Some bloggers probably have no qualms about just typing away at any computer and publishing blog posts at any time of the day. But there are some of us who have some habits or practices that we just can’t do without. Perhaps most would at least need to be using a certain piece of equipment or software in order to be productive when writing. Perhaps you need a big LCD screen? Or how about a netbook for portability and the ability to blog anywhere?
Ryan showed us his blogging rig a year back. Much like Ryan, I’m fond of a multi-computer setup. I like it how I can write an article on one computer, and then do research and reading (or chatting with colleagues) on another.
On my desk, my main work machine is my laptop, and in the periphery are my two netbooks.
I usually carry one netbook in my bag for those times when I need to get work done while out of my home office. As backup connectivity, and for away-from-office connectivity when outside of WiFi hotspots, I use my 3G/HSDPA modem. This runs on a prepaid account, so I don’t have to worry about needlessly paying for an unlimited account that I don’t usually get to use anyway (and sometimes the faster 3G/HSDPA signal is spotty so one has to settle down for slow GPRS).
When I need to get some graphics-related work done, I use my Mac Mini, which is attached to a reasonably-sized (19-inch) LCD screen.
And then there’s for those cases where I really need to get connected while mobile. I used to use my Nokia E51 exclusively, but when I got a SonyEricsson Xperia X1 for review, I’m finding myself using that one more often for writing emails, moderating comments, and even writing short posts while on the go.
Show us your blogging rig!
Now it’s time for you to share with us what your blogging rig looks like. Do share a bit why you like your blogging setup that way, and how it helps you be productive. Or perhaps, if you don’t feel your blogging rig is good enough, tell us how you’d like to change your blogging setup to help you blog better.
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Well, that’s a bit of a fancy title seeing as all I have is a 4 year old Fujitsu/siemens amilo laptop and a 3 year old Kodak camera!
great post, I especially found it useful where you stated….
It’s a black MacBook (top of pre-aluminum line). I just plugin a cheapy Dynex USB mouse and I’m good. I also use a 16GB iPod Touch (current model) for checking emails, comments, etc, when I can’t carry my laptop around with me.Emigrating so I’ve been using my mobile station where I go.I also use a 16GB iPod Touch (current model) for checking emails, comments, etc, when I can’t carry my laptop around with me.
Using a Thinkpad T61p on a logitech Alto with an external corded mouse. Emigrating so I’ve been using my mobile station where I go. Once I’m settled I’ll be getting the desktop and the 2×26″ monitors.
We’ll see. All dreams.
Nice setup on your side though.
You can see my blogging rig (Medblog Workstation) here:
Just a simple Mac Pro with apple cinema display (just 22 inches).
Other computers for gaming (3 of them, one linux box and 2 window$ boxes)
Take care Dr Shock
I do everything on a single MacBook Pro, except when I need to use Photoshop – then I have to trek over to the old PC. Yes, I realize that I’ve got it backwards and most people do their graphics on the Mac and everything else on the PC, but my Photoshop doesn’t run on Mac (something I hope to change in the very near future).
My workstation isn’t worth taking a pic of. It’s a black MacBook (top of pre-aluminum line). I just plugin a cheapy Dynex USB mouse and I’m good. I also use a 16GB iPod Touch (current model) for checking emails, comments, etc, when I can’t carry my laptop around with me. My desktop looks something like this: http://i35.tinypic.com/24l7cw9.jpg