The office room itself is largish, with 1.5 sofas, and a small table for tea. I have two desks - one sitting and one standing. My sitting desk is for writing code only. My standing desk is for everything else (meetings, email, etc.) My code-desk faces the sea so I can look out at the blue for inspiration if I need to. Above my standing desk is a whiteboard for notes/todo/etc. I have a small closet with a printer and supplies. I have to shield my workhorse machine from the sun sometimes so it does get too hot in the summer. In the English winter (10 months out of the year), it makes for a nice natural cooling system :)
-- EDIT -- here is a very poor quality photo: https://twitter.com/binarymax/status/460012757317074944/phot...
My office is full of books, plants, my LEGO projects, and other miscellaneous toys and distractions. The walls are decorated with classic covers from Byte Magazine
I have one window with three bird feeders to my right. I can also look into my backyard (through another room).
Here are some pictures:
If you're worried about the wood getting damaged by repeated disassembly-reassembly cycles, you can use insert nuts to screw a machine bolt into:
The nice part is that an actual wood top not only looks and feels better, it's a bit cheaper than the particle board tops that IKEA makes.
The table top is starting to get a little crappy with some of the finish bubbling off due to my constant resting of hands so will just need to purchase a new one at some point - but no real rush.
Very sturdy desk overall, it's small - but with monitor arms for 24 and 17 inch displays I have more than enough desk room for keyboard/mouse and notepad.
Under the desk a UPS, NAS (18TB RAID6), the WiFi plus a single powerful workstation (16-core, 192GB RAM, SSD for main drive, 6TB RAID0 scratch disks).
On the desk some books, a bottle of single malt whisky, a playstation (dusty and not wired up) and a scanner. A single large monitor (high quality). A desk lamp with halogen bulb.
My home office is just a corner of a room, with all the tools I need nearby.
It is slightly messy, I tend to have mail opened on the desk, and small things around it.
It's comfortable, a place I enjoy being.
But it's also a work zone... my viewing of videos and entertainment is on a television purposefully not visible from the desk. Meaning I must leave the work environment to enjoy entertainment with others.
I'm not fortunate enough to be able to create a study room that could be an office. Space is limited, but the ideal would be a comfortable library space, lit well enough (but not enough to harm the books), and quiet.
The NAS, whilst it is feature rich, I've disabled everything other then full-disk encryption. The only thing running on it is Squeezebox: http://oinkzwurgl.org/ssods_intro
Edit: I see that these Pro QNAP versions are actually high-specced and high-priced Intel machines. The HP microservers still hit a sweet spot of low price and ECC ram though. QNAP must be making a bundle by effectively differentiating themselves in their software. Nothing in the hardware seems to justify the pricing.
It seems the newer generation has moved to Intel but still without AES-NI:
It's not clear from what I've read if you can swap the processor out.
Why do you run FDE? How do you boot it?
See http://b3n.org/installed-xeon-e3-1230v2-in-gen8-hp-microserv... for info on how to do the chip upgrades in the current model.
Nah, those days are gone... I bought the machine when working on my MSc project as it worked out to be similar in price to renting AWS machines at the time for the duration of the project and work.
I needed 20+ virtual machines to be running, for a long period of time (3-6 months), gathering and processing data, to perform various experiments during the project.
The crux of it was that as AWS would cost me the same ballpark as 6 consumer desktops or 1 professional workstation, that I might as well buy and own the hardware.
Then the choice was between 6 consumer machines all using energy and producing noise + heat, or the 1 workstation (idling most of the time). I chose the workstation as it would be more flexible in the future (now).
The workstation has lasted years and is still a superb workhorse. I'd go this route again as it's proved great value for money and still has years in it.
It's an older HP Z800, runs Linux now but used to run Windows.
That's my home office, I live on what used to be a working dock in the north of England but was filled in and used for housing so it has a nice feel, I love it because I'm 200ft from a massive river (great for thinking walks http://i.imgur.com/ibfcLn2.jpg, not so great when a massive storm surge nearly topped it in Dec heh - http://i.imgur.com/P2DRT0h.jpg).
I can't stand working in a mess, I have to tidy both offices before I can settle down to do any real work and I've found as I get older I need more quiet to work properly I don't seem to be able to tolerate distracts as well as I could, I'm lucky in that while I'm starting a business and money is tight the North East of England is very cheap to rent in so we still have a two bed with a spare bedroom for an office :).
http://i.imgur.com/yB0IN1e.jpg is my work office (which feels like home sometimes!) rented in an old Victorian building the council run, high ceilings and lots of space and light which is nice.
They are Dell 2412M's.
I got it off freecycle for free, it's built like a battle ship chassis is heavy guage steel and underneath is covered with cable management, based on style and condition I'd say it's at least late 80's old maybe older.
When I finally have some money I'm going to get the chassis shot blasted and powder coated black and an identical top panel cut out of marine ply, I absolutely adore the aesthetics and comfort but it looks a tad tatty as is.
My desk is also somewhat home made and doubles as my hobby project studio for song writing and recording. Behind my chair (not visible in the pic.) are a 10" sub woofer and a larger white board. I have a tiny bike mirror over my right monitor to avoid a bad shock when someone stops by my desk while I'm deep in a project. The tiny red button on the left corner of my desk is to engage/disengage the sub woofer. Most days my dog sleeps on the rug by my chair and amazingly I have never rolled over him.
My desk: http://i.imgur.com/OfYjTgX.jpg
Her desk: http://i.imgur.com/vI4GR7H.jpg
The view is amazing, but I've crammed it with cheap functional desks and chairs and shelfes/tables. The walls are painted a nice purple, but the rest is all about "while we're not making a bunch of money, we can't have nice things".
Do mind that our equipment ( Computers, screens, (3D-)printers etc) is all up to date, no savings there, obviously.
All work is done on my 27” iMac, while watching the curious life of liveaboards in the marina outside and looking at the Manhattan skyline…
(Sorry for the poor pics, had to shoot against the sunlight coming in)
I also live on a river though my view is not as good as yours I do love been able to take a walk when I need to think.
Likewise, whenever I have (code)writers block I go or bike along the Hudson waterfront here. Love it.
It's OK if you use it with an addtl. subwoofer.
I alternate between:
1. An amazing café on the beach - warm, sunny, coffee (and beer!) on tap
2. The garden - if it's the right time of year, Wifi is lacking so tend to stay more focussed
3. Barstool in Kitchen/Stood up working
4. Dining room table - white wall behind, good for video calls
I'm fortunate enough to be able to work with just a laptop, no large screens/mice/speakers/headphones/paper etc needed, so I don't feel that I'm without stuff if I'm not at a desk.
I took an old door, nailed an edge around it, and varnished it. Got two trusses from Ikea for pretty cheap (~$30 each), and two "night stands" that work really well as shelves.
I have an absurd amount of desk space and I find it great for working. My desk is messy, but I'll get a picture up in a sec.
Edit: Heres that photo
More seriously, I really wish any USB keyboard could be "converted" into a Apple Bluetooth keyboard (as far as the Mac knows) - they have great connectivity, battery life.
It's kinda cool to type on it, but the keys are just so huge, it feels like I'm using a typewriter. Using the Apple keyboard is the opposite, it's like I'm just slightly brushing the surface.
I takes some getting used to, I have to consciously try to press the keys lightly, but it kinda feels nice! I'm definitely enjoying my mechanical keyboard much more this way.
Also, 10 keys typing is a must with a mechanical keyboard.
Not that they write better code, they're just prettier :D
So, I have a nice home office but I don't much use it because I prefer working in different places around our house and outside, weather and available shade permitting. I use my office mainly when I need to plug my laptop into a large monitor. Otherwise I like to use a light weight lap desk and roam. About once a month I will work out of a coffee shop.
Edit: I do a few days a week from home, with a fair amount of video conferencing. White board is critical to get me out of my chair to draw out what's in my head.
Here is the new setup (in standing position): http://imgur.com/cgRoSUu
I just bought the frame and reused the desktop from my old desk. I was tired of using plastic boxes and phone books as monitor stands, and couldn't find good stands that had the height I wanted, so made my own using some wall-mount monitor/tv brackets: http://imgur.com/YwyRwVl
The window on the right looks out on the cat-run in the back yard (when the curtain isn't drawn) and that's a hermit crab tank on the left (which is currently unpopulated until I automate the humidity controls.)
Speakers and lots of kids photos are on a shelf that is currently behind the monitors, but can be seen when sitting. My back is to the door, so there is also a little rear-view mirror glued to that shelf to make it harder for the kids to sneak up on me. (Tying bells to collars worked okay with the cats, but not so well with the children for some reason which is strange as the cats are much more cunning.)
* Motorized adjustable standing desk from the Ikea (Linak legs; whole thing was under €600), in standing mode. Yes, fixed standing desks are not going to work, you need to be able to alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day.
* On the left, Synology DS213j, TP-Link TD-W8970 ADSL2+ Modem router and Meissner 750VA UPS to keep my internet connection going during Eskom (South African electricity supplier) power outages / load shedding (tested, works a treat! with laptops charged, I can continue accessing internet for a few hours of no power. Telkom exchanges have their own power supplies)
* Cheap laptop with IPS display (see http://wp.me/p1dVx9-6k ) connected to Samsung external LCD. You're seeing Emacs on the left with Zenburn theme, and Intellij IDEA 13 on the right with Darcula IDE + Solarized Dark editor themes, everything still on Ubuntu 12.04.
* My corner is indeed quite cluttered, but comfortable to work in. :)
it's nice to finally have a decent space to work in. Having a comfortable spot that I enjoy being in has definitely improved my productivity.
My goal is to eventually work from home.. maybe 2014 will be my year :)
When I move, I might switch to retina displays on arms for my primary systems, but 32 is more tempting than 24. Standard-definition displays still work great as big consoles, too.
We also have a puppy that likes hanging out in the room and is a great source of distraction.
The desk was custom built for the office so not sure if we will take it with us. I love wood working and would love even more to create this myself someday, but my skills aren't there yet :)
And then there are the boxes in the corner, because we only moved here 3 years ago. Oops.
One of the nice things about this arrangement is that the corner is really deep. At one time this let me use a big CRT. Now it just lets me shove lots of USB drives and so forth out of the way. I have a few computers but I really only use my Mac Mini most of the time.
Most of the remaining wall area is file cabinets and bookcases. Truth be told a lot of the paper volume in the office is essentially "legacy" paper though I have cleared a fair bit of that over the years. If I were starting today, I'd probably make more of an effort to have as much digitized as possible. As it is, a lot of the older material just isn't worth the effort.
I used to do most of my computer work in my office. Truth be told these days, I often just work on my laptop in some other room. Not sure why I changed but I find I like moving around unless I'm doing some task that's a lot better on my desktop setup.
Mine is in one of the smaller rooms of my house that I work out of once in a while. I belive the table top is the Ikea Gerton (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/) that I bought a few years ago. Such a simple desk and loads of room. Pretty heavy too.
Plenty of color options. We were told the white back wasn't possible for some reason, but somehow the woman we worked with managed to sneak it in. Very happy when it was delivered!
Gallant corner desks - I've updated, since, to an iMac and Thunderbolt Display. I want to go to a more simpler set up with a better quality desk. Galant desks are nice, but I'm really wanting something with more texture, sturdier.
Take the time and invest in cable management. It makes everything so much better. On the other side of my office, what works awesome is an Ikea Expedit turned on its side - http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/images/products/expedit-shelving-u... - fits my two printers, Airport and a little rock fountain just perfectly. I've worked at home for coming up on seven years now.
I try not to keep lots of books or anything in there. I have a separate library room for books and various curio (the actual home office designed for the home, but is just a hair too small for my current setup plus my wife's plus my books).
I use a costco wire shelving unit + a couple of boards as a standing desk with a monoprice 27" ips monitor and a macbook pro. I have one shelf set up to keep the monitor and macbook at eye height and another lower one with boards for keyboards and mouse plus a drafting chair for when I want to sit. Also there is one shelf on top and another a couple of inches bellow the keyboard shelf for stability and storage and the whole thing needs to be against a wall to work well.
It works pretty well but I find myself missing a sitting desk for days when i'm too exhausted (from climbing and skiing mountains) to stand all day. Not sure if I will purchase an adjustable or just set up two works stations once we've moved. Either an arm to move my main monitor or a second monoprice is cheaper then any adjustable desk i've seen.
Also a comfortable chair usually with a cat curled up in it, view of the mountains and a closet full of climbing and skiing gear.
I don't like to have anything else in the room, when I want to rest I just get out of my desk, for a coffe, a nap or answer my cellphone.
No TV in my apartment.
Check out the 'breaking bad' style office.
I work sometimes from my desk, sometimes from a standing standing at the other side of the room by the window, and sometimes from neighborhood cafes.
I posted pictures of my setup to /r/minimalism a while ago. Note that I have since failed to keep up this system perfectly, but often my desk does look like this. Seeing what I posted has inspired me to deal with loose paper better, which is my main cause of clutter.
Same story, work from home. Equip: 15"MacBook retina i7 ssd, 2x cinema displays (older 24"), Logitech mouse, ikea adjustable desk, adjustable chair. iOS developer.
We have a nice office on Blvd Saint Laurent looking directly out onto Mont Royal: high ceilings, 11 inch MBAs, 27in screens, Ikea trestle tables, etc. It's not a home office per se, but home for us nonetheless.
You should drop by if you ever walk past. We're just above Code Black Coffee.
I also created a physical Kanban board to manage day-to-day tasks, it's right next to the standing desk and I enjoy its omnipresence because I can always see the big picture of my work. (also the mere exposure effect kicks in :) )
Here's a picture, it's small, it's simple, I love it:
also worth checking out lifehacker which features a lot of setups too:
I use a flat desk, which I extended on both sides so its more wide. Under left side of it is chassis & UPS, under right are routers and subwoofer. On far left side on the desk you can see laptop, and on right one various stuff that form one mess :) Also there is a white light lamp that forms nice soft backlight in the background (it's not that strong as it is in picture). This summer I plan to move, so I plan to get a new setup, a better desk and a better cable management.
This is my corner..
I often work from a chair in the living room or the dining room table as well. Or I go out to libraries, a hackerspace, McDonalds, sports bar, Barnes and Noble, etc. to work.
I do have a low-power, mini server stack out in the family room, next to the big TV. A Raspberry Pi, two Pogoplugs, a DDWRT router, a pile of hard drives.
Although I use a laptop, I stick to a mouse, touchpads drive me up the wall. Generally speaking, I prefer my hardware ugly and robust, as opposed to sleek and fragile.
I thought it would feel cramped at first, but it doesn't.. Allows me much greater focus, and everything is in arms reach.
It's only slightly less insane than my work office.
But, sorry to say so, that's one of the worst websites I have seen in 2014 - a slow flash page with long animations, annoying sounds effects and bad UX (even for year 2011).
I usually try to keep my office pretty simple and clean. White parsons desks, aeron chair, cinema display and retina MBP.
I also have two Lifx bulbs in the lamps that I'm hoping to use for visual notifications when they open their API.
Despite all that, I think the best part is that my gf (who is half my age) hangs out on the couch next to me.
Question: How does your office look?
Answer: It looks nice.
Question: What does your office look like?
Answer: It uses XYZ colour scheme and has lots of tables and chairs.
Question: What does your [ideal] office look like?
Answer: I wish it had....
[For background: I am not big into being pedantic about 'correct' grammar, but areas where small mistakes do create hours worth of confusion, sometimes magnitudes of effect more (particularly within global collaborative environments).]