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We did this before, but perhaps it’s time to do it again. Post a screenshot of your computer, preferably working, or better yet, a picture of your desk! I’ll start with a real screenshot from real hardware - in fact, it’s what I used to post a few posts to Lobsters. Real computers have two CPU sockets… actually, slots.

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      This is the greatest thing.

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        The little lobster on it is a great touch.

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          Back to the Mac?

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            XModem to the Mac

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              Not kermit?

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            This [L] menu looks really good! Is this some terminal client for lobste.rs?

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              You can access the BBS via the web, or you can telnet or SSH to lobste.rs as well.

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                I already liked lobste.rs, but now I love it.

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            This is the office I built into the top corner of the roofline in my loft; the machine itself is old-ish (most parts from 2011) but still works great and can play Overwatch at 60 FPS, which is all I care about :) Monitor spins between portrait and landscape, although portrait mode only works in Linux. http://static.haldean.org/battlestation.jpg

            awesome3, tmux, PragmataPro (+ Konsole to get the ligatures), vim. http://static.haldean.org/screenshot.png

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              tenkeyless mechkeyboard, gaming mouse, portrait display, case with side open, oversized clamp to hang headphone.

              Wow you are all over the place

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                Balance is achieved through tension :)

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                That is a nice keyboard. What model is it?

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                  It’s this one. I split my time between that and a Kinesis Advantage; the Kinesis is currently at my desk at work.

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                  Wow, I really like that portrait monitor.

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                  My 3 year old wanted me to share his “battlestation”: http://imgur.com/a/xldXE

                  1st generation OLPC XO laptop. A bit slow, but gets the job done!

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                    This is super awesome :D

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                      Oh, is that the Sugar interface on there ? Would love to hear more how he uses it :-)

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                        Yeah, Sugar. Mostly he plays with the robot voice application (the one that’s currently open). He likes to type his name and have the robot read it back to him. Or, random letters and digits to see what the robot will say. Other than that, he likes the maze application and logo though he still needs my help with logo.

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                          Heh, I have an XO-1 running here too, though I don’t really have it doing anyways - I’d like to put OpenBSD on it, but it’s stupidly PC incompatible, and to put the “XP” (read; BIOS) firmware, you need a hardware flasher.

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                          Battlestation and screenshot. i3wm, vim, (unseen) IntelliJ.

                          Desktop is fairly old, rockin’ a first-gen Core i7. Screen was the best investment I ever made. Windows dual boot for games and a stand for my laptop (can’t work on work stuff from desktop).

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                            Interesting, so you use IntelliJ for Java and vim for C++?

                            If so, isn’t that like a pretty hard context switch? Or do you get used to it? Do you use something to have vim keybindings in IntelliJ?

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                              I use IdeaVim while in IntelliJ which does help. That said, I don’t do a ton of C++, so it’s already a bit awkward of a switch. In the screenshot I was exploring how to add more protoc extension points to Java generated protobufs which does require some C++ work.

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                              What resolution screen is that? I’m thinking about getting an ultra wide for coding. I figure it’s got to be even better than 2 big monitors. Has it made much difference for you?

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                                3440x1440. It’s the Dell U3417W FR3PK 34-Inch (Amazon Link, no referral). I have to say, it’s changed my outlook on screens completely. I used to like two monitors side by side, but found myself tending to use one or the other primarily with misc stuff on one. This is like having two monitors but without the bezel in between, meaning I can have the two monitor experience but also have things right in the middle. I can have my editor fullscreen with multiple files open side-by-side, or Chrome+editor, or as you can see in the screenshot, editor, terminals, and Chrome.

                                It’s made programming so much better for me. Gaming too ;) – but it forced an upgrade to a 1080GTX to push that many pixels smoothly in games.

                                One thing that takes a few hours to get used to is the curve. I love it now, I had issues with it for the first hour or two. But now occasionally I’ll see a flat screen and it’ll look like it’s convex now since my brain is used to compensating for the curve. :)

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                                  Nice! There’s a new AOC monitor that’s about $100 more (I think) but it has G-Sync, so I’ve been thinking about getting one of them. I have a theory that ultrawides will really catch on for programming - the productivity gain from having everything you need visible on one panel, with whatever layout you need, seems great.

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                                    I have a single UHD at work. It’s pretty nice, but I find myself missing the ultrawide. I think they’re really catching on for programming and gaming. Plus, you can manipulate 1080p content stupid easily.

                                    Some ultrawides have a curve, some don’t. I’d recommend the curve.

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                                What keyboard is that? While we’re at it what’s the mouse too?

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                                  Original Logitexh G15 with LCD. Cyborg RAT7 mouse. I love my G15. Macro keys, and a switch to disable the meta key.

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                                  if it was a wider shot, I would say it was featured on http://minimaldesks.com/ :-)

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                                    Oh boy, there are some nice setups on that site. Maybe I’ll take a better shot when the sun is up.

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                                    Why do your Chrome tabs look different to mine? Is that a Chrome theme of some sort?

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                                      Because I’m using Firefox. I have the Compact Light theme enabled which can be found in about:addons > Appearance. Signal, the desktop client which is technically a Chrome app is the reason you’re seeing it in my dock.

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                                        That’ll be why then! Never noticed that Firefox setting before, thanks o/

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                                    Typically I am in my “remote office”.. when that fails (it’s raining outside and the greenhouse is too hot :P) I fall back to the standing desk

                                    Screenshot of my main system and a shot of my lab

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                                      Ah, I always loved the idea of a writer’s shed! :-) Very nice!

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                                        Doing it in a greenhouse or something. That’s unique. Whats the benefits vs the drawbacks as you experience them?

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                                          Pros are defiantly peace of mind, good smells, tasty snacks.

                                          Cons seem to only be around posture - not being at the standing desk takes a toll on my posture for sure.

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                                        Here’s mine.

                                        https://imgur.com/a/Je741

                                        I am particularly proud of the desk itself. I made it myself, it is completely screw and glue free, only made of wooden joints.

                                        Otherwise it is a random 5 year old custom configuration. I have a generic Chinese mechanical keyboard bought on ebay which feels and sound great!

                                        I am not particularly original when it comes to software.

                                        For the productive part:

                                        • Archlinux
                                        • Gnome 3
                                        • Neovim

                                        For the procrastination part:

                                        • Low latency sound card.
                                        • Guitar rig + Ableton live.
                                        • Electric guitar and accordeon.
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                                          That is a beautiful desk :) IMO the aesthetic matches nicely with the teapot

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                                          My physical desk with it’s four computers (one for work) and the typical feline accoutrement. The computer desktop doesn’t show up, but it’s boring anyway (StumpWM, Emacs, tmux).

                                          And yes, that’s an old school Blackberry in the corner.

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                                            https://p.janouch.name/a/42f0f61e.png https://p.janouch.name/a/fd19af12.jpg

                                            I don’t really know what to show. Mostly utilitarian. I’d like a good screen but that’s ~$1200 and LCDs suck.

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                                              My home office in daylight. Back then (~2 years ago), I had a docked Lenovo X220 running Ubuntu 12.04 and a Samsung Chromebox running ChromeOS.

                                              Here’s the new battlestation setup. Now, I have a Mac Mini running OS X and a Lenovo X1 Carbon (4th Gen) running Ubuntu GNOME 17.04.

                                              Main desk is a Geekdesk (motorized sit/stand) with a custom glass top. All the rest of the details in the photograph captions.

                                              As for my screenshot, I’m running GNOME 3 & gnome-shell (new for me, recently upgraded since Unity is now going away) with some extensions, and then I usually hang out in a terminal running zsh + vim, following this config.

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                                                I like the floating bookshelves. Finally, something easy I can do to organize the piles of books I have laying around.

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                                                  Here was the model I used to mount the books. I used 5 of them and used Edward Tufte books (large/thin/heavy print format) as the “shelves”. http://amzn.to/2rKaPZM

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                                                Angersock at work.

                                                Angersock at posting.

                                                There is also an impressive amount of computer gear and nicknacks and books around, but that’s in different spots.

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                                                  Circular keys? Doesn’t that get uncomfortable?

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                                                    Initially was really weird, but actually the contours help when touch typing.

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                                                      I’m spoiled now and it bugs me to go back to flat keycaps.

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                                                        Wait. Did you switch to circular keys?

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                                                          Not circular as seen from above like in the photo, but keycaps with rounded indentations on them to guide the fingers, which I think is what he meant by contours.

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                                                    Aren’t you friendly and appeased these days? I am confused.

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                                                      angersock is experimenting with being friendly for a month according to their profile.

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                                                        An unconventional person being a bit more unconventional as I see it.

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                                                        What is your work keyboard? It looks great!

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                                                          Rosewill keyboard with cherry blues and a custom keycap set. Was a gift from a friend for Christmas. :3

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                                                            Fantastic! I would pay good money for a similar keyboard. Any idea where a similar keycap set is available?

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                                                              One option is here. Silver like friendlysock’s picture.

                                                              Right now it looks like Massdrop is also selling a keyboard with them already attached, and in a few flashy colors as well. The keyboard itself looks a little more tailored to the concept of a “retro typewriter” as well.

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                                                        This is a picture of my lackrack (it is a bit blurry, sorry about that). Most of my active machines are stacked there, except noisy servers are at colo and laptops have a separate shelf. Keyboard and monitor for the grey/black desktop are in a different room where I pulled USB and HDMI cables through the wall, next to Ethernet cabling.

                                                        The rack started out small in 2007 (edit: no, it was in 2010), and within that same year it was growing up fast.

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                                                          Out of interest how do you fix the different tables together? I’m guessing with it that tall they’re not just balanced freely (?)

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                                                            With angle joints and wood screws.

                                                            Lack table legs aren’t made of solid wood. The screw pierces the wooden surface of the leg, which is enough to provide stability. But it won’t withstand violence. And replacing the screw eats away at the wood around the hole so that should be avoided.

                                                            Apparently, to provide better stability, one could saw the feet off the legs, get rid of the wooden fluff which fills the leg, and glue a wooden bar of suitable circumference into the leg instead. I haven’t done that, though.

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                                                          In the middle of the night of course.

                                                          Battlestation, Screenshot

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                                                            That terminal-colors tool looks useful!

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                                                              It’s actually just a rewrite of the little script at the end of this page because I didn’t want to use bash! Much slower though, but that doesn’t matter really.

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                                                                What window manager is that, if I may ask?

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                                                                  It is bspwm.

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                                                                Battlestation and Screenshot

                                                                I do most of my work on a Linux workstation as it’s faster for me. My window manager is XMonad. I use the same version controlled configuration on all my work machines, located here.

                                                                I work at a 9 foot long dining table, partly so that guests can pair with me or work on their own stuff, partly because I hate typical office desks.

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                                                                  Here are some screenshots: https://imgur.com/a/o7POk. I’m mainly an Emacs user, but I’m having fun toying around in acme for small edit jobs.

                                                                  • Thinkpad T470, 1920x1080
                                                                  • Evoluent VerticalMouse4 Wireless
                                                                  • Void Linux
                                                                  • Acme editing a Rust project (windows: 2 .rs files, directory listing, short git log, git diff, terminal window)
                                                                  • Emacs editing the same Rust project (windows: 2 .rs files, magit, M-x shell; theme: home made)
                                                                  • lemonbar
                                                                  • Editor font: Go Mono (since switched back to Iosevka Term)
                                                                  • Lemonbar font: Lucida Grande
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                                                                    What is that game?

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                                                                      Super Mario World-theme world map. Just a static wallpaper.

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                                                                        I thought it was SF2 at first before your reply but that’s what you were listening at the time :-)

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                                                                          The third world should’ve been Africa :P

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                                                                        ACME! Nice! :)

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                                                                        I built a standing desk. It’s generally covered in crap. My car doesn’t have a front license plate holder, that’s why the plate is on my desk. My MacBook sits in the empty space on the right when it’s there. I mostly use the desktop for gaming.

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                                                                          My Homeoffice setup with self-build loudspeakers, some MIDI controllers, a synthesizer and my two work horses, a pretty old first-generation i7 with 12GB of RAM which I mainly use for audio stuff and my daily driver, an Lenovo X220 with 16GB RAM and battery slice. I am so happy with my X220 that I don’t want to upgrade to a newer machine any time soon, I also got 10h of battery life (with the additional battery slice). All machines are running Arch Linux with vanilla Gnome.

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                                                                            Nice! What sort of synth is that on the right? What music software do you run on Linux?

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                                                                              The synth is a Oberheim OB-12 in nearly mint condition. Unfortunately, it is not my own synthesizer and I will have to give it back in some months. I am using Bitwig 2.1 over jack2-dbus, Bitwig’s modulators are a killer feature and their controller API (JS, since 2.0 even Java) allows to use nearly any device with Bitwig, automatic controller mapping to the selected effect/device is also possible.

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                                                                                Ah yeah, I was thinking maybe Oberheim or PPG. I forgot Bitwig runs on Linux, that’s really cool. Specially been thinking about looking more into it as 2.1 (I think) supports slaving to beat clock, which would be really useful for me. Nice one :-)

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                                                                              Here is a link to my dotfiles.

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                                                                                What desk is that? I’m having trouble finding anything like it on Amazon.

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                                                                                  It is an old IKEA desk which is not sold anymore, it is from the Galant series IIRC. Pretty sturdy and has 5 adjustable legs, I bought it for 50 Euros on eBay. Dimensions are 1.6m x 1.2m

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                                                                                My desk is an IKEA tabletop and a set of legs with a hand crank that were cheap. The stool is also IKEA, and, uh, not comfortable.

                                                                                My desktop is Debian (Buster, now!) running i3, apt, and a Chrome session with some things I was looking up for work.

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                                                                                  Home office on an overcast day.

                                                                                  Screen at the moment is boring default macOS, so not really worth screenshotting.

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                                                                                    Gorgeous view.

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                                                                                      One of the main perks of living far away from everything is that I can afford a nice view on a modest salary. :-) I pay about the same for a 2-bd apartment with an ocean view here as I used to pay for a 1-bd converted garage apartment in Santa Cruz, CA!

                                                                                      Not the place if you like city living— nearest significant city is Plymouth, 90 mins away; nearest big city and reasonable airport is Bristol, about 3 hours. But nice for the outdoors.

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                                                                                      Lovely colour scheme. What is it?

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                                                                                        I like those top rectangles! What’s that ?

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                                                                                        My IKEA shelf standing desk: https://goo.gl/photos/SMmcJ9vvYLYTSbJ6A

                                                                                        Setup has been much improved by borrowing my cofounder’s HiDPI monitor while he’s abroad :D

                                                                                        Using i3wm, tmux, PragmataPro Mono, neovim.

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                                                                                          Taken with potatophone and not very tidy, but here we go.

                                                                                          A screenshot of one of vdesktops.

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                                                                                            Caught my desk on a good day, it’s often not that tidy. Computer is a mid-2011 iMac 27”, dual quad-core i7, 24GB RAM, booting off that 500GB LaCie SSD, which makes it really snappy. I keep eyeing the Retina iMacs enviously, but can’t justify buying one because there’s literally nothing wrong with this one - apart from having a video card replaced for free by Apple in a product recall, it’s still going strong and performing really nicely, 6 years later. Desktop is just plain MacOS Sierra, vim/tmux in Terminal, nothing fancy there. Monitors are Yamaha HS8s.

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                                                                                              Potato quality battlestation pic

                                                                                              Desktop

                                                                                              • Void linux
                                                                                              • CWM
                                                                                              • Neovim
                                                                                              • mksh
                                                                                              • dots

                                                                                              On my Asus ZenBook laptop, I run GuixSD with GNOME.

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                                                                                                  Colour temperature is way off, but CBF correcting it.

                                                                                                  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1549053/IMG_2464.jpg

                                                                                                  Yes it’s a fucking mess, no I’m not happy with it.

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                                                                                                    What goes in the big mug and what goes in the little one?

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                                                                                                      Or are they the same size…? o_0

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                                                                                                        I think I see what you’re saying. The one in the back looks wider on the top, though.

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                                                                                                        The big one is for plain water, the smaller one I use mainly for a mix of coke zero and cold-extract espresso that I like to start the day with.

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                                                                                                          Interesting combo.

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                                                                                                        Is the computer fast enough to handle all those screens? Mine tends to slow down once I connect more than one external display.

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                                                                                                          Yeah it’s fine performance-wise, but will overheat if you don’t have it open. They’re both 3840x

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                                                                                                          italian pack of cigarettes ? :-)

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                                                                                                            Yay, I’m italian!

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                                                                                                            How much storage do you have on the Chromebook?

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                                                                                                              16GB: I have an external HDD always with me with some music and large documents.

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                                                                                                              Pihole

                                                                                                              first time I heard of that , looks like https://github.com/conformal/adsuck/wiki back in the day.

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                                                                                                                I heard about this tool back in the days. I was using a very rude way on my nix boxes, curl directly in /etc/hosts.

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                                                                                                              Going with videos instead.

                                                                                                              Battle-station #1 - praise the ambience: hardware desktop

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                                                                                                                Oh I saw your post on /r/unixporn. Neat!

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                                                                                                                  wow … that’s a proper demo! do you really use that daily for work ?

                                                                                                                  don’t even going to ask how much time would it take to set it up but I’m curious about what software is there ? ;-)

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                                                                                                                    Not very often - a few times a week perhaps. My main workflow is a bit different, but even there I map the contents of the center window to the LEDs to help with eyestrain - with the RGB keyboard used to show current active set of keybindings. Software is here but it’s not an easy project to set up by any means, and no distribution packaging. The backlight LEDs and control aren’t much work(an arduino, a 1000uf capacitor, a 500ohm resistor and a few neopixels or similar) + the code.

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                                                                                                                  It isn’t much but: https://goo.gl/photos/5dA4d1ZSRTnquV1B7 Thinkpad T420s running Ubuntu 16.04 and desktop with Lubuntu 16.04. There’s a windows computer in there for games with a kvm switch to go back and forth. All in all, the setup gets the job done.

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                                                                                                                    Homestation http://i.imgur.com/aug4Kx0.jpg

                                                                                                                    Desk’s height is adjustable (Ikea Skarsta) and primary 27” 2k LCD is held by positionable holder (like this https://i.czc.cz/e310g0bsv0jhc8qpkhf0rekotc_1/obrazek). PC is custom made i5-4590 with 16GB RAM and ASUS GTX950-M-2GD5. Irony is that I built it two years back to play games, but every game I’ve tried failed to engage me. Now I can’t be bothered to switch from Linux Mint to Windows to even try to play. I am actively using 16 virtual desktops and Sublime text as an editor.

                                                                                                                    Work https://i.imgur.com/EIkMRtq.jpg

                                                                                                                    X220 with 8G RAM and 120G intel SSD. Also i5, but older and much slower. It is much more shittier environment compared to my homestation. Thinkpad is mine, because I didn’t want their shitty Dell

                                                                                                                    I find it sad, that you may have excellent home environment for like $1k, but as an programmer, you’ll get shitty desk, shitty display, shitty chair and shitty computer.

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                                                                                                                      My home office. I work on software defined radios, covering the “full stack” of electronics/RF, firmware, HDL, drivers, and digital signal processing so the equipment on hand has grown over time. The back of my office has wire shelves with other misc tools. Desks, lamps, etc are all from Ikea.

                                                                                                                      The two large monitors are attached to the Linux desktop who’s notable property is having four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports to work with the higher bandwidth radios. The small monitor is shared between a NUC running Windows (Skype, Outlook, misc equipment software) and the PXIe chassis which also runs Windows. I share the mouse and keyboard between the three machines using Synergy.

                                                                                                                      Audio is Wharfedale Diamond speakers driven by a Sonos and AKG K701s fed by an ODAC + OAMP combo.

                                                                                                                      https://goo.gl/photos/81jNonnzwdu8mKNq9

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                                                                                                                        Work station and desktop

                                                                                                                        Toshiba R830-13C (dmesg) running OpenBSD-current

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                                                                                                                          Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen gkrellm :) I guess the last time was from my own desktop circa 2001: http://wmhardrock.chez.com/ss.jpg

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                                                                                                                          battlestation(s). At work I run a company-issued Macbook using spectacles to get as close as possible to a TWM interface. Most of my work is done in emacs and an ssh terminal. Keyboard is a Das in Cherry Blues with o-rings. Dual 24” outboard displays.

                                                                                                                          At home I use a Dell XPS 15 for most of my programming. My home OS of choice is Arch Linux with Xmonad as my emacs and intellij bootloader. Nothing really fancy going on there, but it’s stable and I’ve come back to it time and time again.

                                                                                                                          The Dell and my gaming rig share a 4k monitor, and there’s a USB3 switch to swap my mouse and keyboard back and forth. The desktop is a brand spanking new i7 + EVGA 1080 build which I haven’t put Linux on (yet).

                                                                                                                          Synology NAS for visible on the bottom shelf. It gets used mainly for backups (borg backup is amazing), torrents and blobstore.

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                                                                                                                            Battlestation pic I took last week and screenshot from right now. That Millennium print-out has my face ’shopped on, cuz I wore an all-white outfit last week for fun, and my coworkers found it hilarious.

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                                                                                                                              I thought this would be 84 comments with photos of lobsters fighting. This is okay too I guess.

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                                                                                                                                Two older battlestation setups, current, and a couple of screenshots.

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                                                                                                                                  Work: http://imgur.com/a/8RS7R

                                                                                                                                  Home later.

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                                                                                                                                    Are those hourglasses for pomodoro?

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                                                                                                                                      They are, 25 and 5.

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                                                                                                                                    Battlestation and screenshot.

                                                                                                                                    • MacBook Pro 13” (late 2013)

                                                                                                                                    • Dell U2715H

                                                                                                                                    • Standard MacOS Sierra

                                                                                                                                    • iTerm, NeoVim, Tmux, Chrome

                                                                                                                                    • Hammerspoon for automation and window management

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                                                                                                                                      Don’t have a battlestation picture but here are some screenshots