Brian Bowker, Project Manager/Developer at Vitech Group

Thanks for joining us, Brian! How long have you been a Project Manager/Developer with Vitech Group?

3 years

Tell us about your desktop computer.

Lenovo Thinkpad, 2.8GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, 500GB SSD, 3x 24″ monitors

What software applications do you use to get your work done and why?

Oracle VirtualBox, SQL Server Management Studio, Gmail, Google Apps, Trello

What mobile phone and/or tablet do you own?

Nexus 5 (Android)

What apps on your phone can’t you live without?

Google Inbox, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google Keep, #NoChromo, all of the Google voice commands.

Describe your dream workspace and technology. No budget limitations. Sky is the limit!

Basically what I have, except I wish I could have my screens be either square or 4×3 instead of wide screen. Or maybe a single, ridiculously large screen, like 50″ or so. Also a newer phone (Nexus 5x or what ever the next Nexus one will be), mainly for battery reasons.

Where is your favorite place to get work done in Whatcom County?

My office, in the late evening after everyone else is gone.

What are some struggles you currently face with your technology?

I travel a fair amount and after being accustomed to my large screens my 17″ laptop screen feels extremely cramped while working on site at a customer facility. Also, I use T-Mobile and their coverage can be spotty in warehouse districts where my customers are usually located.

What is your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Google voice commands on my phone; “Remind me to…”, “Create an appointment at…”, “Navigate to…”, “Text my wife…”

Besides your phone and computer, what else (analog or digital) can’t you live without?

Victorinox Cadet (I really miss it when I travel carry-on only), Pentel Twist Erase Click 0.7mm, 8.5×11 artist’s sketchbook, USB car charger with an obnoxiously bright LED, suction cup phone holder, small power strip.

What are you the best in the world at? Something that no one can take your crown away from you?

Humility? LOL, just kidding. I’m not the best at it, but my most valuable attribute is that I’m a very likable person. Honest, non-judgmental, easy going, good listener, friendly.

What artists do you listen to while working, and what music source do you use?

I don’t listen to music while I’m working.

What books or magazines are you currently reading?

I like books about science research and very well researched novels. John Krakauer, Sebastian Junger, Michio Kaku are some of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading “The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck, but I’m having trouble getting hooked by it. I don’t subscribe to any magazines, but I like reading Google News, and /r/science+technology – lots of diverse sources with those. I’m also a huge fan of Douglas Adams.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

1) Don’t burn bridges; build them. 2) Always take responsibility for your actions. 3) Honesty is the best policy. 4) Share the credit.

Thanks for sharing with us, Brian! Continued success at Vitech in Bellingham!

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