Brian Hendrix’s Mac setup
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Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Brian Hendrix, and I’m a U.S. Air Force veteran having served for eight years in the medical field in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. My father also served for 20 years. I also met my wife while serving — she was in the U.S. Army in military intelligence.
Being raised in the military and serving has definitely defined a lot of how I work and think. I am now a Senior Technical Engineer for Ascension Health (largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S.). I work on a national team so I’m 100% “work-from-home” and coffee house!
What is your current setup?
My day starts Windows 7 in Parallels on my left 27-inch screen, and I will work 10-12 hours taking care of emails, tickets, and servers for my out-of-state sites. The Windows 7 VM is a very basic setup using Office.
However, being a Mac fan, the right screen is reserved for everything non-work related. I’ll watch documentaries, movies, and videos during the day while I work and check personal email.
Some new applications I’m trying are Airmail 3 — I’m looking for something that is an improvement over Apple Mail. Another new app I’m really loving (and I’m part of beta team) is Atlas Recall. It essentially remembers everything I do and lets me search my past activities. Some new things coming with this app can literally let me get rid of Evernote and other similar apps.
As for “security”, I always have 3 backups: local, on-line, and offsite. For backups, I use:
- Local: Time Machine with Netgear NAS102 (RAID).
- Offsite: Hard drive attached via USB Hub with back ups performed via Carbon Copy.
- Online: Tresorit (zero knowledge) with synced “Hive” folder for all devices.
For Virus/Malware, I use Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. All disks and attached disks are encrypted.
For music, I use real vinyl played on a real record player that is cabled via USB and direct line to a Bose SoundLink III Bluetooth speaker.
For lack of a better word, I like to be semi-cluttered — I like everything to be within reach without being messy. I don’t like pristine, completely clear desktops!
Because my wife and I do a lot of auctions, I also like “smalls,” and if you saw the other 4 sides of the man cave, you’d see them!
Detailed list of gear in my office:
- Mac Mini (Late 2014) 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3, 1T Fusion Drive, macOS Sierra 10.12.5.
- 2 ASUS VS247 23.6-inch HD monitors
- Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD
- AmazonBasics 10 Port USB 3.0 Hub
- Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speakers
- Nobsound NS-08E Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier Mini Audio HiFi Stereo Headphone Amp
- Morecoo Multiple USB Charger with 60W 12A 6 port USB Charging Station
- Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station HDD/SSD with Cloner/Duplicator
- NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Network Attached Storage
- NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router
- Bitdefender BOX
- Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit (lighting behind monitors and overhead)
- Plantronics Savi 740 Wireless Headset
- Ion Audio Max LP 3-Speed Belt Drive Wooden DJ Turntable USB (connected to Mac Mini)
- LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Pro All-Terrain Storage 500GB SSD (portable for Mac Mini and MacBook Pro – Parallels VMs)
- New MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016)
- iPhone 7 Plus
Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?
My wallpaper is always personal photos I take myself. I’m an amateur photographer and take lots of photos.
What software do you use and for what do you use it?
- I “converted” to macOS and iOS about 2 years ago and will never go back to Windows. However, my work is Windows-based so I cheat by running a Windows 7 workspace in Parallels Desktop. It works so much better than Windows on a PC. I spend about 9-10 hours a day in Parallels.
- Airmail 3
- Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac (with Bitdefender BOX attached to router)
- Boom 3 for audio adjustments and control
- MacUpdate Desktop
- Carbon Copy Cloner (disk mirror/copy)
- LookUp (eye relief / stand / exercise reminder)
Editor’s note: It looks like LookUp is no longer available, so we recommend reading our review of the best pomodoro app for Mac and iOS for a similar solution.
- Tresorit (“zero knowledge” backups because privacy is important)
- LastPass password manager
- Private Internet Access VPN for secure connections
How would your ideal setup look and function?
The biggest issues I have is power and cable management. I’ve been lazy in cable management and just try to hide them well.
My man-cave (spare room) only has 4 power sockets on the 4 walls, so I have to use safe, high-end power strips.
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