On this page there's just a bit on what electronic devices / equipment / software I'm running right now. It's all to meet requirements and geared towards value for money.
What's New in April 2020?
The main change is that I bought a new camera, upgrading from my Nikon D3200 which I bought in mid 2012 to a new Fujifilm X-T200. It's a mirrorless ILC from Fujifilm's X lens mount APS-C series of cameras. I got it with the kit 15-45mm camera, and plan to add a couple of lenses later in the year. I'm keeping the D3200 as it's still a great stills camera, and my kids like using it. I'll do a proper write up, but main reasons to update were that the autofocus is so much better and quicker, more usable video, to go mirrorless and I really like the Fujifilm colours.
In other news from the last few months:
Dell XPS 13 (9360) The family laptop since May 2018, and a nice and somewhat child resistant metal laptop at that. (Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, UHD 620 graphics, Windows 10 Home)
Windows PC My Frankenstein's monster of a Windows box is mainly for audio and video editing, encoding, gaming and some work, and generally gets updated piecemeal.
Archive Server Another self built machine mainly harking back to May 2013, and used for archiving files and media, running the linux.
2011 Apple MacMini I bumped the memory and stuck an SSD in it but it's old, struggles with most things above 1080p with h264, but that's still useful, so it's hooked up to my old 24" monitor on a spare desk for study purposes and desktop stuff. CPU: Dual Core i5 2520M, Memory: 8GB, Graphics: AMD HD 6630M w/ 256MB, Drive: Crucial MX300 525GB SSD (Sept. 2016), MacOS: 10.13 High Sierra (2017)
Backups and the small amount of sync I do are both handled with SpiderOak, one of the more security focussed online backup services, since living in a wooden house in an earthquake zone does make me think about off-site backup quite a lot. Most of the things I do are text based, so I try to keep it simple, using as editors like Notepad++ for day to day, LibreOffice Writer, and RedNoteBook for journalling. Photo management is mainly via digiKam.
Video editing I use BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 16.x on the Windows desktop, and I tend to use both YouTube and Vimeo for video availability. I moved to LosslessCut for hacking away unneeded footage from my GoPro excursions.
Audio Editing Since buying a proper mic, I went for Reaper as a cheap but easy to understand DAW.
This site is housed on some space at Pair Networks where I also keep some personal projects and experiments. All of my e-mail is run via my own domain names, using Pair again as a back-end with a side helping of GMail as a backup. There are free equivalents for email, and of course web-mail, but Pair works well, I can use alts for things easily, no ads in sight, and costs 6USD/month for the hosting and mail.
I do a lot less gaming nowadays as I get my kids to do it instead. We currently have a Nintendo Switch and a PS4, which is mainly used as a HTPC. We also have a few 3DSs in the house. I play a few games through Steam/GOG on my desktop PC now and then.
I have a new FujiFilm X-T200 (April 2020) with the kit 15-45mm lens and so far really enjoy it. It's a different beast from my Nikon D3200 dSLR which I bought in October 2012. That said, I'll be keeping it around, with the 3 DX lenses I have (a 35mm prime, a 55-200mm telephoto and a used 18-55mm VR kit lens).
After years of abusing and finally selling my GoPro HeroHD 2, then a Hero 5 Black (also since sold), in December 2018 I received a GoPro 7 Black as a gift. I like to play with the GoPros on the snowboard, the bikes and at the beaches. I find it to be a great urban camera too and using with the family given its POV style, the kids can’t really break it. Well, they haven’t yet.
Of late I've indulged a long time interest in audio recording, and have invested in a Rode NT1 mic kit, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface. I've been using this for family video voice overs and eventually for some YouTube voiceovers.