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Thinking about re-doing my home 'office'...
1. Most powerful desktop I can find (any suggestions?). NOT a dell...probably an HP or something from <snip>.
240 GB HD.
CD/DVD burner (highest speed possible obviously).
30" apple cinema display
Hauppauge WinTV- personal video recorder (no need for a TV screen anymore...see apple cinema display
Wirless Mouse & Keyboard
2. Netgear wirless router
3. Color HP laser printer
4. Aeron Chair
5. Bose wave radio w/ surround speakers
6. Bose noise cancelling headphones (if the office isnt sound proof...see 5.
7. Canon Powershot - newest model
8. HP photo printer
9. unlimited post-it's and sharpie's so i never forget anything
10. 20 foot long indoor putting green
y tu, brute?
Massive Whiteboards on all the walls (and one in the shower)
And (if you are making a content site) a laptop to let you write outside the office.
My dream office would be like a control room where I could do all my heavy stuff, then a nice laptop so I can write outside or in a park.
3 month old Mac G5 dual Processor
1GB DDR SDRAM
20" Cinema Display
Tiger Operating System
Logitech MX Laser Mouse
(1) APC 1500 Smart UPS
Brother Intelifax 2800
Panasonic KX-TG2226 2.4 GH Digital Phone
Nikon D-70 Camera with 5 assorted lenses
Ipod with Bose speaker dock
34" Toshiba TV
Panasonic (4 head) VCR/DVD
My "office" is also my living room 22' x 20'
5'x8' L-shaped desk (6 drawer)
(1) Jade green Aeron chair
Refrigerator 6' from desk
Kitchen also 6' from desk
(1) Custom built & designed - 7/8" solid Mahogany sofa/sleigh bed
(2) Custom built & designed - 7/8" solid Mahogany sleigh chairs
(2) side tables
Knick knack/Shell Display stand
15' sliding glass doors opening out onto 25' x 10' balcony looking out over the Caribbean Sea with 67 orchids (most in bloom now) and assorted tropical plants
(1) 5 year old island mutt named Buddy
(1) really crappy, 2001 Hyundai Accent in the driveway that refuses to go up steep hills
Life is sweet! :)
(1) 15" powerbook G4 coming up! (For those times you have to be out of the office!)
If and when my desktop crashes fatally (3 year old dell going well), id buy a powerfull laptop and docking station + flatscreen and wireless keyboard and mouse
If youre in house, it functions like a PC. Obviously you can also take it out and work on the road.
Have a look at AlienWare PC's. pretty powerful, and they look ... different
In the continuation of the thread, it has now been edited to say 2 MB of RAM.
Who changed it? The original was posted two days ago - I don't believe the first poster could not have changed it. Or were there two different threads going the whole time?
There is a good reason to edit this post, but changing a "1" into a "2" is not the reason.
I'd consider a bit more than 2MB of ram
Any good reason for that? I'm always confused by those who seem to suggest ridiculous amount of RAM for general purpose machines. Have you done any tests recently to see what the performance difference is between a PC with 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM? Do you know the issues with Windows mis-reporting RAM at the larger sizes? What about tweaking the system files/swap file to make sure the extra RAM is not actually slowing your machine down?
My current one seems "OK" but my previous one went to hell after a couple of years and people I know that work at computer stores claim HP has a massive repair rate. Video card smoked, but first it fried some circuits on a 19" monitor, 6 months later the hard drive took a dump and I barely managed to get everything off it before total system failure. Of course my wife (thru her company) has had multiple Dell's, mostly laptops, and they have had serious problems with the whole lot of them. They switched to IBM ThinkPads which seem to have much better quality so far.
As far as the DREAM SOHO machine?
Wide screen laptop so you can work on the patio in the summer.
Also skip the HP photo printer as Epson are much better.
Read closer, oddsod.
240 GB HD.
8 MB cache or 16? IDE or SATA, vanilla or 2 x 120 in RAID 0? What motherboard make and model? What AMD CPU? 64 bit? Which 64 bit AMD CPU? These things make a big difference to the PC's performance. If you're planning on a performance machine you really need to take the time to familiarise yourself with the nitty gritty or some salesman will take you for a ride.
I'm not impressed with it in terms of comfort.
I have to disagree. I love my chair! Before I got it, I had frequent and often debilitating back pain. It may not be important for some of you "youngens" with strong backs ... but for an old fogey like me, it was a Godsend! ;)
In addition, I live in a hot and humid climate. You can't beat this chair for airflow. I have a window at my back and when the wind blows, I feel it right through the chair!
what chair you recommend?
Whatever high-end chair Staples is peddling this week :)
My current Samsonite chair is real cushy that I got there, I like it.
I tend to recline in my chair a lot which ends up killing the chair prematurely as they really aren't designed to be stressed like that. However, Staples sells a little insurance plan and when your chair disintegrates they replace it with a new chair no questions asked.
Bought a nice chair 6 months ago but I was kicked back relaxing at the computer when suddenly the plastic molded solid arm part split in 2 places - love that chinese quality. Anyway, threw the chair in the back of the car and had a new chair within the hour at no charge that I'm working on destroying now.
Hey, they'll replace it even if the fabric or leather rips!
Guess when I'm sick of this one I'll turn the cat loose on it.
P.S. If you're a lover of mexican food, beer or other gastrointestinal disturbing foods I would suggest the leather vs. cloth so you don't end up sitting on a stinky foam whoopee cushion over time.
My advice is to sit in a lot of chairs and see what you like best. Bring your laptop to the store. :)
If you're going for looks only, I will say that the Aeron is very nice looking.
The last touch will be a projector to throw movies at the wall behind the screens ;)
Oh, and enough extension cabling so I can use my big lcd screen from the couch table too :)