Kristof Kovacs

Software architect, consultant

My commando gear

Apple MacBook Air

I love Apple's hardware for it's stability and it's resilience. I love OS X because while it has a beautiful and very usable GUI, it takes only one button to reach into its foundations (Terminal.app is on F2 for me), where I can summon the full power of unix to get things done effectively.

Spare: Another notebook with Lubuntu.

35MB Internet connection

My main pipe. Quite reliable. I love it.

Spare: Fast LTS mobile net.

iPhone & iPad

Surprisingly, the iPhone is much closer to a notebook than to a phone. Not only I have full web access from everywhere, I can also read and reply email. There are tools for monitoring servers and even for SSH-ing into them to start or check on jobs and scripts.

Spare: An Android phone.

Paper notebook

Often the right thing to do in solving a problem is to put a little distance between it and us. Having a bird's eye view of the bigger picture usually offers solutions that were invisible earlier.

At times like this it's good to go to a park or a teahouse armed only with some papers and a pen, and let the mind do what it does best. Scribbling. Brainstorming. Drawing mock-ups. Sketching. Spilling the subconscious onto a paper. Then going back to the computer, and writing it.

Spare: Note-taking and mind-mapping applications on the iPad. :)

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