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DREAM Home 'Office' Setup

What would you fill it with?


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1:41 am on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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(originally posted in FOO)

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.
AMD processor.
2MB ram.
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?


2:48 pm on May 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm actually building my office right now in my new house. It's going to be pretty sweet. Here's some of the things that make it my dream office:

Server Closet: I've got some web / database servers for my company already hooked up in my office-to-be. I'm going to paint the inside of my little server closet black and put a glass door on it (so people can see all the little lights haha). I also have an LCD in there on a KVM for the servers. The closet has 2 switches. One switch for my server rack, and one switch for the house's Cat 5.

Workbench: I've got a huge solid core fire door for a workbench. I've got a nice Anti ESD mat for it so I don't have to worry about frying the computers I work on.

Desk: I've got a nice corner desk.

Floor: I'm tiling it instead of carpet. This will allow me to roll around as much as I want w/o wearing out the carpet.

Active Picture: I'm building an LCD monitor to look like a picture hanging on the wall. I'm making a nice wooden frame for it. I'm running wires inside the wall for it and will hook it up to an old computer. The LCD will be on all the time and will rotate a lot of different family pictures. Should look pretty darn neat!

Technology: I've got a spot to dock my laptop, iPod, iPaq, & cell phone. I’ve got my network laser printer, Bluetooth and 802.11G in the office, phone, fax, wireless keyboard and mouse, etc. etc.

My dream office is coming true… I hope all of yours do to!


3:22 pm on May 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wide screen laptop so you can work on the patio in the summer.

That's me. Why stop at the patio though? I use it on the patio, the couch, the kitchen, the bed, the lake etc. We are even planning taking it out on the boat to watch movies in the middle of the lake :) After I back it up of course...

Aside from the laptop all I usually have is a few beers in reach and I'm golden.

Only negative is that instead of wearing out an inexpensive desk chair, I'm doing some serious damage to our entire couch :)


6:30 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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LeoXIV, i've been trying to make quiet arse pc for years, almost there. But if i was to start again i would buy that giant heatsink case from Zalman. 0db noise! no fans and hard drive noise is restricted by the hardcore case surrounding it. It's like $1400 US or something, fairly expensive but worth it i reckon, especially if you sleep in the same room and it's on 24/7

In my server setup i have a The Phantom PSU (fanless = 0db) inside the coolmaster stacker case, 2 silentx 120mm fans both slowed to 500rpm, 1 92mm siletx for the cpu slowed to 1000rpm and a few 300GB seagate hard drives. And it's pretty dam quiet. You can hear it at night time, but that's the hard drives and there's not much i can do about that :(.


7:00 pm on May 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A desk and chair in the middle of a room with a wireless keyboard and mouse. All the walls painted a flat black and no windows, just central air. Behind me is a wall with three 5" holes cut in the top. Behind the three holes are three projectors. Each pointing to one of the cornered sections of the wall in front of me. Each projector will point at a grey screen permanently mounted to the wall with a surface area of 100".

The wireless keyboard and mouse will be plugged into a kvm switch in a server tower in the projector room behind me. The server tower will host 2 data servers running in RAID-5 with a TB each of storage. One computer in the tower for playing games. One computer in the tower for watching movies and listening to music which of course will be stored in one of the data servers. Another computer for doing my webwork and three small memory packed processor heavy computers for doing video conversion or working with Bryce or programs of such nature. Last but not least a computer used just for surfing the web.

Oh yeah, a great sound system also hooked up to all the computers that need sound. Mounted in wall of course.

* In case your reading this santa, i'll need a big house to put this in also.


7:05 am on May 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

where is the bed


1:51 pm on May 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I already have a fairly decent setup. There's only a few things I'd like to add.

I havea large l-shaped desk with the keyboard tray in the center, which I love. There's more than enough room for me to stack stuff on it and the corner piece is big enough for me to work on in front of the 'puter if I want to write something by hand. It has a hutch filled with reference books, inboxes full of scratch paper and printer paper, phone book, rolodex, mailing envelopes, blank cds and my "read and review file". Elsewhere on the desk are my cd player, my "books to review" box (I write reviews), a laser printer, my tickler file, laptop, Axim X50v, Dymo label printer and a basket full of little notepads for jotting notes. Garbage can and recycle bin under the desk.

My chair is a reasonably comfy "ergonomic" chair from Staples. There's a Megamouse pad strapped to right arm. This plus my track ball have been the biggest help in relieving back, neck and shoulder pain for me.

To my left is a large shelving unit that I built. It holds all my binders, notebooks, current projects, software installation disks and manuals, etc. I also keep my personal financial filing here: I just drop bills into a clear plastic storage box after paying. At the end of the year I pull everything out and put it in a file jacket and file it away. Business files are arranged a little differently, but not much. There's little set of drawers here that holds frequently, but not constantly, used office supplies...stapler, 3-hole punch, tape, highlighters, chapstick.

To the left of the shelves is a tall Sterilite drawer tower that holds all of my office supplies...extra tape, pens, labels, checkbooks, business cards, paperclips, rubberbands, etc. as well as all of my extra computer cables.

Directly behind me is another desk with a second computer on it. The phone and dsl modem live here.

There's also a 2 drawer file cabinet with my inbox on top.

Lessee, what else.... I keep the laptop and the desktop coordinated with FileSync. The Pocket PC and laptop talk with ActiveSync.

I tack poster board on the walls and write on that.

Larger room (little crowded in here as the kids' toys are also stored on the fourth wall)

Large cinerama display monitor...over 40" would be nice.

Lateral file.

Flat file.

Better book storage...my fantasy is custom-made bookcases...short, two shelf cases on large casters with a handle on one end. I could store my books by subject and then file the bookcase rather like books in a bookcase. Then I'd just pull the relevant one near my desk...I'd have one for books to read and review, on for field guides, one for family history, etc...

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