Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on September 24th, 2013

Tools Tuesday: My Hardware [Ben's Productivity Podcast]

Find out what tools Ben, CEO of Volacci, uses on a daily basis

This is the first podcast in a new series called "Tools Tuesday" where I talk to you about some of the tools I use and how I use them. In today's foundational podcast,  I'm going to tell you a bit about the hardware that I use as part of my daily workflow.

Welcome to the podcast; I want to talk to you a little bit today about the tools that I use. This is going to be the first episode in a series that I'm calling "Tools Tuesday" where I talk about the different tools and things that I use to make my life better and more efficient. This is kind of a foundational podcast; I'm going to take the full two minutes, I'm going to tell you about some of the hardware that I have but I'm not going to really tell you how I use it. But I do need to let you know that this is what I use so that in future episodes you'll know what I'm talking about. So my hardware setup: I use a Mac Book Air and I absolutely love it. It's light, it slips into anything, and sometimes I just carry it without a case at all. When I'm at the office, I connect my Air to a big Apple Cinema display and I seem to be able to get a lot more work done when I have more screen real estate. But when I'm at home, I don't even bother because I'm just moving around so much and I'm so mobile. Also at the office I have an external trackpad from Apple, I'm not even sure what it's called, but it's the big silver one and I've got a Microsoft split keyboard that I've had for probably a decade. And I love that split keyboard because I feel like I can type faster on it and I just get less fatigued when I'm typing on that big split keyboard. I carry an iPhone 5 and I'm kind of a gadget junkie and I always got to have the latest and greatest iPhone and I love the iPhone 5. The bigger screen real estate is just really helpful to me. For my podcast, I am using the Yeti USB microphone; I know that there are more expensive microphones out there but I find the Yeti to be just fine and then I have a stand for it, I've got the little cover for it to keep my voice sounding right (I don't even know what they're called) but I've got all that stuff going too. I use just the regular old Apple earbuds when I'm recording my podcast, but when I'm running around, I use the LG HBS 730 Bluetooth headset which will connect both to my iPhone and to another device at the same time which I just love. For my personal life I also have an iPad and I really only use it for reading and consuming content; I don't do a lot of work on it but I also carry a FitBit and I'm sure I'll talk about that more on a future episode. So, a little bit long today but that's it and if you have any questions about those, feel free to shoot me an email, thanks.

Ben Finklea, CEO Volacci

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