The Setup - David Thompson

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to David, Director of Web Services at Raspberry PI.

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is David Thompson and I currently the Director of Web Services at Raspberry PI. I have been making stuff on the internet for what is coming up to twenty years now, which seems crazy when I write it down. My degree in medieval literature has really paid off!

I have always seen what I do as simply as 'make stuff with computers' and am so privileged to be able to help others learn to do that as part of the Raspberry PI Foundation.

What hardware do you use?

A real mix, for the last few years my primary machine has been the now discontinued MacBook Air with a tiny 11" screen. I always preferred working on smaller screens, it somehow helps me focus! Before that Ubuntu was my OS of choice. In the deep past there is Windows, but I try not to think about that. I see some developers moving from Mac to M$ but I will never forgive/never forget.

I have a couple of Raspberry Pi 3 Model B's around the house. One is a media computer, the other gets used for hack projects and messing around. I saw a SnowPi in the office this week, so that is on the shopping list too.

Finally, my mobile is a Nexus 5x with a 'Google' install of Android. Really impressed with the ethics behind FairPhone though, so that could be my next device.

And what software?

I tend to keep it pretty simple.

Can't get too excited about text editors so Atom or Sublime Text 2 works well for me, though sometimes I use vim.

  • Sketch has been a huge revolution for me - before that there was no real, affordable alternative to Adobe software so it has been awesome to be able to use something better, cheaper and more web friendly.
  • Inbox covers me for email.
  • For 'security testing', Burp is always super useful .
  • Slack is killing me, though I loved it at first, so not that.

What would be your dream setup?

Lightweight laptop with a small screen and some variant of linux.

Standup desk, ideally with a great view :)

One item you can't live without?

My macbook is my tool for earning a living, so that.

Thanks David!

David Thompson on 23rd December 2016.


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