About 5 years ago, we redid my office. Well, now that there’s another little being on the way, my office is transforming back to bedroom form. So i had to update my office again. This time, there ended up being a little… well, consolidation. An entire room of stuff is now in this:
Over the years, “Nerd Central”, as my office was once known, has slowly gone from 3 computers, 2 monitors, 2 printers, a television, surround sound receiver, a small mixer to manage the sound output to one set of speakers, and a huge random assortment of other electronics down to just a single desktop computer and xbox with a single monitor and computer speakers, and the 2 printers (one inkjet, one photo)
and now that setup has been slimmed down to pretty much the bare essentials. computer, monitor, printer, and 360.
Since this pic, some books and other assorted stuff fills in the empty shelves, but its working well so far. When I work from home, I can pull out the shelf above the keyboard, put the laptop there, and plug it into the monitor and network, and use the laptop keyboard and mouse separately from the desktop. It would be nice to have a usb+dvi kvm switch so I could use just one keyboard and mouse…It also looks like I could get a much bigger monitor to fit inside there, that would increase my productivity immensely!
There’s also a small shelf up against the wall (behind that door) that has some other assorted stuff, including the photo printer.
The nice thing is that when it is all closed up, it looks rather clean. I’m sure it will get a lot messier inside, but at least I can close it up and keep little people fingers away from all those tempting buttons and blinking lights. At this point, it doesn’t lock, so I’m thinking about adding a little lock to the top, so that Easy can’t open it up.
I also had to go back into the crawlspace yet again to run cat5 to that wall so that I have wired network access there. Wireless is fast, but it isn’t gigabit fast like everything else wired in the house.
So where did everything else go? Over the years, a lot of the “headless” stuff, like the webserver and the home media server have migrated to the garage, where the fiber comes into the house. The old CRT television was recycled years ago. A bunch of the books went to my office at work, I’ve kept some, recycled a huge amount, and have 2 stacks to go donate either to the library at work, the library, or whoever will take them. A lot of the other stuff is still in the process of being thrown out or being recycled.
About the only thing we don’t have a plan for so far is the huge collection of bobble-heads we have. There are shelves along two whole walls that are full of mariners, brewers, and assorted other bobble-heads. There hasn’t even been space for the 2 we’ve gotten this year!