Sweet Mac Setup: Shaun Inman

Shaun Inman’s jaw-dropping web-design skills, mind-boggling web-development skills, and really awesome name, all set him apart as a man who needs no introduction.

Shaun’s Setup:

1. What does your desk look like?

Shaun Inman's Sweet Mac Setup

Shaun Inman's Sweet Mac Setup

2. What is your current Mac setup?

I currently use a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro purchased at the end of 2006 as my primary machine. It’s maxed out at 3 GB of RAM.

Connected are a Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, the full-size aluminum keyboard, a 20″ aluminum Apple LCD, the Bose Companion 3 speaker system, an original iSight, the Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone and the M-Audio 61-key USB keyboard.

3. Why are you using this setup?

I do a fare bit of travel and prior to this laptop I used a G5 at home and an iBook on the road. I just got tired of syncing before and after trips. The Intellimouse is the perfect fit for my hand; the copy/paste/back/forward buttons seem to have been designed with my thumb specifically in mind. The new Apple keyboards are equally delightful to use. The rest I neither love nor hate; they just get the job done.

4. What software do you use on a daily basis, and for what do you use it?

No real surprises here. I use the following on a daily basis:

  • Quicksilver strictly as an application launcher
  • Mail for all my passive aggressive needs
  • TextMate for code wrangling
  • Photoshop CS 3 for pixel pushing (anti-aliased or otherise)
  • Transmit for breaking things on live servers in real-time
  • BBEdit 8.2.6 for its Find and Replace with support for regular expressions and Find Differences
  • Safari for Twitter, Shortwave, Fever, Mint and Google
  • MAMP for local development

Frequently if not daily:

  • GarageBand for music composition and recording
  • Terminal for really breaking things on live servers in real-time

5. Do you own any other Mac gear?

Wi-fi is provided by an Airport Extreme. I’ve also hooked up the old G5 to the flat-screen in the family room. I picked up a cheap PlayStation-to-USB adaptor and setup ControllerMate to control the Finder, DVD Player, VLC and a number of emulators (NES, SNES, Gameboy Advance and PlayStation). I also have a jail-broken iPhone (for my carrier, not the apps).

6. Do you have any future upgrades planned?

Of course! In the next month or so I’m planning on picking up a new MacBook Pro and a Wacom Cintiq 12WX. Also, since my iPhone is jailbroken I’m planning on picking up an iPod touch as an easier-to-maintain development device.

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