This blog post will use the suggenstion raised in Paul’s blog, see
So I will answer the following questions:
- Who are you, and what do you do?
- What hardware do you use?
- And what software?
- What would be your dream setup?
Ad 1) Who are you, and what do you do?
I have a few different hats, but am writing this blog post as Petra, the PhD student. My thesis is about the impact of conference attendance in the field of Library and Information Science, and I am at the chapter-writing stage (4 out of 6 done!!)
Ad 2) What hardware do you use?
A standard (old) Dell laptop, given to me by my university when I started in 2011. Also, for recording of interviews I used my old iPhone4, and an iPad as a backup.
Ad3) And what software?
The laptop runs on Windows 7. I am using the following pieces of software:
- Office 2010 (husband’s comment: “amazing anything still works on it really”)
- Firefox and Thunderbird
- Dragon Naturally speaking
- iTalk and Skype
- Xmind 2013
- Cold Turkey
- Dropbox and Google drive
- Twitter, Facebook, WordPress
Ad 3) What would be your dream setup?
My dream set up would be to…
- …work on an Apple laptop. I used to have one, until I poured a glass of milk onto it – and decided I had to finish the PhD before I was allowed another one. Also had the Dell for so long now that it feels like I need to finish the thesis with this laptop – we will get this thing done together!
- …sort and make sense of data with my hands, in a big empty room with lots of sticky notes. I actually printed off my initial codes thinking I would do just that – but I had 1800 initial codes, so needed to do it with software instead. NVivo looked good at the beginning, but I have grown to dislike it intensely. Not intuitive, does not have functionality you would expect or need when analysing data. Never investigated other options though, just lacking the time to do so…
- I would love to be able to write while walking, somehow. Always sitting to write is no fun.
- It would be great if I could convince the academic world that 20,000 word chapters with just a few tables and graphics are the least engaging way to communicate what I know about my topic! Imagine if I could take you to a virtual room, and show you all papers that are part of my literature review, and walk you through how I see them all being connected and linked… and then in the next room, my methodology, and then the findings room….