What I Use

I change my hardware about every year and the software changes on those devices all the time. I like to explore and learn about all types of Operating Systems on my free time. This is why I have created this site.


While I maintain a wide range of laptop computers for testing purposes, most of my day-to-day computing occurs on a small range of “core” machines.

Primary desktop PC

My desktop computer is a custom made NZXT Phantom black and orange full tower PC with a 3.5 GHz Core i7-4770K (fourth-gen Core “Haswell”) processor, 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256 GB Samsung SSD, a 3 TB 7200 RPM SeaGate Barracuda HDD, an NVIDA GTX6670 SC (with 4GB DDR5 RAM), and a ASUS DVD burner.

This PC is connected to a 26-inch BENQ GL2450-B display running at 1920 x 1080, a RAZER Deathstalker, Deathadder 2013 (I highly recommend both), and RAZER Kraken Pro Neon Orange headset (also recommended).

Primary notebook PC

NEW: My new notebook is a HP Elitebook 8560w. With the wife working at HP and getting this for a great price, I knew this machine would be perfect for me: It features a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor, an a 15-inch matte screen running at 1920 x 1080, 8 GB of RAM, a 750 GB HDD, and a decent back-lit keyboard. It weighs about 7 pounds. This currently runs Windows Server 2012 Datacenter as a test environment.


Do not have a tablet at this time.


I run all of my server for testing and use VMware or Hyper-V.

Portable devices

Smart phone

My current smart phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). It’s running One Call with a 2 GB/month tethering plan. Highly recommended, though the phone is outdated now.

MP3 player

I use an original (2010) Samsung Focus, which has been updated with 16 GB of additional storage (for a total of 24 GB) on the road as an MP3 player for music and podcasts.

eBook reader

I own both the Amazon Kindle Fire (base version, 2011), and Kindle Paperwhite. I use the Kindle Paperwhite more for reading.


NEW: I use an Amazon Kindle Fire (First Gen, 2011), which runs my Netflix and Chromecast

If you have any questions about my gear, please comment below.