Cyris Cloete, software developer for Skinny Marketing, tells Chris Gardner he's torn between his metal detector and his computer.
What is your favourite gadget?
At first, when I was asked, I immediately thought my recent metal detecting hobby I've started, but as I thought about it I realised how much we take for granted these days. Some certain things that just don't wow us any more.
So as cliche as it sounds, my main desktop computer is actually my favourite gadget by far. I've always been a PC fan because of its customisability and not to mention its amazing gaming support. For the nerdy technical specs I'm currently running an AMD Phenom 2.8Ghz Quad-Core, 4GB DDR3 RAM and boasting a powerful GeForce GTX560 graphics card connected up dual-screening two 23inch HD-LCD monitors for my development.
"A developer needs his virtual space." Something I have to tell the wife each time I need to justify buying another monitor.
What do you mainly use it for?
I use my computer for almost everything I can, it's my own little relaxation pod. For its common main uses such as gaming via Steam, development on websites and internet browsing. I then extend it via HDMI to my Plasma TV to run NetFlix, Quickflix and YouTube video streaming services. I also use it as my sound system with my subscription to Rdio.com I have unlimited music which plays through my surround sound.
How would you change it to make it better?
If there was something I've always wished for, it would be for a way to stream desktops video/audio over to any TV in my house wirelessly. So, for example, I could head to a TV in the other room and use the wireless keyboard and mouse to game on that TV instead of being restricted to sit directly at the computer table the whole time. This way a person wouldn't need to buy or build extra media centre computers for other TV systems in your house. Other than this, my gadget is perfect.
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