zobie's blog I create software, I like music, and I'm mildly(?) OCD.

28Jan/09

My Development Environment

Last month I found something new on Facebook, it's called Puzzle Master. I don't know for certain, but Puzzle Master seems to be run by Facebook (the corporation) as a way to find new development talent.

When I first discovered Puzzle Master the running contest was:

To enter the contest, upload to our fan photo album, a screenshot of your desktop and development environment (including as many editors and tools as you can, and your desktop wallpaper) along with a short essay of 250 words or less explaining why and how you use it.

I don't generally participate in this type of contest but I always find it interesting to see how other developers work. There were some cool prizes available and not many entrants so I decided to upload a screenshot of my desktop.

I was disappointed because the picture was scaled down so much that the apps were indistinguishable. So, I decided that it might be fun to do a few posts on my development environments.

First up... my physical setup!

My Desk
The picture is a link to flickr where I've attached some notes to the image.

  • MacPro (2 x 2.66GHz Dual-core Xeon) with 8 GB and ~2.5 TB
  • Two 24" Dell monitors, both at 1920x1200
  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • VMWare Fusion running XP SP3

This is my home office but my work setup is similar. At work my MacPro is 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-core. It has 12 GB memory and a single 500 GB disk. Maybe I'll try to update this post later with a picture of my desk at work.


Update:
Here's my desk at work!

My Desk at Work

23Apr/08

I Found Myself in a Dark Wood

Dante, Inferno, Canto I:

In the middle of our life journey I found myself in a dark wood. I had wandered from the straight path. It isn't easy to talk about it: it was such a thick, wild and rough forest that when I think of it my fear returns.... I can't offer any good explanation for how I entered it. I was so sleepy at that point that I strayed from the right path.

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17Apr/08

Are you a member of the DNRC?

I nearly fell out of my seat laughing when I read this Dilbert post:

Researchers have discovered that people who are incompetent generally lack the knowledge that they are incompetent.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/01/18/MN73840.DTL

This lack of self-awareness is the glue that holds democracy together.

It is all the more funny because I mostly agree!