So begins my series on my digital life. I realized that after six months working at WBR, and after near 23 years in the computing universe, I have settled on a routine that is maybe helpful for others. Certainly, my method of work is not as seamless or as downright entertaining as Merlin’s and nor is it as quantifiable. Instead, I have managed to arrange my digital existence in a way that keeps my information overloading without it being overbearing.
That being said, it can use some work. However, I think it has reached the balance to where I am accessible everywhere, gather information all the time and yet manage to be No Place at any moment (more on the No Place concept later).
To begin this series, I want to first outline the environment. This is both my computing environment, as well as my social/work environment. We’ll start at home.
Home (Pasadena, CA)
The evolution of my home computing environment is inversely proportional to my relationship status. This means that now that I’m married my computing environment has gone from this..
At home, I have a G5 with dual 23″ screens. My machine at home is primarily used for working from home, working on side projects, my wife’s computing (we fight over it) and as a music server for our home audio system. As well, it does the customary daemon type things like BitTorrent. The system has half a terrabyte of disc storage, with another 250 gigs of external storage.
Non-common essential apps (apps that only this machine runs) are: Azureus, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Quicken 2006, Toon Boom Studio, Aperture, Eclipse IDE and X-Plane.
Work (Warner Bros Records, Burbank, CA)
My job title at WBR is Director of Technology. What this basically means is that I manage the web-development team, work with the creative director and for the company and such. I’m the visionary driving our usage of technology in all aspects. That includes marketing a record, doing band websites, how we do fanclubs and merchandise, as well as keeping on top of technological trends. Half my day is spent doing research, and the other half spent keeping the machines working and deals flowing.
Being that my job is a lot of research, my work computer doesn’t have as much coding duties. The machine is a dual core G5, a 20″ cinema display and about 500 gigs of hard drive space. As well, I have a Lacie 250gb external. The PC is a Toshiba Centrino-type laptop which is used only for cross-platform QA.
Non-common apps include: Studiometry for managing the department (we’re testing it), a lot of transcoding tools for video (Cinematize, etc), Flash decompilers and P2P apps.
My laptop is a 12″ Powerbook, running at 1.25ghz. It is primarily used for mobile usage, and maintains a mirror of essential applications common to both systems (the next article). The laptop is also used at home by my wife or I in exchange for the G5, so it hooks into the network for storage most of the time.
My cell phone and mobile device is a PPC-6700. I just got this phone about two weeks ago as a replacement to my broken PPC-6600. The device has 1gig of MiniSD storage, and has been heavily modified to include: an RSS reader, Agile Messenger for mobile IM, TCPMP for usage as a video device, Virtual Earth and Google Local Mobile.
I also have a 1 gigabyte thumb drive, that was a Christmas present from Total Assault Marketing. Thanks guys. This has many uses.
I have one primary server that I run, down from 8 that used to run in my closet in Santa Barbara. The server is located at The Planet web hosting, and is a dedicated box. The server is a dual XEON 2.8ghz with hyper-threading enabled. It has 4 gigs of RAM and a terabyte of storage. The server primarily runs Murmurs.com, as well as Pink is the New Blog. Besides that, it runs all e-mail for its domains including 50 @murmurs.com accounts. The server also has WEB_DAV enabled.
14″ iBook G3 used as a music jukebox in the living room.
Airport Express used to extend our wireless network and provide optical-out audio in the living room
60 gig 5G ipod used for “My Life in My Car” emergency data storage, updated weekly, just in case.
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