About Tech

Provided below are answers to some basic questions with the intent for you to better learn about me. Feel free to ask me anything that you want by clicking Ask Me Anything in the sidebar.

Custom Gaming PC - "r0gue0ne"

Here are the main specs (full info can be found here.):

Case: NZXT H700i
CPU: Intel i9-9900KF
GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (2x16GB) @ 3600MHz
PSU: Corsair RM850x
Storage: 2TB Samsung Evo Plus NVME SSD, 2x1TB HDD in RAID 0 configuration

Accessories and peripherals used with my PC include:
--- Audio Technica ATH-M50XWH Headphones
--- Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
--- Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse
--- Elgato Stream Deck
--- Helicon GoXLR Mixer
--- Logitech G533 Speakers
--- Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller (in blue)
--- Logitech G29 Racing Wheel with H-Shifter
--- TrackIR Head Tracking System
--- NZXT Puck (in blue)
--- 2 LG 27" 4K60 Monitors

2020 Apple M1 Mac Mini (Editing) - "macr0"

As a successor to my 2017 MacBook Pro, I picked up the 2020 M1 Mac Mini in 2021. Named "macr0", it handles video editing in Final Cut Pro, vector graphic design in Adobe Illustrator CC, as well as finalizing graphics in Adobe Photoshop CC. And by handle, I mean it. The M1 chip features an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. I have mine spec'd on the low-end. I chose to go with 8GB of RAM, and it's clear I don't need more. I decided on 256GB of flash storage, because I use an external HDD RAID configuration for editing videos, and mostly everything else that I do is stored in Adobe's Creative Cloud, as well as iCloud. The Mac Mini also features 2 Thunderbolt-3/USB-4 ports, 2 USB-3.1 (Gen. 2) ports, a 1Gb/s Ethernet port, HDMI output, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It runs the latest version of macOS, which is currently Monterey.

I currently have my M1 Mac Mini paired to a macOS-oriented bluetooth keyboard, as well as an Apple Magic Mouse 2. Accessories include my 8TB (2x4TB) G-RAID in a RAID 0 configuration, and my pair of AirPod Pros.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Following the success of the Apple iPhone 11, I decided in March 2020 to upgrade to the Apple 12 Pro Max. Running on Apple's iOS 15.4, it's smooth, fast, and just an amazing mobile operating system, overall. The device itself features a 6.7" display with minimal bezels and a jam-packed notch featuring a front facing TrueDepth camera, speaker, proximity sensor, and more. The Super Retina XDR display keeps blacks black, and the screen is vivid with bright colors and bright whites. The speakers are powerful and don't distort at maximum volume. Some more specs include Apple's A14 Bionic chip, Ceramic Shield glass, a stainless steel frame, IP68 water resistance, 5G, MagSafe, and so much more.

Moving on to the rear cameras, let's take a look at the ultra-wide, first. We have a 5-element lens with 13mm focal length, 120º field of fiew, ƒ/2.4 aperture, and lens correction. The wide-angle camera has a 7-element lense with 26mm focal length, 1.7 µm pixels, ƒ/1.6 aperture, 100% Focus Pixels, and Sensor-shift Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The 6-element telephoto lens has 65mm focal length, ƒ/2.2 aperture, and OIS. Lidar, Dolby Vision recording, Smart HDR 3, incredible night mode, and ProRAW are all incredible features that are included, and all work with the front-facing TrueDepth camera.

My social apps include Discord, Ello, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Reddit. Utility apps include Speedtest, my choice of two-factor authentication app, and LIFX. Apple Music, YouTube, Xfinity Stream, and Paramount+ are my current picks for entertainment.

All in all, my time with this new device has been awesome, and I'm definitely excited to put the camera through its paces. Vlogs will be coming to my YouTube channel again, and I'm hoping my iPhone will be the main source of recording for those.

My current accessories for my iPhone 12 Pro Max include a pair of AirPod Pros, Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm), and Belkin's 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe, which snaps on nicely and stays attached to my Apple MagSafe clear phone case.

2021 Apple M1 iPad Pro (12.9")

I recently got myself the 2021 Apple iPad Pro in Space Gray. Some specs include Apple's powerful M1 chip (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine), 8GB of RAM, and a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, with ProMotion technology to keep the display running at a smooth 120 frames-per-second. It also features Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, and 5G.

As for the cameras, the rear sports a 12MP Wide camera, a 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and a LIDAR sensor, while the front features a 12MP TrueDepth Ultra Wide camera. All rear cameras are capable of 4K images, 4K60 videos, and 1080p240 slow-motion videos.

My iPad Pro is currently running iPadOS 15.4, which is essentially just iOS 15.4 for iPads. My favorite feature at the moment is Universal Control (announced during Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote), which allows me to seamlessly take control of my M1 Mac Mini, M1 iPad Pro, and 2017 MacBook Pro from one keyboard/mouse when they're in proximity of each other. Univeral Control also allows me to, under the same conditions, drag and drop items (photos, files, videos, etc.) between devices without every connecting a wire, as if they're one machine. My other favorite features include widgets, trackpad support, and Continuity.

For the most part, I've installed nearly the same apps on my iPad Pro as with my iPhone 12. Social apps still include Discord and Reddit. Utilities include Speedtest, LIFX, and GeekBench. Media apps include Apple TV, Apple Music, YouTube, Disney+, Paramount+, Xfinity Stream, and Photoshop. My games of choice are Mini Metro, Mini Motorways, and Plague Inc.

The current selection of accessories that I use with my iPad Pro are a pair of AirPod Pros, the second generation Apple Pencil, and a Logitech Touch Combo keyboard case (which takes advantage of the Smart Connector pins on the rear of the iPad Pro.

2017 Apple MacBook Pro (13")

After enjoying (and retiring) my 2013 Apple MacBook Air, it was time for an upgrade. In 2018, I got the 2017 Apple MacBook Pro, and used it as my main Apple computer until late 2021. I used it for editing all of my YouTube videos in Final Cut Pro, learning music production in FL Studio 20, creating vector-based designs in Adobe Illustrator CC, and finalizing my designs (as well as creating YouTube video thumbnails) in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Light on the specs, my MacBook Pro is equipped with a dual-core Intel i5 processor, 1.5GB of integrated graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage. It runs the latest version of macOS, which is currently Monterey. While this laptop hasn't yet been retired, almost all of its use has been delegated to my M1 Mac Mini or M1 iPad Pro.

I currently have my MacBook Pro protected with a Speck case. Accessories include my 8TB (2x4TB) G-RAID in a RAID 0 configuration, and my pair of AirPod Pros.