Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Scott Wallace and I'm a hacker at heart. This means that I love technology and messing about with it until it does what I want it to -- not the other way around. I'm a "contracting IT Systems Engineer". I like to think that I specialise in automation but it's really just scripting myself out of work. I'm essentially a mercenary and will work for the highest bidder. My main area of expertise lies around the Internet and web technologies.
What hardware are you using?
When travelling, to ensure I have Internet connectivity, I carry a Huawei E5331 portable WiFi device with a local data SIM thrown in the back. So far it seems reliable and very unobtrusive. To reduce the amount of charging equipment required I also take an EasyAcc 25W 5 port USB charger with me.
Any and all of this is slung over my back in a 5.11 Rush 12 backpack.
For media consumption I have a Raspberry Pi 2 and a Google Chromecast hooked up to a 40" Samsung Series 8 LED TV. All the media is loaded onto a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra-4 with enough space to last well into the future. To control the TV and Kodi I use the awesome Logitech Harmony 600 universal remote. I cannot recommend these remotes enough. The living room also houses a Sonos Play:5 for streaming music and Sonos Play:1s in the dining room and kitchen.
And what software?
All the Macs run Yosemite and content is kept in sync with Google Drive. I always have an instance of Terminal, enhanced with HomeBrew, running and work wouldn't be the same without HipChat or Hangouts (and VirtualBox for any Windows nonsense). Alfred 2 replaces Spotlight and enables clipboard history -- as well as a host of other functionality (it's great for those who love keyboard shortcuts). f.lux is a must-have for those who have trouble falling asleep at night.
Video transcoding on the desktop is handled by Handbrake whilst Flexget, a kick-ass piece of software, keeps all my media automatically up-to-date. The Raspberry Pi runs OpenELEC (Linux + Kodi) and HDMI-CEC (Samsung Anynet+) handles input from the remote.
I have tried to move my working set of software into the Cloud. All my website passwords are random and tracked in 1Password synchronised via BitTorrent Sync; I use either of di.fm or Google Play Music for listening to music; Google Apps is used for Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Docs and Tasks; and Pocket for "tl;dr" functionality.
And last, but certainly not least, FreeAgent helps me out with all the paperwork for my company (invoicing, taxes, timesheets, accounts, etc.).
What would be your dream setup?
A simple, light but fast computer that has access to the Internet from anywhere and acts as a WiFi-hotspot, even when closed. My mobile phone would be a combination of a PAN, the laptop and my watch. All powered with nuclear batteries. I'd also really love there to be a single movie and TV streaming service that provided all the world's content to anyone with a subscription and Internet access.
I'd also love an adjustable height desk such as the Geek Desk.