People are always asking me: “Dude, what kind of killer setup do you have?” Actually no one has ever asked me that, but somebody might someday. In preparation for that future event, I’ve decided to share with you the tools I use day to day to design, develop, and test my websites. I have to admit, I do have a somewhat, um, unusual setup than most, but it works, and that’s what matters. The first part of this series is going to talk about the various computing hardware tools I use.
I guess you could describe my hardware as a Low End Mac setup. My main computing workhorse is a circa 1999 Apple Blue & White G3 Power Macintosh, running Mac OS X 10.4.11, Tiger (the latest it can run). This guy has a Daystar/XLR8 600MHz G4 processor upgrade, 896MB of RAM (yes I know, that’s a bit unusual), and an PCI ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card. The Blue & White also has a Sonnet Tempo ATA133 PCI card, two 120GB hard drives, and a Pioneer DVR-107D single-layer DVD burner. I also have a Wacom Graphire3 tablet that I use once in a while.
I have a love/hate relationship with this machine. While it gets the job done and runs surprisingly well for as old as it is, if definitely has some gremlins in it. Over the years I’ve learned to understand and predict its sometimes quirky nature.
I’m definitely a Mac guy, although I would not appreciate being called a fanboy. I do have a couple of PCs running Windows XP around the house, which I mostly use for Internet Explorer testing or running Apophysis occasionally.
I hope to soon get one of the new 2009 Mac minis, so I can at least be somewhat in the modern age. I will also be able to do Internet Explorer testing right on the same machine, which will be mighty convenient. Will I sell the Blue & White when the Mac mini comes along? No – we understand each other too well.
Come back soon for part 2 (or better yet, subscribe to the RSS feed), and I will be discussing what software tools I use to create websites.