Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Chris Finazzo. A communications guy by day and web technology nerd by night (and weekends). I go by @chrisfinazzo in the usual places online.

What hardware do you use?

Since 2007, I have almost exclusively used Apple computers and iOS devices. My primary machine these days is a 2013 15” Retina MacBook Pro. It’s mostly stock with the one exception being RAM (for obvious reasons). It’s fair to say that having an SSD has changed my computing life in ways that I can’t begin to describe. I still keep around the hard disk from a Dell Latitude D610 that I took to college for those rare instances when I need to need to do something with Windows.

I carry an iPhone 6 with me wherever I go. An iPad Air 2 fulfills my browsing and reading needs when I’m away from the laptop.

Storage and backup is handled through Time Machine and a combination of external drives. Today, Western Digital drives fill this role as they have proven to be resilient over the years.

My current router is a Linksys WRT 1900 AC. Although I try not to use it, any printing is done through a HP OfficeJet 6700 connected via Ethernet1 to the 1900AC.

And what software?

To the extent that I can, all writing and coding is done in BBEdit. I run this site using Jekyll and a combination of other scripts, mostly written in bash. Homebrew is my package manager of choice. Just in case, I still keep around a version of Gruber’s original Markdown script for those times when I need to transform something on the fly. All of this work is versioned using Git.

I browse the web using Safari and Chrome. Over time, I have learned to practice sane RSS usage.

On iOS, most of my time is spent in Instapaper, Mail, Reeder, and a constantly changing selection of games.

What would be your dream setup?

I have so many complaints about the tools I use that it’s absurd. That said, the biggest improvement I would want is a faster network connection. In an ideal scenario, this would be a wired connection for any computer and all other devices would use the fastest wireless connection that they support.

  1. Kids, ask your parents about Ethernet.