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?
One of the two devices which go with me everywhere is, of course, my mobile phone -- an LG Nexus 4. The other is my FitBit Ultra, keeping a track of my movements and sleep patterns.
My everyday computer is a mid-2012 13" Macbook Air and for work I use a late 2009 iMac 27" with an Apple Magic Trackpad (bought mainly so my daughter can use the machine).
I prefer to take photos on my Panasonic Lumix LX5 (with an EyeFi card) but it's not always practical to carry everywhere so I also use the camera on my phone a lot.
When I feel like reading I peruse articles and books on my Kindle 3.
I'm currently travelling to the Netherlands for work on a weekly basis and to ensure I have Internet connectivity I also carry a Huawei E5331 portable WiFi device. So far it seems reliable and very unobtrusive.
Any and all of this is slung over my back in a Brenthaven Prostyle™ Slimpack.
For media consumption I have a mid-2007 Mac Mini running XBMC 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, Mac Mini and XBMC I use the awesome Logitech Harmony 600 universal remote. I cannot recommend these remotes enough.
One extra item I want to mention is my wallet, an Exentri tri-fold. It's a brilliant wallet with easy access to cards and cash. There are a few copy-cat models out there for slightly cheaper (I got mine free as a promotional gift from a supplier).
And what software?
All the Macs run Mountain Lion 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 Skype or CoRD (and VirtualBox for any Windows nonsense). Alfred replaces Spotlight and enables clipboard history -- as well as a host of other functionality (it's great for those who love keyboard shortcuts). iStat Menus keeps me informed of what my machines are up to.
I have Project Prey installed in the event that either of my phone or laptop are lost or stolen.
Taking photos out-and-about with a proper camera is a cinch with the Android Eye-Fi app on my phone; it downloads the photos from the camera and uploads them automatically to SmugMug, which is where all my photos are stored.
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. On the home theatre front, Remote Buddy is installed to achieve great compatibility with XBMC.
Python is my language of choice but I also dabble in C, BASH (and Bourne shell), PHP, and Java (for Android development). All recent code is kept on GitHub.
My browser of choice is, of course, Google Chrome loaded with my favourite plugins: Lastpass, DeskSMS, Chrome to Phone, and AdBlock Plus.
I have tried to move my working set of software into the Cloud. All my website passwords are random and tracked in Lastpass; I use either of di.fm, Last.fm, or Google Music for listening to music; Google Apps is used for Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Docs -- all backed up with Backupify; Wunderlist is for my to-do list; and Readability for tl;dr functionality (with articles sent to my Kindle).
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.