Since starting working for VMware last January, I had to revamp my work from home setup, previously I was on the road almost on a daily basis and that made me lean towards a more “mobile” setup, now that I spend most of my working days sitting in my home office I wanted to enhance and optimize my work setup as much as possible.
Let’s start with the basics, a good computing device.
Macbook Retina 15″ is probably one of the best laptop out there, and more importantly, it’s very fast out of the box, built-in SSD, loads of RAM (16GB) and three possible external video outputs make it a real powerhouse so the choice was a no-brainer.
Next up, screen estate, and that’s when things get a little more complicated
I HATE working on a small screen but when you travel much, it’s a necessary evil, now with a stable working place, I wanted to maximize my screen estate as much as possible, enter my screen setup:
I bought a four monitor stand on Amazon (Allcam MDM07), at a bargain price, and I must admit it is better than I was anticipating, very well built and solid, my main screen is a Dell P2411H (24“), the upper screen is an old Samsung SyncMaster 205BW (20”) and the vertical one is a Dell U2212HM (21,5“). I will be replacing the main one with a Dell U2713HM very soon and move the 24” up where the old 20″ is.
All this pixel monstruosity is driven natively by the Macbook Retina, using DisplayPort to DVI adapters and an HDMI to DVI cable. To make a sense out all of this, I’m using Slate as a window manager, if you want to take a peek at my slate config, I suggest you to check out my dotfiles on github.
For my whiteboarding needs I reused an old Wacom Bamboo tablet that my wife discarded a while ago, it has pressure sensors and it’s perfect for left handed people like me.
I also reused an old Airport Express base station that was a staple of my hotel stays for a while (where internet was delivered in room as wired only it was a real life saver ) to provide a speaker endpoint for the house, so my wife and I can Airplay songs from our Macs or iOS devices, the speakers are JBL Creature III, small but very powerful (and with a decent bass).
On the leftmost side of the pic, a few external WD hard drives used as Time Machine backup and generic slow storage, plus an old Cisco 7940 that serves as my main VoIP phone (its speakerphone is great for confcalls).
And that’s about it, I must confess that now, when I leave my home office to work in a remote location, I miss all this :).