Mac Setup: Triple Display Workstation of an Integrations Developer
This week we’re featuring the Mac workstation of James B., an Integrations Developer who has a great home office with an excellent view behind his desk. Let’s jump in and learn a bit more about this Mac setup and how it’s used:
What hardware is included in your Mac setup?
I am running everything on a MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina (Late 2013) – 2.3 Ghz/16 GB. I require a great deal of desktop space when doing development so I have the large Apple Thunderbolt Display. I also have a smaller Dell ST2010 display which is a matte display for those rare occasions when the reflective Apple monitor is not appropriate.
Precise hardware as pictured from left to right includes the following:
- iPad 2 – I mostly use for background music or video while I’m working.
- MacBook Pro Retina 15″ – 2.3 GHz Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM
- Apple Thunderbolt Display 27″
- Dell ST2012 20″ display
- Rain mStand Laptop Stand – many people use their MacBooks in clamshell mode when connected to an external monitor. I feel my MacBook Pro’s display is too beautiful not to use so I raise it up a little higher with this sleek looking stand.
- Logitech Z120 speakers – have great sound for small, inexpensive speakers
- WD 1 TB hard drive – I have two partitions on this drive, one for Time Machine and one for some extra storage (editor note: here’s a guide for how to do that)
- WD 2 TB hard drive(not pictured) – this is connected to my Apple Airport Extreme to provide music and video to this setup as well as to my AppleTV in the living room.
- MOB Magic Charger – so I don’t need to replace AAA batteries in my mouse every week. =-)
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Apple Full Sized Wired Keyboard with numeric keypad
- Apple Magic Trackpad
- Plugable 10 Port USB Hub – six ports in the front and four in the back. Since MBP only has two USB ports and the Thunderbolt Display’s ports are not easily accessible in the back, I added this powered hub for charging devices and accessing other USB devices.
- Belkin Charge & Sync Dock for iPhone and iPad
- iPhone 5S – 64 GB
- iPad mini with Retina Display – 64 GB
- Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – connects magnetically as a cover and provides me with a real keyboard for my iPad mini. My job requires me to be “on-call” so remoting into my PC from my iPad mini is very convenient. However, the build-in touchscreen keyboard covers half my desktop so working with a real keyboard is far more efficient.
What do you use your Apple gear for?
I am a developer for a utility company in Madison, WI. However, I recently moved to Milwaukee, WI for my wife’s career. So, living an hour and fifteen minutes from work means I often work from home. I do enterprise integration development which, unfortunately, I cannot do in OS X. However, as you can see in the photo, the Thunderbolt Display provides excellent workspace for developing in Windows via Parallels 9 and a VPN.
I also do a little bit of amateur graphic design with Photoshop. This is where using a Mac really pays off! I have created logos, invitations, photo editing, etc.
What apps do you use most often? What apps could you not do without?
As previously stated, Parallels 9 is imperative for me to work from home. Even though Cisco AnyConnect does exist for OS X, it is not compatible with my company’s network setup so I need to remote in from my Window’s virtual machine. And, of course, I use Photoshop a great deal. I use Microsoft Office both in OS X and on Windows 7 (sadly, the Windows version is still better than the Mac version – Microsoft conspiracy!).
Do you have any favorite apps for Mac or iOS?
Some of my other favorite apps are…
- Quicken Essentials – for financial management
- Adium – IM chat client
- Air Display – turns your iPad into an additional monitor (great for when I’m being productive in a coffee shop)
- Alfred – app launcher
- DoublePane – quickly resizes a window to the left half or right half of your screen or fills the screen
- Cyberduck – accessing the root of a unix device such as a jailbroken iPhone (not that I’ve done that)
- SnagIt – best application I have found for grabbing screenshots or recording your desktop
- soapUI, Netbeans and other development tools – I mostly work remotely on my PC at work but sometimes I do some I play around with development on OSX
Do you have any productivity tips or workspace advice you want to share?
If you have the opportunity to work from home, create a clean workspace that is separate from the rest of your home. I have managed to create a comfortable office that happens to have a beautiful view of the city. I think I am actually more productive working from home than in the office because I can control & minimize distractions… not to mention I’m working on a Mac!
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