Mac Setup: The Dual-Screen Desk of a Software Engineer
It’s time for another featured Mac setup! This time around we’re sharing the dual-screen desk workstation of developer Carlos P., let’s dive right in to learn more about the hardware and what iOS and OS X apps are put to use:
What do you use your Apple gear for?
I’m a software engineer so I use my MacBook Pro for web, game, and mobile development. I love the way Macs empower developers to build software that makes people lives easier and more enjoyable.
What hardware does your current Mac / Apple setup consist of?
- 13″ Retina MacBook Pro (Late 2013 model)
- Intel i5 2.4 Ghz
- Iris GPU
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB SSD
- Speck SmartShell Satin case
- 20″ Dell IN2010N monitor
- Resolution: 1600×900
- Apple Wireless Keyboard A1314
- Apple Magic Trackpad A1339
- Apple Magic Mouse A1296
- Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand
- Bose QuietComfort Headphones (QC15) – Noise Canceling Headphones
- iPhone 5S Gold 32 GB
- OtterBox Commuter case in black
Why did you go with this particular setup?
The reason I chose to go for an Apple setup is that things simply work in the Apple ecosystem. I’ve used other platforms in past, including Microsoft Windows and Linux OS, but so far the Mac has been the one that perfectly fits my needs.
I chose to buy an external keyboard, mouse, trackpad and laptop stand because my setup is mostly static and I prefer a more desktop-like experience. However, I also need mobility from time to time so that’s why I chose the MacBook Pro instead of a traditional desktop Mac like the Mac Pro, iMac, or Mac Mini.
The Bose QC15 noise canceling headphones are great for programming as it blocks out most external noises and allows me to concentrate much better than I would be able to otherwise. Also, they sound great.
Finally, I use my iPhone 5s as my personal smartphone. I also make good use of it while developing and testing my own apps. I chose to skip the iPhone 6/6+ as I believe the iPhone coming out this year (possibly called the iPhone 6s) will be a more noticeable upgrade from my iPhone 5s.
What apps do you use most often? What apps could you not do without? Do you have a favorite app for Mac or for iOS?
- Sublime Text 3 – I use Sublime Text 3 as my text/code editor and completely love it. It has many features that make coding a much more efficient and fun experience. Also the ability to write your own plugins is an awesome feature
- Terminal – Being a software developer, I often find myself interacting with my machine through the Terminal as much as through the GUI (Graphical User Interface). Since Mac OSX is a Unix OS it has all the bells and whistles that a developer needs
- Xcode – For iOS development I use Xcode
- Eclipse IDE – For Android development I use Eclipse IDE
- FaceTime – To make and receive calls from my iPhone on the Mac
- Google Hangouts
- Different versions of my own apps.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
Since I own an iPhone I have it connected to the same network as my MacBook Pro thus allowing me to use Apple’s Continuity feature. This is a great time saver for picking up calls while using the Mac. All you have to do to connect your Mac and iPhone is the following:
- Have Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) installed in your Mac
- Have iOS 8.x installed in your iPhone
- Login with your iCloud account to both devices
- Connect both devices to the same Wifi network
- In your iPhone go to Settings -> FaceTime -> Enable iPhone Cellular Calls
- Allow FaceTime in your Mac to access your phone’s FaceTime
After your done connecting both devices every time you get a call, you will be able to answer it through your Mac. You can also make calls! (Editor note: this is a really great feature that we’ve discussed before, though some turn off the Mac calling part, you can also use Continuity to quickly enable Instant Hotspot and even check the battery and cell signal of your iPhone from the Mac menu bar)
Now it’s your turn to share your Mac setup! Just answer some questions about your Apple hardware and how you use it, then take a few high quality pictures, and send it all in… go here to get started.
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