Mac Setup: Desk of a Software Developer & IT Architect
This week we’re featuring the Mac workstation of Keith K., a software developer whose desk features a 4k display mounted on an articulating arm, let’s get right to it and learn a bit more about this setup!
What do you use for Apple Gear for?
I am a software developer and I.T. Architect. I use my Mac Mini to host a Windows 8.1 VM where I can test my cross platform apps for Mac and PC and soon Mobility.
What hardware does your current Mac setup consist of?
Here’s the configuration of my Mac Mini and related accessories:
- Mac Mini 2011 model with 16GB RAM and Samsung SSD
- 27″ Dell P2715Q 4k Monitor (mounted on a 3M Monitor Arm)
- Penguin Joystick Mouse
- Kinesis FreeStyle ergonomic keyboard
- HP speakers with HP sub-woofer
- Synology NAS DS413j
- VMWare Fusion 7
- Samsung external DVD writer (usb)
- TabloTV (over the air appliance for cord cutters)
Why did you go with this particular setup?
I needed the best of both worlds (Mac and Windows). As an Architect, I use MSFT Visio for Windows. As a developer I use Visual Studio, Python, and Apache Cordova.
The Mac Mini 2011 made the most sense because it allowed me to purchase and install my own SSD and 3rd party 16gb of RAM.
Granted, my desk is not as neat and clean as others on your site, but it’s real!
What apps do you use most often?
- VMWare Fusion
- Visual Studio 2013
- Amazon Music
- PyCharm (Python IDE)
- Apache Cordova SDK
- Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac with Office 365 Home
- Apple Mail for OS X with Calendar
- Safari and Google Chrome
- OS X El Capitan
Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
Make sure you keep your OS patches up to date. Enjoy your Mac experience.
You can run Windows apps side-by-side using either VMWare Fusion or Parallels.
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You can also browse through previously featured Mac setups, there are many great workstations out there!