Mac Setup: The Desk of a Technical Director
This weeks featured Mac setup is the awesome workstation of Emir R., let’s dive right in and learn a bit more about the hardware, desk, lighting, and how everything is put to use:
What do you use this awesome Apple setup for?
I am a Technical Director for Jaden Social and run a team of 8 developers and 4 designers and one solutions architect. I use my setup as a home office. The iMac functions as a home server which runs all media and systems.
What hardware is part of your Mac setup?
Here is the list:
- iMac 27” Slim i5 with CTO 256GB SSD – This is the house server which runs everything in the house. Hue Lights, Plex Media Server, iTunes, eyeTV.
- MacBook Pro 15” with CTO 1TB PCI-e SSD and 2.6Ghz i7 – This is my work computer
- Dynaudio MC 15 Desktop Speakers – Speakers for listening to studio quality sound while working
- Lacie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2TB – Raid 1 Redundant personal files
- LaCie 4big 8TB – TV Shows Hard Drive
- LaCie 4big 8TB – DVD Movies Hard Drive
- Promise Pegasus2 R6 Thunderbolt 12TB RAID – HD Movies Hard Drive
- Griffin PowerMate USB Knob – Easy access to the volume control and programmed to initiate Target Display Mode with just a click.
- Logitech K811 Wireless Backlit Keyboard – This keyboard can have 3 different devices connected to it which is why it was chosen
- Belkin Thunderbolt Dock – A way to get all the wires and peripherals off the desk and under the table.
- Philips Hue Iris Mood light – to provide some mood lighting and is connected to all the hue lights in the house
- Magic Mouse with Mobee Magic Charger – Hassle free mouse charging
- Persian rug style mousepad and Analog Clock – smooth mouse movements since the surface is glass and also provides a contrasting feel to the desk’s modern look.
- IZON Web Camera – for keeping an eye on the apartment
- Netatmo Weather Station – Making sure the temperature and Humidity is right
- Twelve South BackPack Shelf for iMac– A convenient shelf for the Lacie Rugged
- 1TB Lacie Rugged USB3 Hard Drive – Portable drive which goes with me if I need to move large files
- Ikea desk architect style wooden support and pool fence glass as a table – my own creation to add some wood to the ultra modern setup
- Custom designed modular chrome and glass shelf – this was designed by my dad as a prototype but never made it to production, one of a kind.
- Elgato EyeTV TV Tuner – Provides free to air TV for the whole house and devices in it
- Apple Magic Trackpad – for the laptop when plugged in.
- HP Envy AirPrint capable Wi-Fi Printer
- The iMac is connected via Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter to a 60” LG Plasma and via a Optical Cable to Meridian Director DAC which feeds to Plinius analog class A amplifier that runs Dnyaudio Focus 110 speakers
The biggest challenge with this setup was hiding the huge amounts of cables that connect everything together.
What apps do you use most often? Are there any apps you can’t do without?
For the MacBook I mostly use Mail, Chrome with tabs open to 10000ft.com project management, Usersnap.com feedback tool, Gmail, stripe, rackspace control panel, Google Apps, Adobe Photoshop, Skype, VMWare Fusion, Coda 2, Fetch, Wunderlist, GasMask.
Do you have any Apple tips or other helpful info you want to share?
MenuMeters a great little tool for keeping an eye on system activity. GasMask is the easiest way to manage your hosts file.
With the iMac, always go SSD.
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