Uses This

A collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done.

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Bo Adepoju

Silicon architecture engineer (Intel)

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Bo Adepoju. I work at Intel on chip goodness (specifically, power management firmware validation). Essentially I work on enabling devices to boot and reset at a chip level.

Computing excites me. I like to think of myself as a lifetime learner and tinkerer.

What hardware do you use?

Between work and distance learning graduate school @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I'm almost always glued to being in front of a computer. At home I use a Haswell 11-inch MacBook Air as my daily driver. I was hesitant using the 11-inch as my main machine at first having given up a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro when I moved to Portland from Southern California, but it has worked out admirably.

I have more tablets and phones than is probably healthy, I'm somewhat of a device collector (or maybe hoarder?). At home in the device vault I have an OG Droid, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, iPad 3, iPhone 5, Dell Venue 8 Pro, Google Glass and no less than 3 laptops (excluding the MacBook Air) accrued over the course of undergraduate life. I don't use all of these, but it's fun to grab an older device to play with every once in a while.

At work I must admit, I have an HP tanker (a tanker with good specs no less, but still a tanker). Luckily, my physical device is mostly irrelevant because it usually simply serves as a gateway to all-powerful server magic.

I just recently bought a Haswell-E i7-5960X and am very ready to put those 8-cores to use @ home with a crazy PC build. I'm building a gaming PC centered on the X99 chipset and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 (I'm thinking 2x in SLI). If you check back with me soon I should have this complete and be happily plugging away at League of Legends and the like at a-bazillion FPS.

I have several microcontroller boards lying around my place. The ones I have from undergraduate days (8051, LPC2148), and an Arduino Uno are doing nothing at the moment, but I do have an Intel Galileo hooked up to Philips Hue at home with the sole purpose of strobing lights (personal light show)!

And what software?

I'm a big Linux KDE user and spend a lot of time in Kate (and sometimes vim). I also rely on Sublime Text. C, C++, Ruby. I'm learning even when I think I've fully escaped from Matlab, but it'll never actually happen.

I use Spotify all day long and usually have TweetDeck displayed on a vertical monitor at work.

What would be your dream setup?

I think I'm mostly at a good spot with what I use today, but contributing to my dream setup will definitely be the gaming PC I'm working on now! With a 4K monitor, mechanical keyboard and all that jazz. And having more microcontrollers. You can never have too many microcontrollers.