectures for classes. Also, using Teleport, this setup allows me to use the single keyboard with both the iMac and Macbook Pro, switching between machines on the fly without changing hand positions.
Do you have any favorite apps?
My favorite software consists of:
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Safari, Firefox
- Microsoft Office
How do you use your Apple gear, and what apps do you use most often?
All this Apple gear is used mainly for research, teaching, producing reports, and number crunching with statistical programs.
My iMac is for running OS X with Parallels running Windows 7 in the background. I use this machine for running statistical programs like SPSS and SAS that are particularly resource hungry. I use Evernote to organize my research interests and cataloging research articles. I use Adobe Creative Cloud and Powerpoint to produce lecture material for classes that I teach. My position as director of a busy rehab hospital requires constantly being able to analyze data and produce professional looking reports to communicate the unit’s performance to stakeholders and staff.
My MacBook Pro is for reviewing patient charts and going from the hospital to campus with a machine that is both lightweight and powerful enough to run anything I need. It’s nice to be able to jump from email on the MacBook to spreadsheets on the iMac without having to change keyboard and mouse using teleport. I chose the wireless Bluetooth numeric keypad for use with spreadsheets and statistical programs.
Finally, I use my iPad to keep up with social media and even run Microsoft Office apps on the go. All in all, a pretty versatile and powerful setup for what I need…
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