Who are you, and what do you do?
What hardware do you use?
I trend toward practical, durable and low maintenance. My current laptop is a 13" MacBook Air. For listening and signaling that I'm busy in cafes, I have Sennheiser HD 280 headphones. For most voice calls, I use a Plantronics DSP470 foldable headset and Skype. I use a Wacom Intuos3 tablet for drawing and sketching. I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 for documents and keeping track of receipts. And a shredder. I usually have a smartphone. My last one was a Droid 3 (before that, a Nexus One). I like phones with real keyboards. For now, I'm using an LG-VX5600, which I'm kind of liking mostly for the lack of functionality. For books, I have a Kindle. For buying stuff, I have Amazon Prime. I carry a 8400 mAh USB backup power charger.
I borrow my husband's iPod Nano. I just picked up a set of Sony MDR-NC11 Fontopia noise canceling headphones for a long plane trip. Hoping they work out! For a general purpose camera, I use a Canon Elph SD1200. My digital SLR is a Nikon D40, with a variety of lenses. I also use a Fujica 35mm film camera with fisheye, portrait and telephoto lenses.
I wear glasses with polycarbonate lenses with an anti-reflective coating. I've worked with eye doctors to improve my vision, which has involved making prescriptions weaker and no longer wearing contacts. I sit facing a sunny window overlooking my backyard and a very large pear tree most days.
I also carry a paper weekly planner for quick notes, and thinking through todo lists. And I get around on a Lemond Big Sky SLT, tricked out with red Chris King headset and hubs.
And what software?
For different versions of Perl and for CPAN, I use perlbrew and cpanm. For Python projects, I start with virtualenv. For configuration management, I use Puppet. For deploying into AWS, I currently use cloud provisioner.
I have a checklist for setting up a system from scratch.
My default text editor is Vim, and keep my daily todo list as a text file in a git repo. I have extensions for PGP and SQL formatting installed. I work with tabstop=4 and expandtab on.
I have some custom dotfiles for shell, vim, PostgreSQL and tons of libraries. I use ssh-agent, and have a very large .ssh/config file. People remember my terminal prompts because of this:
export PS1="\u@\h:\W #\! \A \`if [ \$? == 0 ]; then echo \:\); else echo \:\(; fi\` "
For communication, I'm logged into several IRC networks and use bitlbee inside of irssi inside of a screen session on a slice of a VM a friend loans me. And I use Skype daily. My email is mostly using the Gmail web interface, but I'm experimenting with Sparrow. I wish that I could go back to using VM (a mail client for Emacs). I save a copy of all my personal domain email on a remote server. I've had the same domain since 1996.
For sharing music, I still use OpenTape.
Apple's Keynote is the best for presentations, and nothing beats Skitch for quickly sharing screenshots, photos and sarcasm. I'm also using the free version of a Mac pomodoro app for work sessions, and I like it a lot. For writing, I use the WordPress full-page mode, Apple Pages (has a great full-screen mode) or Google Docs, if I'm not just using Vim.
I use Arq for backups, LastPass for passwords, Chrome for my browser and have four users set up inside Chrome to handle business and personal account separation. I also have a set of passwords to things like domain management in a PGP-protected file in a git repo. I grant access to it to a couple close friends, just in case.
What would be your dream setup?
If I really think big, I'd love one of those Misson Impossible in-eye cameras paired with that crazy gloves and glass workstation in Minority Report. With Skitch integration. And a Periera road bike.
In near-term reality, I've been considering a Lenovo X-series, and switching back to Linux for my primary workstation. For now, I tinker with an EeePC with Ubuntu on it, which is my backup system on long trips.