Ryan Cash

Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it


I need to update this when I have some extra time!

I spend a lot of my time working in the Marketcircle office, but I also spend quite a bit of time working at home.

I have essentially the same setup at home as I do in the office, but the atmosphere is quite different. 

Here’s a photo of my desk at work:

And at home:


I’d been a PC user all my life until I started working at Marketcircle 4 years ago. After a few weeks, I had a really hard time going home and using my PC.

Fortunately, after a few months I was given a white MacBook to use (previously I was using an iMac at work), so I was able to bring it home. As soon this happened I bought an external monitor, Apple Mighty Mouse, and an Apple wired keyboard, so that I could ditch my PC for ever.

Since then I’ve had a few different MacBooks, and am currently using a 13” MacBook Pro from mid-2009, with a recently added SSD (I can’t recommend this upgrade enough!).

- 13” Unibody MacBook Pro, 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, with 4 GB of RAM. I have an 80 SSD as well as a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. 

- 23” Philips 230E 1080p widescreen monitor (at home and in the office)

- Apple Magic Mouse (at home and in the office)

- Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (for use in the office, where I have do more data entry)

- Apple Keyboard (for home use)

- So many external hard drives I can’t even keep track of them, but among them a 500 GB used for Time Machine, and a 1.5 TB for media (photos, music, video)

- Shure SRH750DJ Professional DJ Headphones for desk use in the office

- Logitech Z550 speakers for home use

- 32 GB iPhone 4 (black, case-less)

- 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad (first generation)

- Apple Earphones for the gym

- Nikon D5100, my first “real” camera, and long overdue. Used to take pictures.


I don’t use a large selection of software on a regular basis, but what I do use I could not live without. I’ll just keep this to software I use on my Mac. 

To learn about the iOS software I use, check out my iPhone home screen and iPad home screen.

- Daylite: I use this because it’s my job to market it, but I also use it because it’s extremely useful. I use it to keep track of all my communication with contacts in and outside of the company, to schedule meetings with co-workers, to manage projects that I’m working on, and to keep track of simple tasks.

- Billings: Again, I use this because it’s something we make, but I’ve also used it to bill for some of the freelance writing I’ve done, and to keep track of expenses when I’m on business trips.

- Adobe Photoshop CS5: Although I’m not technically a designer, I use Photoshop quite a bit (and have been for over 10 years). I use it when working on the Marketcircle website or various personal projects, and I also use it to post-process my photos.

- Numbers: I use Numbers to keep track of stats for Marketcircle, and to keep track of some basic personal finance stuff.

- Apple Mail: One of my most-used apps. Use it to handle all work email. Love the new Mail in Lion.

- Sparrow: I use Sparrow for my personal email (Gmail).

- Things: For personal tasks and projects, however I’m using it less and less, now that I’m using Apple’s Reminders.

- Alfred: My quick launch app of choice.

- Twitter: Used to manage the @marketcircle twitter account, as well as my own.

- VLC: For playing all formats of video.

- Safari/Firefox: I use two separate browsers to differentiate between work and personal browsing. Safari is used for work, Firefox for personal stuff.

iTunes: Obviously.

- iChat: For inter-office communication, and occasionally, for communication with the outside world.

Dream Setup

I have all the software I really need so my dream setup is all about the hardware. It’d be awesome to have a fully-specced 11” MacBook Air for ultra portability, an iPad 2 (my iPad 1 is getting outrageously slow), and a fully specced 27” iMac (or even a Mac Pro) with a 27” external Apple Thunderbolt Display that I can plug my Air or iMac into. If I was really going over the top, I’d also have a 15” MacBook Pro for those times where I need a portable laptop but want a bigger display than the 11”. Ok, that’s just getting greedy. 

Overall though, my current setup is perfect for almost everything, with the exception of photo editing. Now that I’m dealing with 16 megapixel photos, my computer is having a bit of trouble keeping up with me. But it could be worse.