John Holbrook

How I Compute

As a sort of a "warm-up" blog post, I thought I'd write a little about the computing equipment I use. Here it is, presented in no particular order. Links are to Amazon product pages where possible.


My desktop machine is a base model late 2012 Mac mini. This has a 2.5 GHz Ivy Bridge Core i5, and shipped with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. I've upgraded the machine with 8 GB of aftermarket RAM (for a total of 10GB) and a 240GB SanDisk Ultra II SSD. It's driving a pair of Dell 2407WFP-HC displays, each at a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. These are supported by a desk-mounted articulating stand, allowing me to minutely adjust the position of the displays. In terms of peripherals, I use an Apple Wired Keyboard and a Logitech Marathon Mouse M705. I also have an Apple Magic Trackpad, which is useful for when I bring the Mac mini downstaris to watch Formula One races on the television. At such times, I also make use of a Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard. I listen to audio from my computer using Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones. All this and more rests on a pair of Ergocraft Ashton L-shaped desks which I bought at steep discount from Staples.

Also on this desk is an Xbox 360 which is connected to one of the Dell displays via an active HDMI to VGA adapter with audio.


My laptop is a Late 2006 Black MacBook (model MA701LL/A). This has a 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (T7200), 2 GB of RAM, and a spinning hard drive of (I think) 200 GB. These days, I use it mostly for programming Vex robots using ROBOTC running under Windows 7 in Bootcamp.


My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 running CyanogenMod 11. In addition to this, I have an Asus/Google 2013 Nexus 7, which runs stock Android 5.1. Occasionally I use Panasonic RPTCM125K earbuds in conjunction with these devices.