An Interview with Myself By Myself

My Setup

Inspired by The Setup

Martin Santiago

Software Developer, Apple Geek

April 5, 2012

Who are you, and what do you do?

I don't really like to talk about my flair...So let's just get to the meat of things.

What hardware are you using?

I'm currently using a MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM. This machine is my primary development machine that I hook up to a 2008 24" Apple Cinema Display, which I only have because a friend of mine moved and couldn't bring it with her. Even though the monitor is 3 years old, it makes my 3 month old LED monitor look like a turd. I can't, correction, won't go back to a non-Apple display.

I use an Apple Wireless Keyboard and an Apple Magic Trackpad. I picked up the Twelve South MagicWand to seamlessly snap the two to make a megatron input device. I did just order a Das Keyboard. I love keyboards that clack like fcuk..if you are not clacking while typing, how are people supposed to know you're working??!?!

I also have a Mac mini with 8GB of RAM that I use as a media server. The Mac mini is connected to a 3 TB external hard drive to house all my media. To round off my Apple arsenal, I have a white 16GB iPhone 4S. I can honestly say that the iPhone is the best computer I've ever owned.

I bought the Nest when it first came out. I absolutely love it. It is such a beautifully designed piece of hardware

I've always had a thing for pens and notebooks, so on my desk are several Pigma Micron 05, fine point, .45mm pens in Sepia (because real men write in Sepia) . I use those pens to write in Kokuyo Buncobon Dot Cover A6 notebooks, which I have about half a dozen on my desk. Also on my desk is a an old pair of Bose QC15. I've had them for about 7 years and they are still as good as new. The only thing I've had to replace are the ear pieces.

My chair of choice is the Herman Millers Aeron chair. Arguably, the best designed chair ever made. I had one at my very first job out of college and naively thought that's how companies equipped their employees. When I moved on to my next job and realized that wasn't the case, I simply put my head down and quietly weeped. The chair is that good. I did change the casters with Miracle Casters, that way I wouldn't have to get those awful plastic matts just so a chair could roll properly on carpeting. The one I currently own was obtained through a trade with a friend; he got an old 21" iMac G4.

Finally, the's a 48" Spotlight Ebony from Crate and Barrel that I got on sale (floor model). It's simple and most importantly, it's got a dark finish.

And what software?

My main staples on my Mac are Xcode, iTerm2, Ingredients, Kaleidescope, Gitbox, Snippets and Sublime Text 2 for development.

I use Google for mail and chat via Sparrow and Messages. Chrome is my browser of choice. My current Twitter client is Tweetbot's alpha for Mac.

Cloudapp and Dropbox for sharing and backing things up.

For productivity, I'm a big Omni fan, so I use OmniFocus for GTD'ing and OmniGraffle for diagraming. I use Notational Velocity for note taking. And I use Delibar for bookmarking with Pinboard.

QuickSilver for making me use the keyboard more. Soulver for calculations. 1Password let's me managed all my password and secure information. And BetterTouchTool for improved gestures.

I use iA Writer for focused writing and Mars Edits for blogging.

For music, I use iTunes Match, although I sometimes use Spotify.

Last but not least, I use TotalFinder as my finder replacement. I'm obsessed with Chromimum tabs.

On my iPhone, I don't actually use that many apps. I primarily use Sparrow, Tweetbot, Instagram, Downcast, Kindle and Instapaper. Probably in that order...

What would be your dream setup?

I would love a 15" MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD that I would connect to a 27" Apple Cinema Display. And I wish that Bose made bluetooth version of the QC15. Other than that, I constantly crave for more memory and even more battery life for all my Mac and iOS devices. I'd love to get 10+ hours on a Mac laptop without plugging in.