CUSTOM MADE SILENT PC
For programming, design, and music compositions, I use an exclusive "silent" PC built for me by Besser-Leise Computertechnik Ltd. in Germany. Advantages: No noise, very fast, lots of RAM, 12 USB plugs, drives 2 monitors, WLAN, professional soundcard.
|—System:||Intel Core i7 Quad Core 3.40GHz, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD, Win10 Pro 64|
|—Graphics:||2 x NVIDIA Quadro FX380 (for 4 Monitors)|
|—Soundcard:||X-Fi Elite Pro (professional soundcard)|
|—Case:||LianLiPC A16 (brushed aluminium case)|
|—Monitors:||2 x EIZO FlexScan (High-End test winner)
|—Keyboard:||Logitech Y-UY95 (illuminated) (for speed)|
|—Mouse:||Logitech silent mouse, M330 Silent Plus|
|—Audio:||Tascam US-144 (for music instruments)|
|—Speakers:||Alesis studio/nearfield speakers (why?)|
|—Lighting:||Two full-spectrum daylight lamps|
|—Internet:||500 Mbit/s, UPC Connect 500 (Speedtest)|
Years of experience have taught me that the less software I have, the more efficiently I work. So I made it a habit to test and compare everything, but only use software that is neither over-featured nor unflexible. Here's what I kept.
• "Mozilla FIREFOX Quantum". I added a few useful Firefox extensions:
"Web Developer", "LiveReload(!)", "Mouse Gesture Events", "Search Preview", "Adblock Plus", "ColorZilla", "Font Changer", "Font Finder", "Google Translator Lite", "Measure-it", "WX Download Status Bar", "Download Virus Checker", "Ratings Preview for YouTube", "Ummy Radio" etc.
...plus Google Chrome (very good, many extensions), Safari (good), IE (bad), Edge (crap).
• "Eclipse" (this has become my favorite code editor, with many extensions)
"SecureWAMP" (the basis for my website programming work (not XAMPP!))
"TSW Web Coder" (this is by far the best of all PHP IDE's - I tested all)
"PHP Expert Editor" (compact and fast, with Bitstream coding font Bitstream)
"Code Visual to Flowchart" (quite useful to visualize PHP programs)
"HDD Software Hex Editor" (good to have but not regularly necessary)
"CamStudio" (to record program demo videos directly from the screen)
• "HeidiSQL" (database admin tool, I prefer this over Navicat)
"phpFlashMyAdmin" (Online MySQL admin in Flash - forget phpMyAdmin!)
"MySQL Workbench" (sometimes quite useful for structuring a database)
"Access2MySQL" (must have to convert those client Access databases)
• "FlashFXP" (the only FTP software that is perfect)
"WinSCP" (for secure FTP and managing VPS servers)
"TeamViewer" (client support, remote desktop viewing)
"Visual TraceRoute" (can sometimes be very useful)
• "Adobe Creative Suite" (a suite of design programs)
"Inkscape" (the best for vector designs such as logos)
"PaintShop Pro" (the fastest software for photo editing)
"Cinema4D XL" (to model and render 3D objects)
"Google SketchUp" (gotta love Google for that)
"Ulead GIF Animator" (GIF animation made easy)
"VideoPad" (to edit videos in an efficient way)
• "Presonus Studio One 2.6 Producer" 32bit (— works and sounds better than Cubase, Tracktion etc.)
part of the ⇒ Homerecording Setup: Tascam US, Alesis Studio Monitors, AKG 240, Unisphere 1, Variax JTV-69 ("25 guitars in one" / "Guitar of the Year"), Tune "Bass Maniac", M-Audio Keyboard, Jamstix 4 Virtual Drums, TruePianos Atlantis, ABPL Bass, Spectralive (for mastering), VST's, Audacity, AIMP Player etc.
OTHER DESKTOP SOFTWARE
SPECIAL ONLINE SOFTWARE
"BrowserStack" (quickly check a website in different browsers)
"DeepL" (this is the best automatic German/English translator)
"ClickTale" (mouse move heatmaps, to see what site visitors do)
"Montastic" (get informed when a website goes down)
"Online-Convert" (convert all kinds of files)
"Font Squirrel" (download designer fonts)
• HP Pavilion Dv7
17 inch display, Quad-Core, 6GB RAM, full-size Keyboard, BlueRay, exceptionally good sounding speakers, Windows 10 / 64bit, XAMPP (Apache/MySQL/PHP) running as a service. Quotes from the review: "With a no-nonsense list of specs, power and high quality features including a *stellar* sound system and Intel's latest processors, the Dv7-4090ca defines the high-end Windows 7 portable market and does a fine job of replacing desktops, serving as a workhorse and entertaining its users."
• Apple iPad Air 32GB Wi-Fi (Adblocker 1Blocker)
• Samsung Galaxy Note with OLED display, with self-designed homescreen, built-in special battery (6800 mAh capacity for 3 days – the iPhone 8 only has 1800 mAh for 1 day), important widgets (cash balance, direct booking of expenses, music player with EQ, 2-week calendar with start date = today), self-designed lockscreen with address for finders, and partly self-designed icons. No case – the simple trick is to never drop the phone.
Mobile Music: Jabra Halo 2 + PowerAMP. For music downloads (Internet to Galaxy) @ 192 Kbps: Spotify + Replay Music.
Plus apps from "Google Play":
'Tasker', 'LauncherPro' (must have for customization), 'K-9 Mail', 'Google Keep' (Notes), 'Touch Calendar', 'File Manager' (the only good one on Android – must have), 'Andromedia Video Editor', 'Poweramp Music Player' (best player with directory playing), 'F-Stop' (best image viewer), 'Asti Media Player' (best video player with A/B loop function for presentations), 'Touchqode', 'WhatsApp Messenger', 'Zoner AntiVirus Free' (the best), 'Zattoo Live TV', 'Currency Converter', 'BaconReader' (must have as a Redditor), 'Visual Metronome', 'MIDI Drum Score Player', 'Tuner gStrings', 'Guitar Tabs', 'Smart Voice Recorder', 'My Piano', 'Songify', 'QR Code Reader', 'Finger Band', 'Color Grab', 'echo112' and 'My Tracks' + 'Google Earth' (useful when walking dogs), 'Call Recorder' etc.
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