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Re: New associate banter

Postby IAFG » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:14 pm

run26.2 wrote:
Cade McNown wrote:Potentially dumb Q: Anyone buy a desktop for work at home? Assuming you have the $$, thoughts?

I got a Mac Mini because it takes up less space and does everything I need. I have 2 monitors running through it, 1 vertical, 1 horizontal.

I want this.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby run26.2 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:18 pm

IAFG wrote:
run26.2 wrote:
Cade McNown wrote:Potentially dumb Q: Anyone buy a desktop for work at home? Assuming you have the $$, thoughts?

I got a Mac Mini because it takes up less space and does everything I need. I have 2 monitors running through it, 1 vertical, 1 horizontal.

I want this.

It was *relatively* cheap. I actually got one that was in great condition off eBay, and picked up 2 high res dell monitors from CL. The whole setup was under 1K.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby run26.2 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:20 pm

Cade McNown wrote:
thesealocust wrote:Least dumb question ever.
<-- blushing
thesealocust wrote:My desktop at home with 2 monitors has meant a lot more sleep and freedom - my favorite trick is sending out drafts of deal documents from home in the morning before leaving for the office. Commute is often just long enough to arrive to comments or signoff from the client 8)
Do you also find need for a printer and/or shredder? Thanks. edit: same Q to other poasters w/ desktop

I do have both of these things, but I hardly print work material at home. If I print anything, I do it at work. Then I take it back to work and dispose of it there.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:23 pm

run26.2 wrote:
IAFG wrote:
run26.2 wrote:
Cade McNown wrote:Potentially dumb Q: Anyone buy a desktop for work at home? Assuming you have the $$, thoughts?

I got a Mac Mini because it takes up less space and does everything I need. I have 2 monitors running through it, 1 vertical, 1 horizontal.

I want this.

It was *relatively* cheap. I actually got one that was in great condition off eBay, and picked up 2 high res dell monitors from CL. The whole setup was under 1K.

How big a PITA/much money would it be to get a set up like this at home but with a laptop docking deal instead?

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Old Gregg » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:27 pm

I have a Mac Pro (that I plan to upgrade to the trash can in December) with the biggest Apple Cinema Display. All the room it takes up, plus the desk, please my desk chair, and the room they sit in are also tax deductible. My home office has already paid for itself.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby thesealocust » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:34 pm

I don't have a scanner, but I've heard that it plus a printer can be a huge quality of life improvement for some transactional practices.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Headybrah » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:49 pm

run26.2 wrote:
Cade McNown wrote:Potentially dumb Q: Anyone buy a desktop for work at home? Assuming you have the $$, thoughts?

I got a Mac Mini because it takes up less space and does everything I need. I have 2 monitors running through it, 1 vertical, 1 horizontal.


what is point of one vertical one horizontal?

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Re: New associate banter

Postby run26.2 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:00 pm

dixiecupdrinking wrote:How big a PITA/much money would it be to get a set up like this at home but with a laptop docking deal instead?

Probably a bit more in price, I would guess, simply because I would tend to want to buy a new laptop. If I were going used, I would want at least Intel HD-3000 graphics (certain Sandy Bridge processors had this).

I haven't looked at Lenovo's new laptops, but I would guess you could find something there that would meet your needs in the $900 range, including the docking station. Then you would have to spring for the monitors ($150-200 each used in good condition). Just make sure Lenovo's docking stations support higher res displays, if that's the route you want to go.

ETA: According to Wikipedia, all mobile Sandy Bridge processors have HD 3000 graphics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge). But you should double check that. I have one of these processors in a laptop connected to a docking station that drives 2 hi-res external monitors.
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Re: New associate banter

Postby run26.2 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:02 pm

Headybrah wrote:
run26.2 wrote:
Cade McNown wrote:Potentially dumb Q: Anyone buy a desktop for work at home? Assuming you have the $$, thoughts?

I got a Mac Mini because it takes up less space and does everything I need. I have 2 monitors running through it, 1 vertical, 1 horizontal.


what is point of one vertical one horizontal?

You can put multiple (at least 3 on a high res) docs next to one another on the horizontal one. The vertical one is used to read long docs, so you're not constantly pushing page down, or to keep several long blocks of text in view on top of one another. It is a modest advantage to 2 monitors set up horizontally, IMO.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Anastasia Dee Dualla » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:13 pm

For the past four years or so, I've had an iMac with a dual monitor setup because of my graphics background. I love it for personal stuff, loved it for school, and think it will go over well with work stuff too once our training is over.

Edited because grammar eludes me.
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Re: New associate banter

Postby mr. wednesday » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:50 pm

Cade McNown wrote:Potentially dumb Q: Anyone buy a desktop for work at home? Assuming you have the $$, thoughts?

I get a work laptop (and am not allowed to do any work on any other computer--even access email) so I got a second monitor and a docking station for home. I thought I would be annoyed because I like really large screens, but laptop screen + second monitor works great. I just plug in the laptop to the dock and the mouse, keyboard and monitor all connect right away. Plus it's nice to never transfer any documents from one place to another.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby rad lulz » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:02 pm

I have remote access but I have used yet.

I will often print cases to read at home or find cases at home to read in the morning though

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Sup Kid » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:06 am

thesealocust wrote:I don't have a scanner, but I've heard that it plus a printer can be a huge quality of life improvement for some transactional practices.

This is very true. I have a desktop in the office, with a laptop, large second monitor, and printer/scanner at home. The scanner is key to work from home, since many times I need to mark-up a document and send it out (note, my scanner is the feed-through kind, which is so much better than the "lay page flat, put down cover, scan and repeat" kind). I don't have a shredder nor do I really have a need for one -- anything I print which is confidential I just bring to the office the next day and drop it in the shredding box there.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby rad lulz » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:11 am

Any scanner that's not feed through is crap

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Great Satchmo » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:23 am

Speaking of computer stuff, anyone here looking at comfort/ergonomics stuff?

Good wrist cushion/pads? Split keyboards?

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Re: New associate banter

Postby JCougar » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:30 am

Working on a response to a statement of facts. Our only soft copy is PDF, and not the kind that was converted from Word...the kind that was like faxed/scanned in.

Guess I have to retype all the facts opposing counsel laid out manually. Joke should be on him though, because it's accompanying a motion for attorney's fees, and we should win.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby snowpeach06 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:32 am

Great Satchmo wrote:Speaking of computer stuff, anyone here looking at comfort/ergonomics stuff?

Good wrist cushion/pads? Split keyboards?

Seconded. Need this shit, although my desk doesn't have a great setup for a keyboard anyway. It's at just the wrong height.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Old Gregg » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:47 am

das keyboard

/endthread.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby romothesavior » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:45 pm

The lack of feedback is a little weird after coming from school. Hard to know what the people assigning me work think of me so far. But some of them are coming back with more, so I suppose that means I'm not a total incompetent.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Old Gregg » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:51 pm

romothesavior wrote:The lack of feedback is a little weird after coming from school. Hard to know what the people assigning me work think of me so far. But some of them are coming back with more, so I suppose that means I'm not a total incompetent.


That's right. There's your feedback right there. As long as you're being continuously challenged, it's a strong signal of advancement.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby Stanford4Me » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:18 pm

Great Satchmo wrote:Speaking of computer stuff, anyone here looking at comfort/ergonomics stuff?

Good wrist cushion/pads? Split keyboards?

I need one of those back support thing to ensure I sit with good posture. Don't wanna be slouching all day.

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Re: New associate banter

Postby thesealocust » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:39 pm

Fresh Prince wrote:das keyboard

/endthread.


Yessss. I love my Das Keyboard (though my first one crapped out on me, so the build quality might not really be there...)

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Re: New associate banter

Postby 09042014 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:57 pm

thesealocust wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:das keyboard

/endthread.


Yessss. I love my Das Keyboard (though my first one crapped out on me, so the build quality might not really be there...)

Do either of you guys got the "no letters on the keys" one?

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Re: New associate banter

Postby thesealocust » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:12 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
thesealocust wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:das keyboard

/endthread.


Yessss. I love my Das Keyboard (though my first one crapped out on me, so the build quality might not really be there...)

Do either of you guys got the "no letters on the keys" one?


Yep. My greatest accomplishment was about 10 minutes late Christmas Eve 2009 when I was ranked #1 on typeracer.com (noted the time because it was, shall we say, 'off peak hours').

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Re: New associate banter

Postby unc0mm0n1 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:21 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I heard some firms used to give out technology stipends. Damn ITE!!!


Some still do.




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