Currently Using - August 2018

On this page there’s just a bit on what equipment we’re running right now. It’s all to meet requirements and geared towards value for money. That’s boring, I know.


On this page there’s just a bit on what equipment we’re running right now. It’s all to meet requirements and geared towards value for money. I tend not to buy top of the range kit because I really wouldn’t see the benefit of the investment. That’s boring, I know.


Dell XPS 13 The family computer from May 2018, a nice and somewhat child resistant metal laptop used by most people except me really. (8th gen Core i5, 8GB RAM, SSD, Windows 10)

Lenovo Thinkpad E440 I bought this in August 2014 and it’s really the workhorse for my writing and such. Linux has been great on this machine. I really like this machine - possible the best hardware/OS combo I’ve had since my Powerbook G3! (Core i3-4100M (Haswell), 8GB RAM, SSD running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS).

2011 Apple MacMini This one harks back to September 2011, before Apple ruined the range. Since then I bumped the memory and stuck an SSD in it. It’s fine for the photo management I ask of it as it’s somewhat been put out to pasture as a daily usage machine, and is mainy hooked up to the TV. ( Dual Core i5 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, AMD HD 6630M, 525GB Crucial MX300SSD (Sept. 2016), macOS High Sierra.)

Windows PC My Frankenstein’s monster of a Windows box is mainly for editing, encoding, gaming and some work. CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 (January 2013) with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (December 2013), RAM: 16GB Corsair XMS DDR3 (December 2011), Mobo: Asus B75M-PLUS (December 2013), Graphics: Zotac GTX 1060 AMP (October 2016), Sound: Asus Xonar U7 (May 2014), Misc.: Antec EarthWatts 650 Green PSU (Jan. 2013). Drives: OS/apps on a Crucial 256GB m4 SSD (Sept. 2012), and data on a 2TB Western Digital Green drive. (April 2014). Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (July 2013) OS: Windows 10 Home.

Archive Server Another self built machine mainly harking back to May 2013, purely for archiving files and media, running the linux. CPU: AMD A6-5400K, with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (May 2015) RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3, Mobo: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4M, Graphics: On CPU (headless), Sound: onboard, PSU: Antec Earthwatts 450 Platinum PSU, Case; Fractal Design Define R4 case. Discs: Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS, 4TB Western Digital Red (September 2018) & 1 * 4TB WD Red HDD (September 2016) OS: Xubuntu 18.04 LTS.


Backups and Sync are both handled with SpiderOak, one of the more secure 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 Atom, Notepad++ for day to day, FocusWriter and Scrivener for longer works, and RedNoteBook for journalling.

Video editing I do in Premiere Elements on Windows, and I tend to use YouTube (and previously Vimeo) for video availability.

I keep passwords in a KeePassXC file, and sensitive documents in VeraCrypt files.

Hosting 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.


Moto G5plus 32GB Android ‘smartphone’ (June 2017) Kindle PaperWhite 2015 (Sept. 2015) Asus Nexus 7 tablet (2013) Raspberry Pi’s of various generations running various OSs Arduino Uno and other electronics kit (2013 onwards).


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). I think I’m one of only a few people who feel they got their moneys worth out of the old Wii U we still have. We also have a few 3DSs in the house. I also play a few games through Steam/GOG on my desktop PC and my Linux laptop.