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I use two computers, and a couple of tablets. My computing is pretty task-oriented. I have my Macbook Pro for work, and a gaming rig I built myself.
My primary work machine is a 2017 Retina MacBook Pro. It was a near fully loaded machine when I bought it with 2.8 GHz Core i7, 16 gigs of RAM, Radeon Pro 560 and half a terabyte of storage. I should’ve opted for the full terabyte.
My gaming rig is based on a 7th generation Intel Core i5-7400. It has 16 gigs of RAM, an Geforce 1070Ti for graphics, a Geforce 1050Ti for PhysX and one terabyte of NVMe SSD storage as well as two terabytes of regular old crummy spinning platter storage.
It’s housed in Coolermaster Masterbox 5 Lite case.
Both rigs are connected through a KVM switch, that allows me to quickly switch between my gaming rig and my work rig. Through this device they share a number of peripherals.
For audio I have a set of Logitech MX speakers, and a Logitech G403 headset for when that is needed. I have a Samson Meteorite USB microphone. Input is via a Logitech Craft keyboard, a Logitech MX Master 2S mouse and a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium tablet.
For the rare occasions when I stream the games I’m playing I have an Elgato Stream Deck. That is hooked up directly to my gaming rig, though I could probably find some fun things to use the shortcuts system for on the Mac, as well.
My primary display is an Acer Predator X34. It has a 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution and 100% sRGB color coverage.
I alo have a secondary display hooked up to the Mac. That’s a Dell UP2516D, running a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution.
Network connectivity is handled by a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X and two Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR hotspots. It’s a bit overkill, but learning to configure and manage a Ubiquiti based network opened up a few work opportunities.
I also have a Synology DS1815+ NAS loaded up with enough storage to last me a good while. The Synology box also serves as a private Dropbox alternative, because those guys can’t be trusted.
Finally I have a Dell PowerEdge T30 SoHo server. It’s decked out with a Xeon E3-1225V5 at 3.3 GHz, 16 gigs of ECC RAM (it can run up to 64 gigs, so there’s room to grow). This also has enough storage to last me a good while. I use this box as my homelab, running Proxmox. This runs my Ubifi controller for the hotspots, and a variety of test and development boxes.
For the past year I’ve been living in Malta. I joined FRVR as a Release Engineer, and helped shape the production pipeline of a ton of fun mobile games. It’s been an amazing adventure and I’ve learned so much in the last year.
Honestly, if my moving to Malta was only about the job, I’d stay. In a heartbeat.
From the coworkers, to the job itself, to what we’re building and the trails we’re, ahem, blazing it’s been an absolutely ridiculous rollercoaster ride.
But unfortunately, Malta is an incredibly tiny country. That doesn’t leave room for subcultures and niches, and I’ve haven’t had any luck creating a network or finding friends outside of work. So while the 8-10 hours a day at the office have been amazing, it’s the last hours of the day that broke the camels back, so to speak.
That is not to say that the year has been bad. It hasn’t. Not by a long shot.
A lot of friends have come to visit, and many crazy adventures have been had. And oh my god, so much good food. But now it’s time to go home.
The FRVR Adventure
When I joined FRVR a little over a year ago, the company was tiny. It was basically just Chris, Brian and Anna, plus a few freelancers. The office in Mellieha was a tiny concrete box, where we were able to somehow cram in four desks and ultimately four people.
Today it’s a company of 26 and growing, with offices in London, Beijing and Seville … and, of course, Malta. It’s been incredible to be able to a part of kicking this thing off the ground, and I am super excited to see where this madness ends up.
Hjem til Århus
In about two weeks the moving company will come and load up all my meager belongings, and ship them back to Denmark. Specifically I’ll be returning to Århus. I’ve found a lovely flat in the heart of the city (in the so-called “Latin Quarter“).
I’ve lived in Århus for most of my adult life, and while I can’t be sure, it feels like it was mistake when I took a job in Copenhagen and moved there.
So now I return to where I feel at home. Where some of my best friends are. To movie nights, warm embraces and friday night cocktails.
Goodbye sunshine, hello snow
It’s not like I’m not going to miss Malta. It’s an island that’s incredibly easy to fall in love with. The weather is amazing, the food is great and almost anywhere you look the ocean is there.
The people are warm and friendly (if you’re white), and while their relaxed disposition to just about anything can at times be incredibly infuriating, it is also incredibly helpful in removing stress. Once you’ve acclimatised, that is.