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My Office Space: January – November 2016

There have been episodes in the past years where I changed my primary hardware configuration, literally, every month. But for the past 11(!) months nothing much has changed to my hardware setup, but — with a new month up ahead and almost having finished all Options4ALL empowered projects — there is a change of requirements coming from coding / webdevelopment, to more multimedia and marketing.

Anyway, let’s have a look what made everything that’s about to surface all possible. As there many people who think I have a powerhouse of a setup … and I do in a sense; as everything is tweaked for maximum performance and effectiveness through software customizations. Hardware wise? You’ll be amazed though.

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My Office Space: January – November 2016


My Primary Workstation setup

HP Elitebook 2560p

  • CPU: i5-2520m upto 2.7GHz
  • Chipset:
  • RAM: 16GB Crucial Mac memory
  • HDD: replaced default 250GB 7200rpm by Sandisk Ultra 960GB
  • WiFi: replaced Intel by Broadcom (#hackintosh compatible)
  • ODD: DVD+/-RW
  • Connectivity: 2xUSB2.0 + 2xUSB3 @ Renesas PCcard, 1x 1Gbit LAN, 1x RJ45 modem
  • Webcam: 720p

Most of the time it’s docked in a HP Dockingstation: 1x VGA, 2x USB

KVM setup

Keyboard: Macally ICEkey 
Mouse: Microsoft Mouse 6000 v1.0 USB wired

Operating Systems


Apple iPhone 4S 32GB

With IOS9.

Apple iPad WiFi 32GB

Yes, this is the first iPad ever released. It’s not the best and thus crashes often during browsing the web from Safari or Feedly, however it’s perfect for watching YouTube videos from bed (for doing research or self education). And watching offline content thanks to Softroni’s Waltr. Moreover to make quick notes and sync it through iCloud / Gmail notes.

My iPad Accessories

  • Belkin Leather Sleeve
  • Extra Long charger cable
  • Travel kit

Local Area Network (LAN) + WiFi Setup

My entire home has 1GBit LAN ethernet. 

‘0nd floor’

  • Internet provider: Ziggo
  • Downstream: 150Mbit
  • Upstream: 15Mbit

Provided through cisco EPC3925 EuroDocsis (download PDF manual) with 4x1Gbit LAN.

1st floor

  • LAN connection downstairs
  • Router: D-Link 868L


Web servers

Virtual Private Server

  • Hoster: TransIP
  • CPU: 2-8core Xeon instances, 4GB RAM
  • HDD: 
  • OS: Linux Ubunte 12.04 LTS

1GBit uplink

Email ‘server’

Whereas I know a lot about webservers, email servers? Ain’t my cup of tea. Thus to prevent Hillary Clinton’s problems. I use a shared hosting account of the Dutch SolidHosting.NL ti handle all my email.


About Earnie Rhyker

tech pioneer | intellectual BadAss | ethical lifehacker | WordPress Developer & Polyglot | information activist | blogger | added value services provider | multimedia enthusiast | senior linux server administrator | geek | bitcoin investor | laptop entrepreneur | open source contributor | hackintosh fanatic | charity donator | accredited top MLM networker & internet marketer 2014-2016 @ BFH | digital expat

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