My Setup

※ This will replace a lot of other pages here when done. Inspired by The Setup.

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Paul Jorgensen, a global consulting cybersecurity consultant who usually works on large international engagements. I lived in Tokyo for 3 years and have filed taxes in Belgium, Mexico, the Netherlands, and maybe in South Korea.

I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, America.

What hardware do you use?

I’m semi-firmly in the Apple camp. My employer moved most employees to MacBook Airs and iPhones. For me, that’s a 2018 MacBook Air and 2020 iPhone SE. I paired my old Series 2 Apple Watch with the SE.

On the personal side I’m a bit more eclectic. The last bit of new-in-the-box Apple I bought was the Apple Watch 5. I also have an iPhone XS Max, a 2015 MacBook Pro (JIS keyboard), an unknown vintage Apple TV HD, and 2 Mac Mini Servers – a 2011 and 2012 – both maxed on everything. The Mini ’12 and the MacBook Air ’18 are each connected into old Dell 27″ displays.

I have an iPad Mini 5, which is my main mobile machine. I pair it with an Apple Wireless Keyboard (JIS) and Trackpad. It is my main consumption device but I also create content with it (like this post).

I really like the layout of the Japanese Apple keyboards. I do not want to go back to the US English.

I have an Onyx Boox Nova2 ereader tablet, the only Android device in my arsenal. A few Kindle PaperWhites, one a 32GB Japanese model and an 8GB US, are also about.

My home WiFi is a mesh of Apple Airport Extremes, Time Capsules, and an Airport Express. I have two spares in storage for when they start to fail.

Lastly, I have 2 Raspberry Pi’s – a Zero W and a 4. The Zero W is my PiHole and SmartHome hub. The 4 is my portable cloud that will eventually accompany my iPad Mini setup.

What software do you use?

I use Gnu Emacs with Org-Mode on all my desktop OS. On iOS I used Beorg and Shortcuts for interacting with my org files.

Supplementary to Emacs&Org is DEVONTHINK on Mac. It is my trusted repository of receipts, research, and things I won’T need to remember tomorrow but might need next year.

For a terminal I use iTerm2 on Mac. Zsh, tmux, ports of the Gnu utilities, YouTube-dl and ffmpeg

I read RSS with NetNewsWire and Reeder in different contexts, and both sync with FeedBin and Feedly, which I use.

For work I use an unholy trinity of Slack (browser, not the fake app), Lotus/IBM/HCL Notes, and Microsoft Office. Work also relies on the other unholy trinity of WebEx/Zoom/Teams for video conferencing.