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Rebuilding the Office

posted: 2003-06-23 20:08:18 perma-link, RSS comments feed

my networking nexus is/was a rats nest of cables and power cords.

Today the last of the insurance work related to the kitchen fire that we had months ago was completed. That took much longer than expected. ( Actually, its not quite done -- they still have to come back and pick up some equipment they left today ).

So all of this time my office has been operating in a diminished capacity. Only two computers are online ( The dev box and the web server ), so Beth has gotten a little more comfortable using Linux to browse the web, check her mail , etc. The biggest, nost disappointing side effect is that my standings in the SETI project have fallen, and continue to do so. I was once in the top 6000 in the world. I'd have to go purchase some more processing power to even come close to getting back to that level.

But things aren't all bad. This gives me an opportunity to revise the entire workspace. I have a dinner table and a L-shapped desk, 3 6-foot book shelves and a 6x4 foot whiteboard. Wires have traditionally run everywhere, and my networking nexus is/was a rats nest of cables and power cords.

I've learned a couple things from this arrangement:

First, KVM switches really are your friend.
Second, whiteboards are most usefull when you can stand at them ( don't hang them over a desk ).
Third, cable management is problably worth the money and effort.

Has anyone ever set up a development/office/media center that they were truely happy with? Got pictures? Got pointers?

Howard Owens said on 2003-06-23 21:44:58:
Mine sucks -- you don't want to see the cable mess behind my desk. What I have is an old newsroom desk from the Star. It's a duel-user table top (so I have my PC and my Mac set up), set atop three two-drawer filing cabinets. In the middle I have my stereo (radio, turntable, CD player), and on the left a printer, on the right a skanner, and behind it a small TV with DirecTV. And no white boards, nor room for them (sniff, sniff).



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