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Kieran Jacobsen is the Head of Information Technology at Readify, a Microsoft MVP and regular speaker at conferences throughout Australia.

Tools of the trade

I have been asked a few times what gear I use, for work and for personal use.


I use three computers on a regular basis, a personal laptop/tablet, work laptop and then my gaming rig.

Firstly there is my simply fantasic Surface Pro 2 (128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM), this is one of the most amazing devices I have used, I am simply surprised by how much I can do with it.

I have my tweaked out HP EliteBook Folio 9470m, this is my work device. It isn't spec-ed out how you would get it normally from the shop, or even HP internally. Featuring a similar CPU as the Surface Pro 2, but with 256GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. Compared to all other work devices I have had over the years, it is by far the best. It is quite light, and packs a very nice 15 inch screen. The only limitation is there is no ESATA, but it has an abundance of USB3 ports.

Finally I have my gaming rig, not much to say but I7, 24GB of RAM, tonnes of storage and a beast video card to boot all on a Gigabyte Sniper 2 motherboard. I game and code on this thing on a regular basis.


Must Haves

  • Windows 8.1 X66
  • Office 2013


  • PowerShell (obviously)
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • PrimalScript 2012
  • Notepad++
  • Winmerge
  • GitHub for Windows
  • Tortise SVN


  • Bitvise SSH Client
  • Virtualbox
  • Tor
  • CCLeaner
  • GPG
  • Putty
  • F Secure AV
  • Inssider
  • NMap
  • WireShark
  • EMET
  • OpenVPN
  • Keepass
  • SMAC


  • VLC
  • Winamp

Communications and Social Media

  • Hexchat
  • Line
  • Skype
  • Lync

And the Rest...

  • Wunderlist
  • Firefox
  • Feedly
  • Pocket
  • Kindle
  • 7Zip
  • Cashplan
  • Foxit Reader
  • Steam


Nothing really special here. I like a good keyboard and mouse, preferably gaming gear like G510 etc.

My Partner bought me some fantastic Sony headphones for Christmas, the Sony MDR-1RBT Mark2. Quite amazing, Bluetooth, NFC and 30 hour battery life!

So that is pretty much it. I will try and keep this updated as I change what I am using.

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What am I reading?