My 2012 computer setup
(This started as a Google+ post, but since those words are wasted, I decided to blog it instead)
I do all of my work on a laptop, which I recently repaved for the new software Microsoft released last week. I thought it might be interesting to share the configuration.
- Lenovo T520
- Storage: a 500GB hard drive, plus a 256GB OCZ Vertex 4
- A Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600
- A pretty standard Samsung 22" LCD monitor
At the moment I survive on the single LCD monitor plus laptop screen, though when I return to Australia I'll add a second 22" monitor. I've used more expensive keyboards from Logitech in the past but the Microsoft Wired Keyboard has a very nice feel to it when typing.
Here is my WEI rating. The graphics performance is normally much higher, but I'm only using the built-in Windows 8 driver instead of drivers from the graphics vendor because, well, they seem very crashy.
- Windows 8
- Office 2010
- Adobe CS4
- Axialis IconWorkshop
- Visual Studio 2012
- ReSharper 7.0
- Red Gate .NET developer bundle (Reflector, ANTS)
- Beyond Compare
- GitHub for Windows (all Octopus code is in public/private GitHub repositories)
- GitExtensions for the things GH4W can't do yet
- Sublime Text
- Balsamiq Mockups
- Steam (for Age of Empires III)
- Google Chrome
Although I'm using Windows 8, I spend all of my time in the desktop, and haven't installed any
Metro Windows 8 style applications from the application store yet.
So far I've managed to avoid installing SQL Server or any older versions of Visual Studio. I think if that time comes I'll set up a virtual machine using VirtualBox.
What does your 2012 hardware/software configuration look like?
Welcome, my name is Paul Stovell. I live in Brisbane and work on Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool for .NET applications.
Prior to founding Octopus Deploy, I worked for an investment bank in London building WPF applications, and before that I worked for Readify, an Australian .NET consulting firm. I also worked on a number of open source projects and was an active user group presenter. I was a Microsoft MVP for WPF from 2006 to 2013.