Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Kenneth Reitz. I'm a minimalist that loves APIs, web services, elegant design, and Python.
What hardware do you use?
I spend most of my time working on a quad-core i7 15" MacBook Pro. It's the only computer I use, for both work and play. Using a single machine for everything is a bit of a pipe dream for me — I maintained a crazy cluster of computers in college.
It has 16GB of RAM and 1.25TB of storage. 250GB is provided by an Intel 520 SSD and 1TB is provided by a Western Digital HDD mounted in the optical bay with an OptiBay.
Most of the time I use my machine in a desktop configuration, hooked up to a 27" Apple Cinema display with a Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro 2 and Razer Naga. It sits atop an Ikea Galant desk while I sit atop an Ergohuman Mesh chair.
I scribble notes and mindmaps in a Moleskine Large Soft Squared notebook with the incredible Rotring 800 mechanical drafting pencil.
I need music to get work done. I'm typically listening to KRK Rokit G2 monitors sourced from the fantastic Apogee Duet 2 DAC. At night, depending on what I'm listening to, I'm either using my open Grado Labs 325i or closed Bower & Wilkins P5 headphones.
I also love to making music. My favorite piece of hardware is definitely my Teenage Engineering OP-1 portable synthesizer. I take it with me everywhere I go. It's one of the best interfaces I've ever seen. For my home studio, I use a MicroKORG as a MIDI controller and a Monome Greyscale 64. I use a Blue Yeti condenser mic for podcasts.
I travel around with an Incase Coated Canvas Shoulder Bag and Boa Squeeze backpack. If I want to have my iPad, Kindle, and Moleskine with me while leaving the laptop, I throw everything into the tremendously portable Tumi Alpha Small Leather Flap Body Bag.
I love photo-journalistic and available light photography. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II, paired with the 35mm f/1.4L, 50mm f/1.2L, 85mm f/1.2L, and 135mm f/2L. I also carry the fanatically small Fujifilm x100 with me everywhere I go. I use a Wacom Intuos 4 for editing photos.
I tell the time with a Mondaine Swiss Railway watch.
And what software?
My websites, services, and apps are hosted on Heroku.
I write articles with iA Writer, keep track of my task list with Things CloudSync, email with Sparrow, manage travel itineraries with Tripit Pro, tweet with Tweetbot and Twitter.app, launch apps with Alfred, share files with CloudApp, mindmap with MindNode, keep notes with OneNote and Evernote, save websites with Pinboard, read subscriptions with Reeder, read long-form content with Instapaper, crunch numbers with Soulver, chat with Textual, draw with Paper, and record screencasts with ScreenFlow.
I sequence music with Ableton Suite, Renoise, and a few Native Instruments synths: mostly Razor, Massive, and FM8. I master samples and tracks with Cool Edit Pro… er, Adobe Audition via an Adobe Create Cloud subscription.
What would be your dream setup?
I wish the Microsoft Courier were real. OneNote is an incredible note-taking platform, and I'd love to see it really shine in a dedicated device.
I want Fujifilm to make a full frame version of the x100 with a 35mm lens, excellent battery life, fast AF, and insane low-light capabilities.
Otherwise: No wires. More bandwidth. More memory. More disk space. More pixels. Infinite battery life.