What I Use

Here is a somewhat infrequently updated list of products and services I use.


  • Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with 4GB RAM, Intel Core i7-2637M (1.7GHz) with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 10 is default and every now and then I use Firefox (updated to latest version)
  • Email: Outlook 2013 (with Exchange 2010 at work)
  • Other: Office 2013, Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, Tweetdeck web (web.tweetdeck.com), McAfee All Access: McAfee Total Protection. I have started using Skype as my desktop IM client because a lot of people at work are using it, and it works quite well as a VoIP client. Newsblur is my RSS reader of choice.


  • New PC: Lenovo IdeaCenter A720 27″ All In One (fully loaded, including a TV tuner card and HDMI in), with Windows 8 Pro.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 10 is the only browser I use on the Lenovo.
  • Email: Office365 Small Business/Professionals plan.
  • Other: Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Paint.NET are the only desktop applications I use. Office 2013 via TechNet, but considering moving to Office 365 Home Premium. Many Windows Store apps installed on the Metro side for fun and work.
  • Dell Inspiron 15R (used to be hooked up via HDMI to my Denon AVR 2310-CI and therefore to my TV, but of late, the Xbox does the job quite well for media consumption).
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 10.
  • Other: Until I got the Lenovo, this PC used to be for TurboTax, Quicken, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, etc., but my use of all of those on this PC has gone down. May use TurboTax this year on the PC, but have given up Quicken for mint.com.
  • My phone: Nokia Lumia 920 unlocked/unbranded.
  • Two iPad 2s, both 16GB, WiFi-only models.
  • Surface with Windows RT recently purchased. Works quite well as an iPad replacement (so far), except for pending connectivity by IT to my work Exchange.
  • Apple TV v2, which is also hooked up to the TV via the Denon.
  • Mac mini, which has been disconnected and is collecting dust.
  • iPod Touch 4th (?) gen: Shockingly, my podcast player of choice.
  • HP Proliant MicroServer with Windows 8 Pro, serves as my media server and backup server.
  • Crashplan premium service backs up my “home server” on a daily basis.
  • Linksys WRT-610N wireless router.

Updated on 04/09/2013

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