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Cameron Walters

Cameron Walters

Software engineer (Apcera, Square, Domainr)

Who are you, and what do you do?

People call me Cameron, last name Walters. My initials are the genesis of my online identity in many places: cee-dub. Of course, different services have different username requirements, so I end up using @ceedub a lot, too.

By trade I'm a software engineer. Since 2005 or so, anyway. In that time I've been on the founding teams of Get Satisfaction and Square, and started my own small company, nb.io (best known for Domainr) with two good friends. I'm currently spending my work hours with a small crew of very smart people building a next-generation cloud platform at Apcera.

What hardware do you use?

I'm typing this on a 13" Retina MacBook Pro. I like to keep it pretty basic, as long as I have enough RAM. I hook it up to a 27" Thunderbolt display at the office to get code and a browser side by side. Pair this with an Apple extended keyboard and a Magic Trackpad on the desk and I'm set. If I work from home I just use it on my lap, which works out well because I love the crispness of the Retina display. I'm using this stuff to develop software that should be able to run on anything from your laptop to a huge compute cluster or a public cloud like EC2.

My home computer is a 1.5 year-old 13" MacBook Air, it's where I sync my iPhone and put my photos. Media at home runs on a pretty old Mac Mini and a 1080p Apple TV going to a 46" Samsung TV. I probably only watch 2-3 hours of programming a week.

My iPhone 4S is in my pocket so much that my jeans always have a rectangular mark from the corners. I also use an original iPad in the kitchen sometimes for recipes and such.

And what software?

I write code in Go using Sublime Text, run my programs and tests via iTerm 2 plus the lovely oh-my-zsh, keep code in Git repos and do almost everything else in Google Chrome (using multiple profiles to help keep multiple Google accounts separated). I'm writing this in iAWriter which is wonderful for removing distractions. I get most of my music through Rdio, both on a laptop and through their iOS app. My other music comes from RapGenius articles like this (hello, drama!).

What would be your dream setup?

Oh man, a way to keep my photos somewhere that doesn't suck (sorry, my external hard drive and Flickr aren't really good enough) so that I can go back and look at the best of them without having to do so much work to upload, edit, tag, blah blah blah.

I'd also enjoy a laptop as light as the 13" Air but with a Retina display. And can I get more RAM, please? VMs use a lot.