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Team Talk: Show us your workstation

You have probably spoken to us in support tickets and on our community forums, and you've likely seen our photos.

But what about our workstations? What do they reveal about our personalities? Do none of our team have lights in their office?

Mark H
This is an old picture [Not as old as your Facebook photo -Ed], I now have a 4K monitor in the center, attached via Thunderbolt to my MBP. But that image was taken when I used my PC, a now-old EVGA x79 Dark mobo, i7 3930k, twin GTX 580's, and all watercooled.
When I game, I swap out the leads so the PC can use all 3.
At the moment I'm revisiting an old, but still apparently very popular game. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.

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Where's the light switch?

Marc S
For my main machine I have a late 2014 iMac with 2 x iiyama external monitor, which I spend most of my day on.

When out of the house or just generally wanting a break from the office, I have a MacBook pro. Great for what it is, but I hate sitting on a laptop [You're supposed to sit in front of it -Ed], so I'm generally found hiding away in my office.

When I'm not responding to tickets from you lovely lot, I'm generally doing some of my own development. As a Windows developer primarily [That explains a lot -Ed], I have parallels desktop set up so I can work with visual studio and sql server as if they were native mac applications. I also spend a fair amount of time with Ableton live and Logic, where I play about with trance production, as its something nice to immerse yourself in during spare time.

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Who let the dogs out?

Jim M
The few, the proud, the Windows users of IPS [We only keep them so we can assign all IE bugs to them -Ed]. Love my two 27" Dell monitors. Plan to add a third eventually. I may also be a big Tom Petty fan.

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Our Tom Petty fan

Matt M
I switched from a desktop only set up to the new retina MacBook Pro last year. It's nice to work in the office with the LG monitors but have the flexibility of unplugging and taking the MacBook with me to work elsewhere [What? Like the garden? -Ed]

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Clowns, Drug Lords and Funny Men

Daniel
It took hours to clean up for a picture. [This is literally all Daniel supplied as text for this month's blog. For example, he could have pointed out the little keypad thing shown under the right hand monitor which acts like an app launcher, but didn't. So thought I would -Ed]

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Precise angles and a lot of work to clean up

Ryan
My office is actually going through a slow renovation process so that it can double as an office as well as a studio, so this will all likely change in a few months (you can see color swatches for paint options on the left) [We can't see anything. You have an expensive Philips Hue set up but clearly never switch it on -Ed]. I'm currently working through a Late 2014 iMac Retina 5k, and apparently I'm one of the few that doesn't have any external monitors (I used to, but I find them cumbersome most of the time, so I took them down [Were you holding them up yourself? -Ed]). When working remotely, I use a 2011 13" MacBook Pro.

My favorite thing, though, is the "poster" I have on the right - my father gave it to me for my thirtieth birthday this year, and it's actually a sheet of uncut one dollar bills (funnily enough, though, there are actually 32 rather than 30).

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Coke and Coffee

Mark W
I'm currently in the process of moving from the UK to Australia so I don't really have an office right now, but this is what my office back home looks like [it's always this tidy. He is obsessive -Ed]:

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Captain Raymond Holt

Jennifer
2 x 32" inch curved Samsung Monitors a 4K Samsung Smart TV. Razer Chroma Keyboard, Razer Chroma Death Adder, Corsair Yellow Jacket Headphones and a really awesome PC.
I am basically surrounded by screens [FYI, keep an eye on J.A.R.V.I.S, he has a Vision -Ed].

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Tony Stark's first set up

Stuart
Up until this month my wife has been studying in Cardiff, so half of my time has been spent working on a dining table in our apartment [Can't wait to see how the table turned out, if you've spent a month on it -Ed].

Now, back home I have my desk set up with the worlds largest laptop [Dear reader, you have no idea -Ed](i7-4720HQ, GTX960M, 16GB Ram, 17.1" 1080p)  connected to an external 22" 1080p monitor. We're still in the middle of restoration so my office is really the lowest priority buy my long term plans include a standing desk, Surface Book 2 (or similar) with twin external 4k displays. Those two PC towers aren't really used anymore (one is Windows Server 2008 which used to be used as a local file server, the other is my old gaming PC)

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We're huge fans of LEGO®

Andy
Like Mark I’m constantly on the move so my working environment tends to be wherever I can find that’s quiet with a good Internet connection. When I’m “home” though my office looks like this: [Seriously, switch on a light -Ed]

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Dark and moody, just like his coffee

So there we go. We've exposed our team's set ups, expressed our concern about a lack of lighting in many offices and found out who had to tidy up their desk before taking a photo.

We'd love to see your workstations too, post them below!

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I tried to use the available space and use a configuration with Santech N87. I gradually improved the desk by sawing the shelf in three and bought 4 partial extraction guides to have the possibility to slide each floor.
Finally I installed an Arctic Z1 to be able to move at will the monitor especially when I have to work with friends.

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It lacks the orderliness of everybody else's, I feel, but it's my attempt to look modern: two monitors with a laptop docked to them, etc. But yeah ... cables everywhere, shoved off to the side where they won't get in the way. And try not to notice that the main monitor is millimetres too tall for its location when connected to its own stand, so I've had to knock up a fairly rubbish wooden frame for it and wedge it in there. At least I have lighting, though! (It's a strip light, Matt, for added points!)

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My little workspace ?

Monitor

  • Dell U2917W 21:9

PC Specs

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 8600k 6x4.3GHz
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB, DDR4, 2x8GB, 3000MHz, CL15
  • Cooling: CPU be quiet! Pure Rock
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX960 4GB ASUS STRIX
  • Motherboard: MSI Z370 TOMAHAWK

Image

  • Original Mona Lisa ?

Other

  • Wacom One Medium
  • Cat from childhood (8 years old)

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Well if we're sharing he's mine. 

  • 2017 iMac Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 3.4GHz i5, 16GB Ram
  • MacBook Retina 12 Inch 2017, 1.4GHz i7, 16GB Ram
  • iPad Pro 10.5 Inch
  • HomePod 

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Apple fanboy? not at all, I just like things that work. I do have a window device as well behind me.

  • 78 Inch white UPVC, white plastic leaded, air cooling. (desperately needs a clean)

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1 hour ago, Trevor Catt said:

Can I ask those who are working with MacBook Pro (twin Thunderbolt)....what system/components do you use to run the external monitors?

I have the latest MBP (USB-C) and just plug them in via a USB-C to mini display port cable. Nothing special required.

49 minutes ago, Stuart Silvester said:

@Daniel F can break anything Apple, whether it's hardware or software.

He really can.

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On 5/30/2018 at 2:35 PM, Ryan Ashbrook said:

I didn't include specs, but here they are for my iMac. Aside from a brief issue I had a month or so ago, it runs like it did the day I got it. The hard drive is a 3TB Fusion Drive.

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And I have the same iMac, which also runs the same as the day I bought it. In fact I bought mine after seeing a pic of Ryans on his desk looking awesome. :D They are great bits of kit

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@Stuart Silvester, why the A1 steak sauce next to the computer..... That should be refrigerated ?

 

2017 27” iMac 5K 16GB Radeon Pro 580 8G

HP Mediasmart server 

Netgear X10 R9000 router

Cyber power Pure Sinewave UPS

Multiple controllers for NES/SNES/N64 emulators

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8 hours ago, SkimPappa said:

why the A1 steak sauce next to the computer..... That should be refrigerated ?

I was waiting for someone to notice! ?

You can't buy it in the UK, when my brother visits from California he brings some and likewise when we go to California we take some English things you can't easily get over there (mostly Quavers and Flakes). Fortunately, it only needs to be in the fridge after opening!

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Unfortunately I do not appear to have a working camera at this moment in time, however I do have an older pic and it has not changed *that* much:

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Mainly the difference between that pic and now:

1. The 'giant button' phone (some people mocked this but I quite liked it!) is no longer there

2. The tower unit under the desk was a AMD PhenomX6 unit, this has been replaced with a HP Workstation tower (couple of Xeon's in it)

3. The tiny desktop which was just asking at a 'monitor plinth' is no longer there either.

Otherwise, its just the same. ?

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On 6/1/2018 at 2:08 AM, Jennifer M said:

These are my actual PC specs for the "Powerful PC" thing:
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Running a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. Probably getting a VR setup within the next year.

Huh I also have an I buy power.... Nice!

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On 6/5/2018 at 10:04 PM, AndyF said:

Unfortunately I do not appear to have a working camera at this moment in time, however I do have an older pic and it has not changed *that* much:

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Mainly the difference between that pic and now:

1. The 'giant button' phone (some people mocked this but I quite liked it!) is no longer there

2. The tower unit under the desk was a AMD PhenomX6 unit, this has been replaced with a HP Workstation tower (couple of Xeon's in it)

3. The tiny desktop which was just asking at a 'monitor plinth' is no longer there either.

Otherwise, its just the same. ?

Nice creation. as awnerd

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I never thought about why someone would use multiple monitors, but it's pretty obvious now... and it does get annoying switching between multiple programs on 1 monitor when working on something.

And I bet it comes in really handy for gaming, but I don't pc game.

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