If you’ve ever wondered how my workstation looks like, above is a photo of my desktop taken a few months ago. As you can see, I am a
firm believer on how a multi-monitor setup can increase productivity; you can read Increase Your Productivity with an Additional Monitor for more about what I have to say on this topic. And yes, Bill Gates is also known to use three monitors.
There are other hardware that makes up my workstation, though not everything can be seen here – I’ve listed them below instead.
- 2x Samsung P2350 – 23″ LCD monitors @1920 x 1080 resolution
- Samsung 223BW 22″ LCD monitor @ 1680 x 1050 resolution
- Ergotron LX Dual side-by-side arm (Review)
- Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD arm
- Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital operating in dual output configuration (Review)
- Apple Wireless Keyboard (3 battery version) (Review)
- Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 (BlueTrack sensor, nano transceiver) (Mention)
- DisplayLink USB to DVI adapter
- Andrea NC-181 Headset with Noise-canceling Microphone
- Logitech USB 2.0 Hub (with AC adapter)
And anchoring the entire workstation would be my (almost) two-years-old Sony Z series VGN-Z16GN which is 13.1″ @ 1600 x 900 resolution that has been revved up with a Samsung PB22-J MLC 128GB solid state drive (SSD). (Review) Sony Singapore declined to assist or offer advice on swapping out the pre-installed 4,200rpm HDD, I did it myself.
(Upgrading the HDD involves dismantling part of the laptop) Check out the harrowing installation process with photos here.
Moving on, the network side of things are powered by the following hardware:
- Linksys WRT310N (802.11 b/g/n in 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz, 5-port gigabit Ethernet ports)
- Linksys WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander (Review)
- Samsung SCX-4623F Multifunctional Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Fax)
- IOGEAR USB 2.0 Multi-Function Print and Storage Server (Review)
- Synology DS210+ NAS Server (Mention)
- Peplink Balance 380 multi-WAN router (Mention, Review)
- Huawei UMTS Femtocell Access Point (Mention, Not working for me; have returned it)
At the moment, my Internet service is a 30Mbps cable broadband (2Mbps up) with 6Mbps ADSL (512Kbps up) load-balanced via the Peplink Balance 380. Algorithm used is weighted balance for HTTP (10/3 in favor of cable), persistence for HTTPS and priority to cable for all other traffic.
Finally, for music:
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