Thomas Symalla

Thomas Symalla

Thoughts out of my head

20 Aug 2020


This page lists everything I’m currently using to get my work done.

After years of working just on laptops I built myself a new Desktop some years ago. I am working on graphics- and GPGPU-related stuff so its quite important for me to have a machine capable of doing computation-intensive tasks. I also have some portable machines as I like to switch between operating systems.



Notebook 1

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13” (2019), Space grey, 256 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM
  • Mac OS Catalina (10.15)
  • Rain Design mStand Silver
  • Apple Magic Keyboard

Notebook 2

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X250
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Dock
  • Debian Buster
  • i3wm, polybar
  • KDE Plasma


  • HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Pro


  • Synology DS215j with two 1TB HDDs (although I’m going to replace it through a more recent model sometime)

Other devices

  • ELEGOO UNO R3 Microcontroller
  • DE0-Nano (Altera Cyclone IV) FPGA
  • Sony WH-1000XM2 Noise Cancelling headphones


  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Nextcloud
  • Sevdesk for invoicing
  • A custom, MySQL-based Time tracking utility written in C++ and Qt

Engineering tools and IDEs

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2019
  • Qt Creator
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code
  • cmake, qmake
  • Quartus Prime
  • Xcode 11
  • RenderDoc
  • Nvidia Nsight Graphics

Terminal tools

  • git
  • vim
  • Oh my zsh!
  • Windows Terminal