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Andy from private IP /all Post your work setups Yeah, mine is crazy but it's super effective. Dual 8K screens with a special order Nvidia A6000 GPU, plus a 90 TB RAID 5 with dual actuator hard drives for maximum performance, all in a rolling military-grade rack case. I'm 10x more productive with this than a normal computer, which makes sense because it costs more than 10x a normal computer. Worth it. https://www.raellic.com/images/case.png https://www.andrewwatters.com/law/office/Andy-office.jpg _reply Mon, 22 Jan 2024 15:36:05 -0800
moisture2 from private IP /all Jesus Christ those are some huge ass monitors. _reply Mon, 22 Jan 2024 15:36:59 -0800
Andy from private IP /all 65 inch 8K televisions make great monitors...lol. _reply Mon, 22 Jan 2024 17:42:37 -0800
Wily from private IP /all Microsoft Surface Studio Laptop. The ability to convert into a tablet for stylus use and Zoom, while not having the dinky detachable keyboard of the surface, makes it really good for me. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 05:05:13 -0800
cowgod from private IP /all Is that also your Posting rig? _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 06:17:43 -0800
Andy from private IP /all @cowgodTest I do all my programming on this rig, since it runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux and that works best for me. I do most of my posting on my laptop at my home office outside of work hours. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:06:40 -0800
Blee from private IP /all Ancient Dell laptop and a couple of HP monitors. More importantly, B&O sound system playing mostly instrumental jazz through the day. I need something to drown out my tinnitus, but anything lyrical or with much energy is too distracting. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:09:55 -0800
Blee from private IP /all And Andy, those monitors remind me of mom saying "don't sit so close to the screen, you'll go blind!" _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:09:58 -0800
Andy from private IP /all @BleeTest I added Adam Audio studio monitors after the above picture was taken. This is the greatest way to listen to music in the office, and I hear things in Zoom calls now that I didn't hear before, like the fine nuance in someone's fearful voice. It's been interesting. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:11:10 -0800
Andy from private IP /all Haha, the screens are far enough away and the resolution is high enough that it works great for me. My healthcare provider for my wrist injury looked at my setup and said it looks great except for me resting my wrist on the edge of the desk. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:11:41 -0800
Blee from private IP /all Ha, that's interesting. I don't run my meetings through the system, maybe I should! I just route them to a little Teams speaker with a gate running so I can still have the music in the background. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:14:05 -0800
Andy from private IP /all I forgot to mention the pro-level podcast microphone that I have now. The audio quality is way better than with the webcam, plus I can do podcasts via Open Broadcast Studio. The mic is tastefully visible in all my Zoom calls with the Shure logo, haha. I'll get an updated photo on there at some point. _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:29:22 -0800
moisture2 from private IP /all Blee did u get ur tinitus from ur years spent playing in rock bands? _reply Tue, 23 Jan 2024 12:13:59 -0800
Blee from private IP /all Well yes it did happen back then, but ironically I suppose it wasn't show I performed. I went to see a friend's band, and the sound engineer was known to mix with too much high end. I didn't wear ear plugs ever really, so when I got home from a show my ears would often ring until I woke up the next day. This time they never stopped. I thought it would drive me insane for the first month or so, but you eventually get used to it. I only really hear it when I think about it now. _reply Tue, 06 Feb 2024 10:22:54 -0800
shithead from private IP /all I've got two laptops (one PC, one Mac), an iPad with folding stand, two phones (one Android with US phone number, one iPhone with Portugal phone number) two travel monitors, and a drawstring bag full of peripherals and powerstrips and cables and adapters. I run my substantive work on one station, and usually a foreign-language doc review gig on the other. It all fits into a shoulder bag and small backpack. I can set up the two stations in about five minutes. Usually I work from accommodations or coworking space, preferably at a standing desk. Back at home in Funchal, I usually have my standing desk set up on the balcony, where I grow lots of orchids. _reply Fri, 09 Feb 2024 12:37:27 -0800
Andy from private IP /all @shitheadTest what is your substantive work? Are you able to survive in Europe from that work? I was toying with the idea of working from a cruise ship, but I'm not sure I want to spend that kind of money on internet every day when every byte counts and I tend to gorge on video. _reply Sat, 10 Feb 2024 00:06:48 -0800
shithead from private IP /all @AndyTest Affirmative immigration. On my own, and with other small practitioners, I do a lot of EB-1A, EB-2 NIW, O-1, and E-2 visas. As a contractor for law firms, I do a lot of PERMs and L-1 visas. It's a good living. _reply Sat, 10 Feb 2024 00:54:02 -0800
Andy from private IP /all That's great, it sounds like your work is very portable. The only problem with my work is that I can't be a digital nomad for several reasons. First, since I own my law firm, the clients are always coming in to meet me, not the other lawyers who work here. It's a lot more effective meeting them in real life than on a 2D Zoom session-- I close 99% of clients who visit my office. Second, trials and hearings are inherently an in-person thing-- it's awkward when one side is in person and the other is on Zoom, even assuming their internet connections are all good enough to sustain a Zoom trial, which often isn't the case. Third, I run my own email and web servers, and they are on-premise at my office. I have to be within a 30-mile radius of my office just in case, unless I want to spend hundreds of dollars a month on an I.T. support contract where all they do anyway is push a button on the equipment. My work-from-cruise-ship fantasy is just that-- a pipe dream considering the actual work I do. But hey, it's an idea and a world voyage would be amazing under the right circumstances. Can't do Zoom court on a low-bandwidth satellite connection, though...sigh. _reply Sat, 10 Feb 2024 07:24:46 -0800
shithead from private IP /all Yeah, my practice follows the lifestyle I want, not the other way around. I meet clients all the time via Google Meet or Zoom. A high percentage of them are outside the United States, so they don't expect in-person meetings. The exception is in Portugal, which has a high rate of emigration to the United States. I've been based there (I'm in Spain at the moment) since September, and it's a rich market for what I do. I have to travel to Lisbon fairly often to close clients, but that's really the only time I have in-person meetings.
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