My Computer Headquarters

My office/Computer Headquarters is a single room in our new house.
Previously, my computer was always relagated to a corner, nook, or closet - Now it gets its own room - Hooray!

 

My Computer
My Computer Keyboard: I'm still not using one of the standard Apple keyboards. While I like the aluminum with chiclet styling, the ergonomics of that keyboard aren't comfortable for me. For many years (appx 10 years), I used an Adesso Tru-Form ergonomic keyboard: Model EKB-2100. Despite it's problems handling powered USB peripherals (any use caused continuous restarts after any operator initiated system restart), it served me well for many years. In February of 2009, I bought a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard. The Microsoft keyboard features an ergonomic design, augemented with numerous customizable hot/favorites keys, internet/media keys, integrated palm rest, and an outstanding design - Microsoft makes some good stuff. This keyboard is one of their better products. I used that Microsoft keyboard for many years (9 years), and I still own it. It's the same model that my employer offers as an Ergonomic option. If necessary, I'll bring it back. In 2018 (for Christmas), I bought a new ergonomic keyboard; one with a superior design (or so I've been led to believe). I'm now using a Kinesis Freestyle2 Keyboard for Mac (9 inch Standard Separation). Combined with the VIP3 Accessory Kit (KIN-FS-VIP3), this keyboard can be tilted and angled in a manner to produce a highly customized typing experience. My wrists, hands and forearms are already appreciating the fact that I can use the keyboard more comfortably than I ever thought possible. Apple's Magic Trackpad is the best mouse I've ever used. It takes some getting used to, but this device transforms your hand and fingers into your mouse. If you've ever suffered hand strain from using a mouse (like I do at work), you'll be very pleased with the increadibly natural feel when you start using your hand as your mouse. The iMac's built in monitor comes equipped with a built in FaceTime HD camera. The built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera (with an ambient light sensor) lets you make video calls that are so clear, it seems like everyone's in the same room. Make FaceTime calls from your iMac to any FaceTime-enabled Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The video is supported with the iMac's dual noise-canceling microphones. The camera has an indicator light that illuminates when the camera is in use, but it doesn't have a manual shutter like the old Apple iSight camera, and I can't disconnect it at will like a second party USB camera. Bose Companion 3 - Series II mulimedia speaker system iMac (27-inch, 5K retina display 2019). This is my second iMac (all-in-one desktop). Previously, I used to purchase the Mac Pro line. In comparisons of computing power for my needs, I now find that the iMac line has sufficient power to handle my computing needs. You no longer need a Mac Pro to do video editing, rendering, production. In the past, the iMac line couldn't adequately handle this type of application (in my opinion). Since occassional video production is now my most CPU/Graphics intensive application, I can easily switch over to the iMac line for my needs. The iMac doesn't come with any media drives (CD or DVD). I purchased a USB SuperDrive for any disk reading/writing needs. Model MD564ZM/A is a slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVDA±R DL (double-layer)/DVDA±RW/CD-RW). Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 6x speed. Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speedWrites DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed. Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed. Writes CD-R discs atup to 24x speed. Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16xspeed. Reads CDs at up to 24x speed. Also pictured here (the drives are stacked) is a SEA Tech Aluminum external USB Blu-Ray writer Super Drive. One external drive is not enough. I needed a Blu-Ray reader, but wouldn't be content unless I could also write to Blu-Ray discs, just in case. I purchased this drive from Amazon. On the back is a label which indicates that this is a 'Archgon' Ultra Slim Optical Drive Model: MD-8107-U3. Apparently it has a Panasonic Blu-Ray device inside. According to documentation I was able to find online, this drive is able to read and write to the following formats: CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. It can read UHD 4K BD, but it can't write to the UHD Blu-Ray discs. I use it to read Blu-Ray discs. I use a second monitor with my iMac. This secondary monitor is connected to my iMac's video card (it can support two monitors) using a Club 3D CAC-1510 (USB-C) to DVI-D Dual Link Adapter. The second monitor is a Dell UltraSharp 30" monitor - 3007WFP-HC. LCD / Widescreen Flat-panel. The monitor is running in it's max resoltion configuration of 2560x1600 @60hz. I mounted the second monitor on the wall behind and above my iMac desktop (see the photo above) using a Mounting bracket for the 30” monitor - VideoSecu Long Articulation LCD LED TV Monitor Flat Panel TV Wall Mount, 20 inch extension 55lb loading capacity VESA 75mm/100mm 1US. In November of 2017, I purchased an iPad Pro. The 10.5 inch model works well as an playing aid for my D&D campaign. I also use the iPad Pro when we're on the go, or traveling for extended periods of time. Along with the iPad, I also purchased a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. Next time around I won't purchase an Apple Pencil, I'm just not using it enough to justify another purchase of the pencil. The keyboard though, that's essential. Typing on a keyboard is far superior to typing with the built in touch-screen keyboard is no fun. In December of 2007, I purchased an iPod Classic (160gb). This workhorse has served me well over the last 10+ years. With 160gb of storage I thought that I'd never run out of space. Well, guess what? In 2019, I came perilously close. I had to actually delete some tracks (some promotional compilations) in order to make room for new music. What a shame. Then in November of 2019, I upgraded to macOS 10.15.1 (Catalina), and that really did a number on my old Classic iPod. While I can still sync music, the podcasts are messed up. They sync, but changes to the way the Music application handles libraries has made the Podcast menu on the iPod classic unreadable. Every podcast is named 'X' - That's not very helpful. The iPod still works, but I don't think I'll be able to use it for podcasts anymore. The iPhone. In November of 2017, Kim and I purchased new iPhones. I got an iPhone 8+ and she got an iPhone 8. We've been buying iPhones every two years, but this time around we opted not to buy a new phone. The cycle of purchase got delayed a year because of a delay in buying a new computer, so we're one year off. We probably won't get a new phone until November of 2020, and who knows what model will be available by then. We might even switch providers before/by then. In Sep of 2019, I purchased an iPod Touch (with 256GB of storage) to replace my Classic iPod (160GB), which is quickly running out of storage space. The iPod touch will primarily be used to serve up music on the road. Whenever we're driving; to and from work, on road-trips, across town. I'll connect it to the Dension GW500 device installed in my Volvo XC90 - Let the 'Good Tunes Roll'
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Some equipment is not pictured: See my computer page for additional details.

Computer Room - In our new house
Command Center
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Computer Room - Prior to the new office
The old computer room was a bit cramped - Here's two views
Ouch - That's a bit cramped - How cramped?
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Author: Robert L. Vaessen e-mail:
Last Updated: 06 March 2020