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One Month In

Posted 2013.11.03 12.35 in Work by Stephanie

So, it’s been just over a full month since I started working from home full-time.

I haven’t completely gone paranoid anti-social nutters. Not yet, at least. I did clean my desk, though:

Working

The image depicts a typical session of work. XCode and iOS Simulator are running on the big 27″ screen. Terminal and Finder are running on the secondary screen. The iPad and iPhone are there too for testing or debugging. And a notepad. Yeah I still use pen and paper for most of my quick or short notes and reminders.

One thing I was a little worried about when working from home, was that I might be tempted to work less, or slack off or the sort. After the first month, I don’t think that’s happened. What has happened though, is my ‘productive hours’ have moved around.

Rather than plugging in from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I find that I’m working the same amount of time, but doing it whenever. Like maybe I don’t get much done on a Monday or a Tuesday, but I put in 18 straight hours on a Sunday. Or work from 2pm to midnight through the week. That sort of thing.

That’s not to say that I’m not available or doing nothing when I’m not being ‘productive’. I think I’m more available than I was before, since rather than a 9-to-5 window, I’m pretty much ‘at work’ 24-7 now. Eg. I can respond to customers’ emails at 7am over morning coffee, or 9pm after dinner.

Anyhow, most of the aprehension I was feeling last month about this move has faded. Now I’m just back to the normal level of stress. And I’m looking forward to see how month number two shapes up.

Two Screens: Still Better Than One

Posted 2011.06.21 23.11 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So with all the features and functions I’m adding to my Master Control Panel, one screen just wasn’t enough any more to display all the data it’s collecting.

I’ve used standard character LCD screens before, on my Thermostat and the randomizer, so I figured I could just add one to the MCP as a secondary display. Then I thought, why limit myself to a measly two rows of 16 characters?

The 20×4 screen sounded like a way better idea… I just didn’t realize it was going to be so physically big!

It feels bigger than the primary display. Now I’m all unsure if I like it or not. I want more display resolution, to display more data. I don’t know whether to stick with two displays, or these two displays, or try different displays…

Decisions decisions.

Meanwhile, the radiation sensor is telling me that at the current rate cosmic and gamma rays are passing through my livingroom, I can expect to develop superpowers in approximately never.

Tripple Nerdgasm

Posted 2010.08.07 19.03 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Two heads might be better than one – but three heads are way better than two!

Today, I converted my dual-head iMac into a triple-head iMac – one computer, three screens! And they’re all digital!

None of that shabby analog VGA stuff around here, no-sir-ee! The iMac screen is a Digital LCD, then to the right I have a 19″ 4:3 screen that’s running DVI, and up top I have a 19″ 16:9 HD-TV hooked up with HDMI.

I got the TV so I could watch the World Cup, and what with the football over for another 3 years 10 months, I wasn’t sure what to do with the TV. Then I realized hey, I could hook it to my iMac! Now I can play media up there, and it’s on one of those articulated arm things so I can swing it around and aim it at the living room.

Yeah, I’m in geek heaven here. Every additional screen you put on your computer is like eleventeen hundred geek bonus-points.