Welcome to this page of my constantly changing list of electronic devices, accessories and gear which I use on a regular basis.
I will try to keep this list as up to date as possible. This page with items is a good mix between the latest and greatest alpha geek stuff and rock solid items that survive the daily life of a modern nomad in the corporate jungle !
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Computers & Laptops
For work I use the Dell Precision M4700 with an excellent 15.6″screen featuring a resolution 1920 x 1080. The 32 GB of RAM are perfect for crunching numbers in Microsoft Excel.
A Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is my home laptop, that I use for most of the home-work I do. I prefer the smaller form factor, while enjoying the inking like I did on my Lenovo X60 9 years ago.
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is small and lightweight, but has a perfect curve and good support for my hands. When I’m working at home I prefer to use a Microsoft Touch Mouse, which use Bluetrack technology.
The Novatel Wireless MiFi 2352 is my best friend on the go, that keeps me connected all the time. With one power socket I can charge up to four devices simultaneously. A SKROSS World Travel Adapter 3 is a travel companion when I go abroad.
There is always more than one smartphone in my bag. An Android powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for private use and a Nokia Lumia for work.
All Windows Phone devices have a build-in Zune/Xbox Music player, however my preferred media player is the Microsoft Zune HD. The Microsoft Zune HD features 32GB of storage and has a ZAGG Invisible Shield screenprotector.
Software and services
The HP Elitebook 8540w is powered by Microsoft Windows 10. My Lenovo X60 tablet has been powered by Windows 7 Ultimate, but I switched to the Windows 8 (installation prepared with the Windows 7 DVD/USB Download tool).
Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 2010 are the preferred productivity suites on the computers and laptops. Microsoft Outlook connects to my Microsoft Office 365 account. Onetastic is addin for Microsoft OneNote supercharges my OneNote client. Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 is an extremely powerful calculator and perfectly integrates with Microsoft Office.
Ghisler Total Commander is an application I install on every Windows system. It is simply a Swiss army knife that features many helpful build-in tools. WinZip is my preferred application for file compression. PowerISO Virtual Drive Manager, adds a virtual DVD drive to your Windows machine. Now you can mount ISO-files, for example to install Microsoft Office.
Windows Live Essentials is another free must-have suite of useful applications. Skype is the preferred client for voice over ip and video calls and takes over the IM & chat functionality as well.
Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker are great for modifying pictures and video. Outlook Connector helps me to integrate my Outlook.com e-mail account into Microsoft Outlook 2010. Paint.NET is another great freeware picture editor, however at home I use Adobe Elements 8.0 to edit photo’s.
PDF Annotator is an amazing tool to annotate PDF-files, for example freehand pen comments, highlight like a text-marker, stamps, typed comments etc. PDFtk Pro is my preferred PDF Toolkit that perfectly complements Foxit PDF Reader.
Microsoft OneDrive helps me to keep files, folders, favorites and e-mail signatures in sync across different computers. FileZilla is my preferred FTP client to connect with the websites I manage.
Windows 10 features a default Snipping Tool, but I really enjoy WinSnap to take screenshots.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 S and Microsoft Kinect joined the living room about half a year ago. I’m not a hardcore gamer, but enjoy some relaxing playing games like Fabble III, Mass Effect, Halo Combat Evolved, Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports – Season Two.
I use a Madcatz Wired Microcon Racing Wheel when playing Forza Motorsport 4. I’ve recently added a Microsoft Xbox 360 320GB Media Hard Drive to the Microsoft Xbox 360 S. The Xbox 360 Chatpad & Headset helps me to type really fast on my Xbox 360 controller.
The Asus RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router is the heart of my home network. Excellent reach, great performance and loads of features and functionality. A Synology Disk Station DS207+ is my central device to store music, video and other important information. The Synology DS207+ is equipped with two 750GB Seagate Barracuda harddisks.
Photography and video
A Canon EOS 40D is my SLR Camera and is fitted with a Canon EF-S 18-200 mm/F3.5-5.6 IS lens.
I’m using Canon EOS M3 as my preferred point-to-shoot/system camera, and is fitted with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens on a Canon EF-EOS M Mount Adapter. So I can use the Canon EF-S lenses on the system camera from Canon.
I’m occasionally still using Canon IXUS 50 point-to-shoot camera with rainy weather conditions.
Bags and Gear Pouches
Waterfield is my preferred supplier of custom build sleevecases that keep all my current (and passed) laptops safe (Lenovo T61p, Lenovo X60 tablet, HP Mini 1000). Furthermore I use a Waterfield Medium Cable Guy and a Waterfield 7×10 Gear Pouche to keep all the cables and accessories organized.
A Quiver pen holder for Moleskine notebook keeps my pen and Moleskine notebook close together, so I don’t need to search through my bag to find a pen or pencil. The Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop can be used on notebook (or kitchen calendar) and is a little bit cheaper.
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Concluding thoughts and wrap-up
I’m aware of the fact that this overview includes a lot of information. However I hope it is helpful to readers who are looking for some rock solid gear, software or portable device.
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I will try to update and maintain this page on a regular basis. 🙂