John Holbrook

Setup/Equipment Overview

Because everyone has to hame a "setup tour"


My primary computer is a "Mid 2015" 15 inch MacBook Pro (model MJLT2LL/A), with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB of memory, and a 512 GB SSD. I have nothing against Windows as an operating system or most PC laptops, but my requirements for a laptop include something reasonably light, with a solid chassis, great keyboard and trackpad, and the ability to run a UNIX-like OS out of the box. The only non-Apple system I'm aware of that meets these requirements is the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, but it isn't really cheaper than equivalent MacBooks, I want something a little bigger than 15 inches, and I prefer macOS to Ubuntu anyway. I do run Windows on the MacBook from time to time, to do the few things I can't do under macOS.


My cell phone is a 64 GB Space Grey iPhone 6S. I usually use this in comjunction with an Apple leather case, though I also own an inexpensive waterproof case for use as necessary. I also own (though rarely use) an LG Nexus 5X, which I purchased discunt on eBay with the (hopefully still ongoing) plan to write a FaRCX Android app.


I run a couple of servers at home: One, on old HP desktop, runs FaRCX. The other is a late 2012 Mac mini (the same detailed in my previous setup article) which I use for various personal purposes, including as a Plex server and to run various scripts. Both machines run Ubuntu Server, 14.04 LTS on the FaRCX machine and 16.04 LTS on the Mac mini.