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, fast, lots of RAM, 12 USB plugs, drives 3 monitors, WLAN, professional soundcard.
|—System:||Intel Core i7 Quad Core 3.9 GHz, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD, Win10 Pro 64|
|—Monitors:||2 x EIZO FlexScan (High-End test winner)|
|—Graphics:||2 x NVIDIA Quadro FX380 (for 4 Monitors)|
|—Soundcard:||X-Fi Elite Pro (professional soundcard)|
|—Internet:||600 Mbit/s, UPC Connect 600 (Speedtest)
|—Keyboard:||Logitech Illuminated Keyboard|
|—Mouse:||Logitech M590 Silent Mouse (best I ever had)|
|—Audio:||Tascam US (for music instruments)|
|—Speakers:||Alesis studio/nearfield speakers (why?)|
|—Lighting:||Two full-spectrum daylight lamps|
|—Gamer Chair:||Sportsitz "TURBO", flip-up armrests to play guitar|
My dual-screen desktop is very organized. Important programs are grouped by type of use (Internet, Programming software, Design, Projects etc.). Current tasks are shown in a simple to-do list. Current project files are in red folders.
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.
• "Google CHROME". I added a few useful extensions:
"Web Developer", "LiveReload(!)", "Super-Cache", "Responsive Web Design Tester", "Stands AdBlocker", "Network Sniffer", "Note Anywhere", "Full Page Screen Capture", "devLens", "ColorZilla", "Font Changer with Google Web Fonts" etc.
...plus Firefox Quantum (very good, many extensions), Safari (good), IE (bad), Edge (crap).
• "Eclipse" (this has become my favorite code editor, with many extensions)
"Atom" (this is my second favorite code editor, with extensions and GitHub)
"XAMPP" (local Apache webserver with the current PHP version 7.4)
"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)
"ShareX" (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 Producer" 64bit
Part of the Homerecording Setup: Tascam US, AKG K702 Studio headphones, Studio Monitors, Variax guitar, Bass Maniac, M-Audio Keyboard, Addictive Drums 2 (Snare = Tama Rimshot, Kick = Pearl Floortom, Hihat = Zildjian A) + BopPad + DSP Trigger, Antonov ST guitar, Pianoteq, Sweetcase EP, Modo bass, DVS guitar, SaxLab, Simple Flute, Embertone sax, NI Session Strings.
For mixing + mastering: iZotope Ozone + MixChecker Pro.
♬ Example Tracks
OTHER DESKTOP SOFTWARE
SPECIAL ONLINE SOFTWARE
"BrowserStack" (quickly check a website in different browsers)
"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."
• iPad Air
• Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
With important widgets (cash balance, direct booking of expenses, music player with EQ, 2-week calendar with start date = today), and a self-designed lockscreen with address for finders.
Accessories: Baseus Qi 'Wireless Fast Charger', Samsung 'Protective Standing Cover' case, and 'Jabra Halo 2' wireless headphones.
Plus apps from "Google Play":
'Samsung Internet Beta Browser', 'Tasker', 'K-9 Mail', 'SwissCovid', 'Google Notes', 'Touch Calendar', Musicolet Music Player, 'DateTad', 'F-Stop Image Viewer', 'Touchqode', 'WhatsApp Messenger', 'Zoner AntiVirus Free', 'Zattoo Live TV', 'Currency Converter', 'Visual Metronome', 'MIDI Drum Score Player', 'Tuner gStrings', 'Guitar Tabs', 'Smart Voice Recorder', 'My Piano', 'Songify', 'Finger Band', 'Color Grab', 'EchoSOS' 'My Tracks', 'Call Recorder' etc.
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