My Home Office

by Ed Lau on May 17, 2007

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I thought that since I’ve done a bit of redecorating lately and just built myself a new computer that this would be a good time to show you folks my workstation. This will also be my entry into Gary’s Work From Home contest. He’s giving away a set of cool Bluetooth headphones.

Here you go. This is where I probably spend the equivalent of an actual work day every day. Let me take you on a little tour.

Up top are two of the posters I bought awhile back. I got them shipped from Newbury Comics which has a giant selection of concert posters.

I’ve run dual monitors for probably seven or eight years now and I’ll never go back to having just one. Doing just about anything is easier with two or more screens. At one point, I had four hooked up to a single box but that just made things too crowded around here. The big one on the right is my Benq FP241W and the smaller one is my older Dell FPW2005. I plan on purchasing another 24″ monitor to even it out but since I’m in no hurry, I’m waiting for one that’s even better than the Benq to be released.

If you’re wondering what the red thing is under the Dell, it’s an LCD readout for my computer. It gives me the time, weather, computer temperatures, various stats, stock prices and RSS feeds for all the blogs I regularly read.

The Dell is hooked up to a KVM switch that allows me to use both my Mac Mini and my laptop using the same monitor, keyboard and mouse. The Benq is hooked up to main computer, my Xbox 360 and in the next few weeks, a Bell XpressVu PVR. Both monitors actually allow you to switch between inputs but since I also needed to switch the keyboard and mouse, a KVM was quite necessary. In the background is my Wacom tablet and my cool IKEA glass lamp.

Here’s the new computer that I built a couple weeks ago. It’s a new Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM, a 8800 GTS and about 2TB worth of hard drive space. There’s also probably another 2TB worth in external HDs. Canon CR2 RAW files can get to be about 10MB per picture so space gets eaten pretty quick. There’s a bunch of knobs that I’ve hooked up to control all the various fans. It’s all whisper quiet.

It also comes with a couple of remotes that let me control all sorts of functions when I’m not at my desk. All my other stuff sits on the wood rack to the left including all my DVDs, Xbox stuff and a HP Laserjet printer. You can also see my SpyderPro calibration unit and collection of press badges I’ve accumulated over the years. Oh, and my HP iPaq is there beside my computer as well.

So that’s my workspace…if that’s the right term. I’m not sure “home office” is the right word as that really implies that work gets done here most of the time.

Anyone else want to share theirs?

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason May 17, 2007 at 10:35 am

Nice. I have a laptop. It sits wherever I sit. I’m pretty sure I have a pen around somewhere too. Not much for a picture though :)


Shawn Knight May 17, 2007 at 12:37 pm

Nice setup, I love that tiny laptop. Looks bigger than mine but I guess it isn’t really…

Reply May 17, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Where did you buy the LCD thing and how did you set it up?


Saman Sadeghi May 17, 2007 at 5:33 pm

Yeah, that is really cool! RSS Feeds!

Reply May 17, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Ed’s probably trying to find an affiliate link ;)


Ed Lau May 17, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Dammit! There isn’t one.

It’s from Matrix Orbital. They make all kinds of LCDs. They’re meant to be installed in a computer case but they’re USB so you can pretty much put it anywhere you damn well please. I took it out of my case because I had to install a 120mm fan in the bottom three drive bays for a silent cooling scheme.

They’re not too ridiculously expensive either. This one that I have is probably the most basic at $99 but even the most expensive is $149 I think.


Derrich May 17, 2007 at 6:59 pm

I’m jealous. Seriously.


Leo May 17, 2007 at 8:57 pm

You are a god amongst cyber-geeks ;)


msdanielle May 17, 2007 at 9:26 pm

hey awesome set up! and i like the posters you chose :D although i still think dj shadow would’ve fit in very nicely ;)


coach May 18, 2007 at 1:59 am

Looks like tech nirvana to me. I’m intrigued, pcs and mac on the same desk. I’d love to know what you use the mac mini for. I assume that the pc is the main system seeing as that is the one you just built.


Johnny May 18, 2007 at 9:14 am

which KVM switch are you using? been looking for one lately.


Ed Lau May 18, 2007 at 11:52 am

It’s a Belkin. I forget what the model is specifically.


Johnny May 18, 2007 at 12:07 pm

is it the belkin flip?

i’ve been looking for a reliable one.


Ed Lau May 18, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Pretty sure it’s this one. Four port.


coach May 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm

I am using the Belkin Flip – it is for two computers only but has worked flawlessly and is well priced


Robert May 18, 2007 at 10:37 am

So you could probably get a CinePort for the laptop and then you could get a couple million pixel upgrade to run one of these:
Quad Screen beauties.

You’d still be dwarfed by a desktop running the MasterPlex though…


Ed Lau May 18, 2007 at 12:43 pm

LOL…I’m pretty sure I don’t need more monitors for the laptop.

That 4×17″ setup would almost be a downgrade resolution-wise. I’m 3600×1200 right now and that thing would probably require another video card.

…that Masterplex thing is *drool* though. I was *this* close to buying a 40″ Samsung LCD for the wall where the posters are.


Joel Szerlip May 18, 2007 at 11:56 am

Got to say I am impressed. Not to shabby my friend, not to shabby at all.


Malcolm Owen May 19, 2007 at 8:42 am

…That’s a lot tidier than mine. It sure does remind me to get some cleaning done. That I should have done today. Instead of being on the internet. Again. Damn.


eastcoastlife May 19, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Cool! For a guy, that’s a real tidy work table. I’m ashamed of mine. hehe….


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