Software engineer (Java)
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Software engineer (Java)
James Gosling, software engineer. Best known as the originator of the Java programming language.
I’ve got stacks of hardware in my home office. A fact which my wife is constantly cranky about.
For everyday stuff and while traveling, I use a Macbook Pro with 4 gigs of ram and a 256 GB SSD disk.
I’ve got a Mac Mini in one corner that’s just used for household stuff: taxes, the checkbook, and the home automation system. It’s my “don’t fuck with that” machine that I generally leave alone.
In the closet I’ve got a home-built system that I use for network storage. It runs OpenSolaris and has 5 2Tb drives: mirrored with a hot spare for a total of 4Tb of usable storage.
An Acer netbook running Ubuntu when I want to travel light.
A couple of old Sun boxes that I keep meaning to rebuild into PCs - they’ve got interesting cases.
A beefy Sony laptop running Ubuntu for doing Linux hacking.
1 iPad. I had to give it a try - it mostly lives in the bathroom and has replaced the magazine stack.
For camera gear my main camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I mostly use my EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lenses. I also have an Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-6020 for snorkeling and other situations where getting submerged is likely (canoeing).
Gigabit ethernet to everything and every room in the house. Instead of using up precious wallsockets for phone, I use VoIP to a wireless phone. 6Mb DSL into the house from Sonic.net.
The home automation system is a pile of INSTEON switches spread all over the house, controlled by Indigo running on the Mac Mini.
Lots of other, less used, miscellaneous stuff stacked everywhere.
A Mac Mini for my wife and an iMac for my youngest daughter (the older one is out of college).
For software, I’m all over the map:
For doing presentations, I don’t use any of the usual software: I wrote my own years ago. I keep using it because I like its workflow better than PowerPoint or Keynote.
My main graphics tool (the thing that I use for things like creating all the JavaOne t-shirts) is NewTek LightWave. It is a phenomenal tool. I’ve been using it for years.
I also use Photoshop a fair amount and Illustrator occasionally.
I use Aperture to organize photographs.
I’m pretty happy with my setup. I’d love a renderfarm to speed up Lightwave: global illumination at high resolution in a forest with rain and water sucks up compute power insanely. But I probably wouldn’t want to pay the power bill.