On this page there’s just a bit on what hardware, software and gadgets as such I’m running right now, and yes, this is all a bit techie:
2011 Apple MacMini - Dual Core i5 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, AMD HD 6630M, 1TB Seagate Hybrid SSHD (May 2013), OS X 10.8.* (Base unit bought Sept. 2011)
The current incarnation of my continually self built desktop PC:
CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 (Jan. 2013) with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (Dec. 2013), RAM: 16GB Corsair DDR3 (Dec. 2011), Mobo: Asus B75M-PLUS (Dec. 2013), Graphics: Gigabyte HD7770 OC 1GB (Jan. 2013), Sound: Asus Xonar DGX (July 2013), Misc.: Antec EarthWatts 650 Green PSU (Jan. 2013). It has OS/apps on a Crucial 256GB m4 SSD (Sept. 2012) and data on a 1TB Western Digital Green drive. (Sept. 2009). Case: Fractal Design Refine R4 (July 2013) OS: Windows 8 64bit.
[May 2013] Basic Home Server: CPU: AMD A6-5400K, RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3, Mobo: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4M , Graphics: None – on CPU, Sound: None – onboard, PSU: Antec Earthwatts 450 Platinum PSU, Case; Fractal Design Define R4 case. Discs: Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS, 4 * 2TB WD Green HDD (in 2 disc pools for 4TB * 2) OS: GNU Linux Mint 15.
Most of the textual things I produce are done in a straight text editor like TextEdit, BBEdit or Notepad++. For assembling these bits, as well as actual writing, I use Scrivener – it’s a fantastic application. As I move machines, I tend to keep work in progress on Dropbox or Evernote.
Video editing I do in iMovie, and I tend to use Vimeo for web availability. I’m currently using iPhoto to organise photos, and an old copy of Photoshop Elements 8 or Paint.net for image creation and such. For music, I’m using iTunes on Mac, Foobar2000 on Windows.
This blog is housed on WordPress.com, but I also have some space at PairLite (part of pair.com) for some personal projects and experiments. All of my e-mail is run via my own domain names, but uses Rackspace Mail as a backend.
- 6th generation iPod Classic 80GB (~2006)
- 3rd generation wi-fi Kindle (Sept. 2010)
- iPhone 4 32GB (Softbank-free with contract extension – August 2011)
- Asus Nexus 7 tablet (October 2013)
- Samsung N145Plus Netbook (running LinuxMint 13 – March 2011)
I ride a 2006 Honda CB400 SF motorbike – a nice simple bike which is great for getting out into the core of Japan, and meeting the people. I do have a license for a larger bike, but have not got around to sorting a bigger bike out! In 2011 I picked up a Trek Kaitai bicycle which I also like to get out on – four wheels good, two wheels better.
To enjoy the mountains, I have a decade old Nitro Atlas 64 snowboard, some Flow bindings for a few days on the mountain. I also ski a bit, on some discounted Head Cube 10 ski boots I picked up, and an old pair of carving skis I got from a friend.
The Audio and the Visual
I have a Nikon D3200 dSLR which I bought in October 2012, having sold my trusty old D40 (from 2006!), I have 2 lenses (a 35mm and a 55-200mm zoom), a GoPro HERO2 which I like to play with. I also have a Zoom H1 audio recorder, as sometimes I just want to capture the sounds, and not the sights.
I do a lot less gaming nowadays, and that is on the consoles for the most part – I have an XBox360, a Wii and a PS3, not to mention a Nintendo DS somewhere – with some more casual games being played through Steam. It’s something I don’t have a lot of free time for of late.