The Essential Keystrokes Home Office SetupBy
David at Extra for Every Publisher shared his Problogging setup with his readers today and asked what everyone else is using too. Since I do web design and problogging, I decided to share my set up with everyone, too – and if I’m lucky I will win the prize he is giving out to the person with the best response.
You can actually take a look at my home office in a post I did on my other site a while back – but I am just going to deal with the hardware specs for this post.
My main system is a Dell Dimension Pentium 4 with a 3GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and a 21″ monitor. The system is about 3 years old and it is starting to show its age. Something tells me I will be replacing it within the next year. I run Windows XP on my Dell. Some of the software I use daily includes, Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and iTunes.
My secondary system is a Apple iMac G5 Desktop 20″Â (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 1.5GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive). These are really cool machines!! I use my Mac for a lot of my graphics work. It has the complete Adobe Creative Suite 2 (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) on it plus Office for Mac and it is my preferred machine for Skyping thanks to the built in microphone and webcam.
My mobile office includes a Sony VAIO laptop that has the same software on it as my Dell does. I take my laptop everywhere – from the living room to work while the family watches TV to the hockey rink to get some extra work done while waiting for my son to finish ice hockey practice. I can also check email and surf the web on my Treo phone as needed.
While I don’t do a ton of print work anymore, I still have 3 printers in my office at this moment. I have a Lexmark 2430 magicolor color laser printer, an old HP Laserjet black and white laser, and an HP 2510 Photosmart all in one printer, fax, scanner and copier. Believe it or not, they all get used and all have their own specific jobs. The all in one is networked so the iMac can print to it as well.
In addition to my office we have computers in the playroom for the kids and one in my husband’s office (yes, we are a family of geeks) so they have to be networked. We swear by our Linksys Wireless G Cable Gateway to get our high speed cable to any computer in the house.
For backups I rely on my SmartDisk 160GB FireLite drive. It has more storage space than the Dell and it is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand.
I also have a Nikon Cool Pix 7600 that I use for digital photography. Its small, takes good quality pictures and can even take video if I need it.
My set up is obviously more than the average person needs to be successful online, however, I am lucky that I am married to Mr. Gadget who loves technology and buying the latest toys. Plus, doing work on the web and in print requires more than just the average blogger might need.
So, what is your setup? Leave me a comment here, or better yet – go over to David’s site to get in on the action and you may even win a prize.