The Self-Proclaimed Lame Mac Setup of Sean Sperte, but I Think It’s Pretty Sweet
Sean is a graphic designer and web developer at The City Church in Seattle, WA. He’s been making websites since the early 90s. He’s an Apple (and technology) enthusiast, and writes a website called Geek & Mild. He’s married to Casey and has a baby daughter named Lucy.
1. What does your desk look like?
2. What is your current Mac setup?
At work I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro (mid-2008), outfitted with 4GB of RAM and a matte screen. I use the Griffen iCurve and plug into a 23-inch Cinema Display. I also use the Mighty Mouse, and despite its reputation, really like its design.
At home and on the go I use my personal 13-inch MacBook Pro (unibody, SD card slot), also equipped with 4GB of RAM. I don’t have a desk at home (yet) so I usually setup wherever I can find a flat surface — which is sometimes just my lap.
I carry the Magic Mouse with me, and use it whenever the MacBook Pro’s trackpad isn’t enough.
For backup I have a Drobo with two drives in it, as well as an external (bus-powered) hard drive that I carry with me. I plug into the Drobo at least once a week, and run Time Machine. The external drive serves as my photo library vault, and duplicates my iPhoto library.
3. Why are you using this setup?
I used my work laptop as my primary computer until purchasing the 13-inch MacBook Pro last fall as my personal computer. The 15-inch is heavier and bigger, and I found that carrying it in my bag caused back pain and fatigue. When the need arose for me to have my own, personal computer, I opted for the smaller laptop over, say, an iMac, because I wanted to remain mobile. My job requires a level of flexibility in that regard.
I don’t yet have a desk to work from at home because I haven’t found the perfect one.
4. What software do you use on a daily basis, and for what do you use it?
- Safari — my web browser of choice
- Adobe Photoshop — graphics creation
- FontExplorer X Pro — font management
- Dropbox — file synchronization and backup
- Things — task management
- TextMate — development, text editing
- Coda — quick development and file transfer
- Mail — email
- Tweetie — Twitter
- iTunes — music, podcasts
- MAMP — development environment
Honorable mentions (not daily uses, but still valuable in my workflow):
- Droplr — quick file/link/photo sharing
- Transmit — heavy-duty file transfer
- VMWare Fusion — Windows emulation
- Fission — audio editing
- HandBrake — video conversion/transcoding
5. Do you own any other Mac gear?
My 32GB iPhone 3GS is always with me. I also have an older AirPort Extreme and carry an AirPort Express in my bag.
Also in my bag and worth mentioning:
- A Nintendo DS (which I hardly ever play anymore)
- A Canon SD450 point-and-shoot camera
- A couple AppBooks from Vol5, and .38mm Pilot G-2 pens
- Starbucks VIA
6. Do you have any future upgrades planned?
A few extra drives to keep the Drobo fat and happy.
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