SETUP & EQUIPMENT

Things that I use. Last updated on 7th September, 2017

I am frequently asked about my setup, the hardware and software I use for my work, or what kind of equipment one should choose. Since I don’t always have the opportunity to give an answer as precise as I would like, I thought a page describing the setup I am using could be a good idea. Listed here are the Hardware, Cameraware, Software and Paintware that I use.

Hardware

Laptop Setup:

  1. MacBook Pro (Late 2014), 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Connected to the Mainframe over WiFi.
  2. Logitech G300 mouse.

Tablet: Wacom Intuos Pro (Small).

Mainframe Setup

  1. Windows 7 Ultimate
  2. Intel i5 Chipset
  3. Circle Cabinet (Medium)
  4. 16GB RAM
  5. 500GB + 1TB + 4TB + 8TB HDD
  6. Gigabyte Motherboard
  7. SAMSUNG DVD Writer
  8. Logitech Mouse, Keyboard & Webcam
  9. Samsung 17” TFT Monitor (2004 model)
  10. TP-Link WR841N Router
  11. ipAccess NanoBTS (For signal boosting)
  12. D-Link DFM-560ES (connecting Landline Telephone to Server)
  13. HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3545 All-in-One Printer
  14. Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II (2016, to scan old negatives)
  15. Belkin 4-Port USB2.0 Hub
  16. Transcend 4-Port USB3.0 Hub
  17. Transcend USB3.0 Card Reader
  18. 1 TB Western Digital My Passport HDD (2014)
  19. APC BackUp UPS Pro 1000

Miscellaneous Hardware

  1. Yeti Blue Microphone, to record my voice
  2. TEAC R-919X Casette Deck, to convert old casettes to MP3

Mobile:

  1. iPhone 6s Plus Gold
  2. An extremely old Nokia 1100 when I feel nostalgic
  3. Xiaomi 5200mAh Power Bank
  4. Portronics 13000mAh Power Bank
  5. Skullcandy Jib Wireless In-Ear Earphones with Mic (Black)

Audio:

  1. Phillips Heaset
  2. Two very low Quality Enter speakers

DIY Electronics:

  1. Arduino Uno rev3 board.
  2. C.H.I.P
  3. Onion Omega 2
  4. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (2016)

Cameraware

Bodies

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 700D

Lenses

  • Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8
  • Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • Canon 500mm f/4L IS

Accessories

Camera Trap

Software

OS: OSX Yosemite

Development: I use iTerm2 for command line fu. I spend most of my time on either terminator or browser. Some of the terminal tools that I use daily:

  • Vim for some coding
  • Sometimes Git. Though I really don’t know how to use it efficiently
  • aria2c for downloading things
  • Autojump for quickly moving around my system
  • PDFtk for all things pdf. I only deal with pdfs when syncing docs between my devices
  • Some custom scripts
  • EAGLE, for Schematics & PCBs

A5 blank notebook and Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Fineliner for sketching when I am working on a user interface

Browser: Google Chrome with the following must have extensions:

  • uPass as passwords are important and are pretty hard not to forget
  • Better History because chrome’s history page sucks
  • Ghostery to block all the social nonsense
  • AdBlockPlus for the annoying ads all over the Internet
  • SpeakIt! for times when reading through a long passage becomes difficult
  • Session Buddy to save the tab sessions

Web Apps: Some web applications I use often

  • Most of Google stuff
  • Google Drive for document management. Special mention because it helped me move away from Windows environment. Linux still doesn’t have a half decent document suite
  • Facebook for the same reason every other people do
  • Twitter for bite sized updates

Desktop Apps: The few desktop apps that I do use include:

  • iTunes
  • Microsoft Office for there is nothing better
  • Flux for it slowly warms the colors of your screen based on the time of day.
  • [ShareMouse] (http://www.keyboard-and-mouse-sharing.com/) to swiftly travel between Mac & Windows screens
  • PHPStorm for all things PHP, manage my website
  • Sublime Text for editing quick bits of code (this site is coded using sublime text)
  • Queriois 2 for managing the MySQL databases
  • Tower for Git version control
  • Ulysses for writing. It has a brilliant zen interface
  • Tweetbot for Mac for it is the best Twitter client out there
  • Blogo / BlogJet for managing WordpPress blogs
  • Airmail for Managing emails and because the default Mail.app sucks
  • VLC. What else to use then?
  • Adobe Photoshop for all thins related to image creation
  • Adobe Illustrator and [Sketch] for creating vector illustrations & mockups
  • MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab to record and edit old Casettes & Vinyl
  • Sip or pickr for collecting colours from anywhere
  • SketchUp & Rhineceros for 3D modelling
  • Waltr for copying stuff to the iPhone
  • Dropbox & Cloudapp for sharing files
  • Deego for backup
  • Chatty Better Facebook messenger app
  • Messenger for Mac to communicate without opening the Facebook page
  • Whatsie a native Mac/Windows app wrapper for WhatsApp Web

Apple iPhone: I work on my mobile very rarely. Nevertheless, here are some apps that I use:

Photos:

  • Instagram for sharing photos
  • PhotoTransfer - to quickly transfer photos from iPhone to Mac
  • Flickr to share hi-res photos, since Facebook fucks up
  • Lightroom for taking RAW photos

Reading & Learning:

  • iBooks for ebooks
  • Swiftly to learn the Swift programming language
  • TOI important & non-impornant news
  • TED
  • Duolingo for learning languages (currently learning French)

Social:

  • Twitter for in class entertainment!
  • Facebook messenger and main app
  • Ello, distraction free networking
  • Google+, just for the sake of it
  • Whatsapp for staying in touch
  • Periscope for live streams
  • Skype because I’m too lazy to attend offline meetings
  • Zomato - who doesn’t want to eat good food?

Music:

Productivity:

  • Wunderlist for note taking
  • Kotak Bank, banking partners
  • StrarTokenNG, BOI, banking partners
  • CoinKeeper to track expenses

Tools:

  • Wordpress for managing blogs, though it’s not very usefull
  • Trello for project management
  • tawk.to - website chatting program

Paintware

Medium:

  • Canvas (Stretched)
  • Acid Free Watercolor Paper
  • 180gsm Paper

Colours:

Pens:

Brushes:

  • 1-12 number Round Brushes
  • 1/2”, 1”, 2” 4” Flat Brushes
  • 1, 3, 4, 9 Fan Brushes

Palette Knives:

  • 1/2” Diamond Knife
  • 1” Flat Knife
  • 1” Rounded Knife

Update Log

  • 25th February 2015 - Created
  • 13th January 2017 - First Update
  • 7th September 2017 - Added Cameraware section