This is my home office. It won’t be for everyone, but I love it because it’s optimised for me. In this office, I can achieve a level of productivity that I could never get close to in a conventional office.
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I’ve optimised the office to
have no distractions in my areas of focus
have everything I need within easy reach
be easy to adapt as hardware and requirements come and go
Cable runs are mostly kept clean:
While there are some dedicated mess zones out of view to take up slack and give room to sort things out.
be pretty for filming, and meetings
Power segments are individually switchable to cut off anything that is not being used.
This is great for making sure there are no unnecessary devices running that consume power while in standby. Some people express concern about the safety of such a setup, which is understandable if you don’t understand why that can be a risk. Technology Connections did an excellent segment on this.
I’m sensitive to noise and light, which makes conventional offices challenging to function in. Here I can quickly customise and adapt it to what ever I need at a given time, whether that be bright and pretty for a meeting, or softer on the eyes for sustained concentration.
Separation of HDMI cables
I received a couple of responses to 03:20 in the video where I talked about the importance of separating different types of cables, and gave the example of HDMI. They were along the lines of:
HDMI is both shielded, and with twisted pairs so you don’t get interference. Separation is unnecessary.
These techniques both reduce interference; but they don’t eliminate it. And that distinction becomes important as the cables get longer, because the cables become more susceptible to internal and external sources of noise with increasing length. From the cables section of the wikipedia page:
Although no maximum length for an HDMI cable is specified, signal attenuation (dependent on the cable’s construction quality and conducting materials) limits usable lengths in practice and certification is difficult to achieve for lengths beyond 13 m.
While I was driving a 720p projectors, they were quite happy. When I moved to 4k projectors, it became much more important to separate the cables from other cables (especially power cables). During this process I bought fresh cables that were specifically rated for what I was doing, and also tried HDMI extenders. These didn’t solve the issue, but separating them made the setup much more usable (only a few drop-outs per day).
One person suggested fibre optic HDMI cables. These made it rock-solid.
- 2023-08-25: Re-written to remove obsolete Patreon references, and flesh out a more blog-friendly format.