My name is Isko Salminen. I'm an entrepreneur, dog owner, BBQ enthusiast, and photographer living and working in sunny (kidding!) Helsinki, Finland.
For work, I'm one-half of a small, award winning, development company called Carbon where I usually spend my days building ExpressionEngine implementations and doing technical design.
When not working, I love traveling, seeing new places, hanging out with my dog, and taking photos. I take tons of photos but due to my overly harsh inner critic most of them won't be seen anywhere.
About my dog
As every superhero, I have my trusty old sidekick, my dog called Fire. Fire is a working line red merle Australian Shepherd. He's got blue eyes and a personality to match the breed description of a working Aussie.
Other than his coloring and eyes, Fire's one distinctive feature is his tail. Instead of a bobtail, or a full length tail, he's got an half-a-tail. He, like 4 of his other siblings, were naturally born with half length tails. At least once a week someone comes over to ask what happened to his tail.
For most days we are inseparable as Fire goes everywhere I go (except, sadly, to most restaurants in Finland).
About my setup
As I spend most of my time sitting in front of a computer either working or editing photos, I'm pretty particular about my setup.
For keyboard I use the Wireless Keyboard from Apple, coupled with Magic trackpad. And as a pointing device I use the amazing Cyborg R.A.T. 9 gaming mouse. It looks like a beast but I absolutely love it in use!
As at times I need/like to isolate myself from the world, I use AKG's K495 NC headphones to blast beats to my ears and cancel out all outside noise. I've owned a couple of pairs of headphones and the AKG's are by far my favourite noise cancelling headphones.
Here's a list of software I use daily to get work done:
- 1Password – where I store all my passwords, accounts and secure notes. I couldn't live a day without this app! If you're not already using a password manager, start today!
- Camouflage – keeps my desktop looking clean, and saves me from potentially embarrassing moments with clients.
- CrashPlan – there are only two types of computer users: those who backup, and those who wish they had.
- CSSEdit – still the best CSS editor out there (sadly discontinued so I can't link to it).
- Dropbox – my files in the cloud.
- F.lux – saves my eyes from display fatigue.
- Evernote – where I store all the notes, things I need to remember and where I write all blog posts.
- Integrity – this little tool is awesome for testing sites before going live. It catches broken internal and external links.
- ImageAlpha + ImageOptim – for optimising image assets.
- Lightroom CC – I used to swear by Aperture but recently switched to Lightroom as I got frustrated by the stagnated development of Aperture by Apple.
- Moom – for resizing windows while working and to realigning windows when switching displays/display set-ups. If you're constantly switching between dual and single display set-ups, this app is a godsend!
- Quicksilver – I simply can't use a computer without Quicksilver. Allows me to keep my hands on the keyboard.
- Sparrow – my favourite email client. Still one of the best out there, but sadly not being developed anymore.
- Sublime Text 2 – my text editor of choice, my workhorse. This is where I spend most of my working time (when not writing emails).
- TextExpander – saves me from rewriting the same stuff over and over again. Also great for catching and fixing irritating errors I keep making when writing markup/CSS when tired. Truly a lifesaver!
- Transmit – by far the best FTP client for Mac.
- You Need A Budget – I suck with money. This little app helps me plan and keep my budget, and budget for the rainy day. It also gives me a better view on where my money goes. Golden!
About my cameras
Over the years I have cumulated a hoard of cameras but thanks to my horribly track record with destroying them (seriously, I've only owned one camera that I haven't broken at least once), I only have few left.
For shooting film I have Rolleiflex, Canon Ftb and Nikon cameras. I recently bought the Epson V700 scanner with two friends but sadly haven't had the time to scan any of my slides yet.
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