★ The Setup

I love reading about and taking a look at people’s setups. I was inspired by this series so I decided to do one for my own setup.

So who are you and what do you do?

I’m Jay Torres and I’m a sales engineer for an HVAC company.

What hardware are you using to get your work done?

My current setup is a 15″ MacBook Pro (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM) and it is connected to a 24″ Dell monitor. I use the Dell as my main workspace and push other distractions (iChat, Tweetie, iTunes) to the MacBook’s monitor. I use Apple’s wireless keyboard and mouse. I thought I would get annoyed of the keyboard’s lack of a dedicated number pad but I really like how small and minimalist it is. The Mighty Mouse isn’t my favorite thing in the world but until I find a decent Bluetooth mouse that comes with a rechargeable cradle that works with OS X, I’m stuck with it. I listen to music through a set of iHome computer speakers that also serves as my iPhone dock.

I have a 160GB external drive that USED to serve as a mirrored backup but that drive is on it’s way out. In the meantime, I’m using a 500GB Time Capsule and Time Machine for backup. It’s convenient but whenever it backs up, it’s slow as shit. I also use the Time Capsule to store movies/TV shows and stream them to my TV via a 160GB Apple TV.

I have an original 16GB iPhone that I could not function without.

And what software?

I thought about this and amazingly, I spend a lot of my time in my web browser. I currently use the latest beta of Safari 4. Simple equipment selections are web based but for actual equipment quotations I have to use Internet Explorer. I haven’t really committed to either using Parallels or just booting into Windows. Parallels is more convenient, but its slow. Booting into Windows means everything runs faster but I don’t have the applications from the Mac side. On the dark side, I use Windows 7 and IE8. For chat, I use Pidgin.

For email, contact managment and calendars, I use Google. I love Google. I love how my contacts and calendar sync over the air with my iPhone. I manage my personal email and my work email using the multiple inbox feature in GMail. I make full use of labels to organize what has to be done. And finally I also use Microsoft Office on both Windows and Mac OS X. It’s a necessary evil.

As for random miscellaneous software, I use iChat, NetNewswire, Marsedit, iPhoto, Stickies, and Tweetie. On my iPhone, I make use of Twitterfon, Loopt, NetNewswire and Beejive.

What would be your perfect, ultimate setup?

I love my current setup but I always want more. If I could, I’d like a tricked out 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro and one of those new LED Cinema Displays. Extra HDDs for backups would be nice and an iTunes NAS would be awesome.

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