My Kit

Andrew’s Equipment

I spend many hours tinkering with Cloud environments, but what tools do I use?

Well, I don’t have very new equipment, as I believe that it’s what you do with the tools rather than the tools themselves.

Keyboard and Mouse

I have the following mouse and keyboard, one set at home, and another at work.

  • Aukey Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Microswitches
  • Aukey Microswitch cordless mouse

Equipment for Day-to-Day Work.

Desktop PC: 27″ iMac (Late-2015)

  • QuadCore i7 (4.0 GHz 8MB) 8 Threads
  • AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 32GB RAM
  • 3TB Apple Fusion Drive
  • OS: Mac OS X Catalina 10.15.x
    • Microsoft Office (Standard for Mac, Outlook & OneNote Removed)
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro (BootCamped)
    • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019
    • Microsoft Visio Professional 2019
    • Microsoft Project Professional 2019
  • 2nd Monitor: 2011 27″ iMac is used as a second monitor in target display mode.

Laptop PC: 13″ Mac Book Pro (Early-2015)

  • Dual-Core i7 (3.1 GHz 4MB) 4 Threads
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB Flash Storage
  • OS: Mac OS X Catalina 10.15.x

Office/Work Laptop PC: Lenovo Y700

  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor (2.60GHz 6MB) 8 Threads
  • 4k Display NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M 4GB
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 1TB Storage HDD
    • OS: Mint Linux 19.2, Tina (Encrypted FS)
      • VMs:
        • Ubuntu 18.04 for Work (Encrypted FS)
        • Windows 10, with Office 2019

Notes and Checklists Software:

  • Synology Note for Windows/Mac OS X/Linux & Android/iOS
  • Synology Drive Client Sync (Sync Between Devices) for Windows/Mac OS X/Linux & Android/iOS
  • Synology Chat (A private slack like a piece of software for Windows/Mac OS X/Linux & Android/iOS

As a DevOps & QA Person, I have two phones, one Android and another iPhone, this helps with Testing of Apps!

Phone 1: OnePlus 5 (2017)

  • Android 9
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB Storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 OctaCore 4×2.45GHz & 4×1.9GHz processors
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • SIM 1:
  • SIM 2: Smarty SIM (Three Network)

Phone 2: iPhone 8 (2017)

  • iOS 13
  • 3GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage
  • A11 Bionic Chip
  • SIM: VodaPhone

Storage / Personal Cloud

NAS: Synology DS1515+

  • 5 x 3TB Hitachi UltraStar Drives (Synology Hybrid RAID 2)
  • 16GB RAM (Internal & External SIMMs upgraded)

NAS: Buffalo LS220D

  • 2 x 3TB Seagate Drives (Raid 1 Mirror)

DJing / Music Equipment

Desktop PC: 27″ iMAC Mid-2011

  • QuadCore i5 (2.7GHz 6MB)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB of GDDR5 memory
  • 16GB RAM
  • 2TB Crucial SSD (Internal)
  • OS: Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.x
    • VMs:
      • Mint Linux 19.x for IT Work
      • Windows 10, with Office 2019 Professional, Visio & Project
  • Microsoft Office (Standard for Mac, Outlook & OneNote Removed)
  • Photo Software
  • DJ Software
    • Serato DJ Pro
      • Play Expansion
      • FX Expansion
      • Pitch ‘N’ Time Expansion
    • In Key
      • Platinum Notes
      • Mixed In Key

DJing live doesn’t require much in the way of power so these old 2010 Polymer Unibody MacBooks are more than sufficient.

Armoured Home/DJ Laptop 1: 2010 MacBook (White)

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
  • 16GB (2 x 8GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 1TB Crucial SSD Upgrade.
  • OS: Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.x
  • Microsoft Office (Standard for Mac, Outlook & OneNote Removed)
  • Photo Software
  • DJ Software

 

Armoured Home/DJ Laptop 2: 2010 MacBook (White)

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
  • 8GB (2 x 4GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 480GB SanDisk SSD Upgrade.
  • OS: Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.x
  • Microsoft Office (Standard for Mac)
  • DJ Software

Headphones: Bose Quiet Comfort 35

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