My Setup

I’ve always loved to read MySetups and see what equipment, techniques and software others use. Let’s see if I can keep this updated.


I’m in the midst of wondering whether to continue with my Canon setup or to fully switch over to the small and light Oly micro 4/3. The 60D has great controls, great battery life, great resolution, but no in-body instabilization and no wifi. Yeah wifi on the camera is suprisingly useful for pulling out photos and also the Oly Android remote app is superb at remote handling, at the expense of battery life.

  • Canon EOS 450D DSLR Body
  • Canon EOS 60D DSLR Body
  • Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 non-vc
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens
  • Canon EF-S 50mm f1.8 lens
  • Canon 70-200mm f4L lens
  • brandless made in china remote
  • Benro Tripod with mount
  • Olympus OM-D EM-10 micro4/3 body
  • Olympus kit retractable lens


My main computer is the MBP r13 now. But I use lots of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 at work so that’s fair. Linux on some test boxes at home and for the online host, and I guess the RPi too. More and more stuff is done on the internet and cloud services, and even offloaded to the suprisingly useful Synology NAS now.

  • Macbook Pro Retina 13″ 2015 – light, portable, powerful, fast.
  • Macbook Pro 15″ 2009 – souped up with SSD, repaired, and still running.
  • IBM Thinkpad T43 – beautiful and sturdy laptop that has served me well, through tons of abuse and customization and teardowns.
  • Dell U2413 Ultrasharp 24″ IPS monitor – great colors, still works well
  • Logitech G402 mouse
  • Synology DS214 with 2x 3TB Western Digital NAS drives – costly but very useful in the built in download app, vpn connection, etc.
  • Asus N56U router – fancy and not as reliable as it looks, needs to restart once in awhile. Still pretty good.
  • TPLink router N750 TL-WDR4300 wireless router – super cheap and fairly respectable N speeds. Limited by the ISP anyway.
  • Chromecast – so useful, but wishing for an upgraded version with better speeds and hardware. The Nexus Player box does a nice ethernet link with chromecast capability but just a tad more hassle to boot up.
  • Raspberry Pi B – sometimes being a XBMC, sometimes a vpn router
  • Nexus Player developer box – console gaming just isn’t really my thing, and no netflix on it.
  • HTC Desire
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2012)
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
  • LG Nexus 5 (2013) – use it all the time. waiting for a 2015 version.
  • TPLink 8 port gigabit eco switch – cheap, does the job


  • Digital Ocean SSD virtual host with IPV4 and IPV6 – super fast host, cheap $5 a month for good speeds. local SG datacenter.
  • Ubuntu 13.xx
  • Blog running WordPress on Nginx – simple, reliable. Always wanting to upgrade to something more cool, but too much work to fix up a new theme that I’m happy with. also don’t like the ephemeral nature of other platforms. Not enough views to be investing so much time in this.
  • Sublime Text – fast and furious code editor
  • iTerm – OSX terminal replacement
  • iStats menu – OSX toolbar
  • VLC player – great video player
  • Wireshark – network analyzer
  • Android Studio
  • Genymotion – fast android emulator
  • Teamviewer – great remote meeting and remote control tool. Nice alternative to remote desktop
  • Google Keep – for quick notes on Android and web
  • Moom – OSX window snapping. life saver.
  • Github – public git repo
  • Bitbucket – private git repo
  • Private Internet Access – safe VPN for those times when it’s required. It’s cheap, no frills, highly configurable, allows a few concurrent logins, do not keep records.
  • Notepad++ – For all my scribblings on the computer. I love the autosave feature, I don’t have to worry about saving every single little text file.
  • Launcher – great windows search and launch

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