Above is the Media Desk in my home office. I thought it would be fun to give you a virtual tour of the Media Desk, and around the rest of my home office...
Starting from the left you'll see:
- Macbook Pro with Turquoise Speck Cover
- Plantronics Wireless Headset
- Apple iPad w/Griffin stand & wireless Apple keyboard
- HP 20" 2010i Monitor (hooked up to Macbook)
- Blue Yeti Microphone
- Lenovo M90z Touch Screen ThinkCentre
- HP Officejet 6500 Wireless Printer
- Canon Vixia HD Camcorder & Tripod
My home office is set up in a large sunroom on the back of my house, which leads out to a covered deck. As you can see in the picture above, the back door is open - which is typical most days.
Slim and I like to come in and out throughout the day, and enjoy the sounds of birds or a nice rain on the tin roof.
More often than not Slim is lounging on the back deck, or right here beside my desk while I'm working. But he'll hop up in a second when I'm ready for a morning or evening walk! He is a 2 year old Great Dane, just under 110 pounds, and without a doubt my best friend in the world.
I have two desks in the office: my primary work desk (below) where I do most of my writing & research, and my media desk (above) which I use for creative/multimedia work.
I'm running several computers and quite a few devices. I use different computers & devices for different things, which I'll explain in more detail...
This (left) is my original and main workstation. A very small and simple "no clutter" desk for max productivity. That's a new Dell tower which is hooked up to Dual HP 20" Monitors.
I have a third 20" HP Monitor on my Media Desk, which serves as an external monitor for my Macbook Pro.
The Dell doesn't sit on the desk of course - I took that photo prior to hooking it up last week. It's a new replacement. I'm a big fan of Dell and their excellent customer service & support. And before you make any Mac-Lover comments, I started my business and achieved my first 10+ years of success on PC's.
Here's a current shot of the PC Desk (mess and all!):
If you ignore the shelves and cords (lol) you'll notice I keep my desk space clear. This is my spot to sit and write, to focus, and to plan. The less distraction the better.
The chair is super comfy too - it reclines, swivels and rocks!
My network currently includes two PC desktops (the Dell and a Lenovo M90z Touch Screen ThinkCentre), two PC laptops (one Dell, one HP), two original Apple iPads, two Apple iPods (one Touch, one Nano), a Blackberry, a Droid X, a Wireless HP Officejet printer, and a Macbook Pro.
In addition to the computers & portable devices, you'll notice the
Blue Yeti Microphone, which I use for podcasting - and a Wireless Plantronics Headset which I use to host webinars and for Skype chats/interviews.
The tripod to the right of my Media Desk holds a Canon VIXIA HF S20 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder, which is what I've been using to create all my recent videos.
Here's another shot where you can see the Canon HD Camcorder up close, as well as the Blue Yeti Microphone in the background. The mic is in front of the external monitor and beside the iPad. That's my new Griffin iPad Stand, by the way...
There are also two (very full) bookshelves, a 4' fishtank on a stand (currently empty), a media stand stacked with things I need to go through and put away (no telling how much mail is in that pile -ack!), and an old green recliner in the far corner that seriously needs to make it's way out the door - to be replaced by a big fluffy chair & ottoman, when I get around to it.
I'm in the process of replacing my white boards with maps and photos. My home office is the room that gets the most attention - it's always a work in progress.
^ This end of the Media Desk gets the most use. I use my Macbook Pro for video editing, podcasting, and of course grab it and go anytime I want to work mobile.
The external monitor usually has Things for Mac on the screen (my task list & project manager) so I can "keep an eye on things" (heh).
My Apple iPad is probably my least-used device. Shocking, I know. I do use it for mind mapping - I love the iThoughtsHD app. I also use it to read and watch movies, with the Kindle & Netflix apps being my two favorites.
The second iPad I mentioned is being used by my daughter. I won it in an affiliate contest, and it was a great way to keep her off of mine!
The Lenovo M90z Touch Screen ThinkCentre sits just a half-turn to my right at the Media Desk...
I originally wondered just how much
I would use a touch screen PC... but
I am finding it a lot more convenient (and fun) than I imagined!
My next venture will be to install Camtasia and Audacity on the ThinkCentre and try my hand
at touch screen audio & video editing.
That should be fun!
The Wireless Printer
I shot a quick video featuring the HP Officejet 6500 Wireless Printer. If you have as many devices running in your office as I do mine... you'll definitely want a wireless printer on your network!
"Which Computer Do You Use When, For What??"
I get that question a lot.
I bought the 13" Macbook Pro specifically for mobile video editing. It's such a handy little laptop (perfect size!) so I retired my HP laptop - to my daughter's room - and use the Macbook exclusively when I need a laptop. Whether I'm traveling to the other side of the world, or just the other side of the house.
As I mentioned earlier, I use my iPad for mind mapping (something I could never get the hang of on a PC). I also use it quite a bit for movies and reading. The Kindle app is particularly awesome because it syncs with the app on my Droid X - so no matter which one I have with me, I can pick right back up where I left off!
I use my PC Desk mainly for bookkeeping and writing, as well as for planning... and often for music because it has great speakers (lol).
I like that clear space as a focus spot.
The touch screen PC on my Media Desk is new, and at first was mainly "a toy".
But once I realized how efficient it was, and got used to the one large screen, I installed all my programs and files on it.
It has quickly become my most-used PC...
I love my setup and all the versatility it offers. Basically I use the best machine for the job at any given time. Or just the machine closest to me. LOL. I particularly like the versatility of Mac & PC and iPad/iPod & Android.
It's the best of both worlds!
And you know what I *really* love? Cross platform programs, like Evernote for example, that work on every computer and device - and sync across every computer and device. Things like that make my life MUCH easier.
That was fun!
Now get out of my office so I can get back to work
One last note though. As you've noticed I used a lot of "conflicting equipment". A Droid and an iPad?! Yes. I catch a lot of crap over that from both camps. But you know what I say? It's not the equipment you have... it's how you use it.
p.s. I forgot to mention the Zune...
Also see these two recent Interviews about my Home Office: