Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Adith Radityo, and I'm a student. On the internet I go by the alias zenstealth. I like technology, science, minimalism, and indie rock.
What hardware are you using?
My main computer is a MacBook from mid-2007. It runs on a 2 GHz Intel 2 Core Duom, andit's completely maxed out at 4GB of RAM (3GB usable) and a 750GB HDD. This is the first computer I have ever bought, and I paid for it with my first paycheck - this machine is my pride and joy. For a 5-year-old laptop I still can't believe how well it still performs; it plays 1080p videos smoothly in VLC, it buffers multiple 720p YouTube videos just fine, and it even handles a heavily customized Firefox profile just fine (even when it eats up half the RAM doing so). One day I'll replace the hard drive with an SSD, and the SuperDrive with the hard drive I just replaced so I get the combination of really fast system drive and an huge storage drive.
The MacBook sits atop a Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Cooling Pad to prevent it from melting down into a burning pile of slag. The average temperature for my laptop before I had the NotePal was around 175°F; now it's around a nice cool 140°F. Sometimes I use a Dell AT101W as my keyboard. It's mechanical, and I got the thing for free by rescuing it from a computer junk pile at the back of my school's library.
My main phone is a Nexus 4, currently on stock Android 4.2.2 and non-rooted. My secondary phone is a HTC ThunderBolt, rooted and flashed to ICS 4.0.4. I carry both around with me in case I ever need to text somebody while watching a YouTube video. Seriously, it's so useful carrying two smartphones around.
My other gadgets are a 30GB 5th generation iPod video with a Monoprice MHP-839 headphone, and a Kindle Touch. I also have a 512MB Model B Raspberry Pi, which I mainly use as a server and a wearable computer (which you can see in my photo up top).
And what software?
Lion is the highest supported version for my MacBook so that's what I'm stuck with. I have TotalFinder installed which enables tabbed browsing, cut & paste, and many other useful features that Apple should have implemented long ago in Finder. At any given moment Terminal is always running and easily hidden yet accessible via a system-wide hot-key thanks to TotalTerminal.
Firefox is my browser of choice and I use it all the time because of how customizable it is and how it's the only one that does bookmark keywords right. Evernote is how I store all my notes, and it essentially acts as my second brain. It works like magic: you add notes to it, and it's later is tagged, indexed, and synced to the cloud for easy retrieval and safekeeping. It's totally worth paying $5/month or $45/year for the massive 1GB monthly upload allowance - compared to 60MB for free accounts.
iTunes is how I manage my music library, and every song or album in it is tagged with the proper metadata and is usually includes the high-res version of the album cover. I like getting new songs as lossless formats, and I use XLD to convert them into the Apple friendly ALAC format. VLC is the best video player ever, since it plays just about every format known to man.
When using Linux (GNU/Linux or GNU plus Linux or whatever you like to call it) I prefer Xubuntu because it has the same features and compatibility of Ubuntu without the atrocious Unity interface and it doesn't send your search data to third parties in order to make money. For servers I like to use Debian, and Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi.
What would be your dream setup?
My present dream setup is a 15" Retina MacBook Pro, painted completely black. It'd be partnered alongside a custom-built gaming PC that's connected to at least five IPS resolution monitors and a surround system.
My near-future dream setup will be an Oculus Rift and a pair of haptic-feedback gloves so I can interact with things inside a Second Life-type virtual reality - just like in Ernest Cline's fantastic book Ready Player One, or in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
Also, I'll be wearing a pair of Google Glass which I'll name Sebastian because I really want to change the default command from "Okay Glass" to "Sebastian this is an order". Later on I'll eventually add an external sensor array so I can see stuff in infrared, radar, and sonar.
My far-into-the-future-yet-theoretically-possible dream setup is:
- Brain-Computer Interface Chip.
- Wireless 24/7 internet connection (with a hardwired off-switch).
- Mechanical arms and legs capable of superhuman strength.
- A spine upgrade for the extra lifting capacity due to the arms.
- Artificial eyes with optical zoom, thermal vision, and heads up display interface.
- Cochlear implants for being able listen to frequencies imperceptible to the human ear, and locating objects and people via sonar.
- Respirocytes. You have no idea how useful those little oxygen-carrying guys will be when you're in a tough situation.
- 13-inch MacBook, late 2007
(2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Mac OS X 10.7.5)
- Dell AT101W Mechanical Keyboard
- HP vs15 Monitor
- Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Cooling Pad
- Google Nexus 4 (Running stock 4.2.2)
- HTC ThunderBolt (Running UnSenseROM JeLato ICS 4.0.4 DeSensed)
- BlackBerry 9780 Bold
- LG Optimus T
- Palm Pixi
- iPod video 5G (30GB)
- Monoprice MHP-839 Headphones
- Kindle Touch
- Raspberry Pi - Model B (512MB RAM)
- See the Guitar Gear page.
- Google Apps for my domain
- Google Voice for voice calls and texting via the internet
- Google Reader for all my news
- Google Drive for storing files in the cloud
- Evernote for storing my notes
- LastPass for password sync
- Xmarks for bookmark sync
- Useful System Utilities
- TotalFinder adds tabs and proper copy & paste to the Mac OS X Finder
- TotalTerminal makes Terminal.app accessible via a hot-key
- Carbon Copy Cloner for super simple data backups
- Cinch enables Aero Snap style window snapping on the Mac
- ClipMenu a clipboard manager
- Growl a global notification system
- KeyRemap4MacBook remaps the external keyboard
- Palua reverts Apple Keyboard Function keys to normal F1-F12 functions
- Tuxera NTFS for Mac so I can write to NTFS formatted disk partitions
- Internet & Productivity Tools
- iTunes for storing and playback of my music
- Last.fm Scrobbler for keeping track of all the songs I listen to
- Steam a game manager/store where I throw monies at
- Onlive a streaming videogame service client
- VLC plays just about every media format in existence
- XLD (X Lossless Decoder) converts lossless files
- Dev Tools