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Getting my Apartment setup to the point where I love it

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Been slowly upgrading my home-computing setup, and I am pretty pleased with how it is coming together.

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My work desk. Right now it is an HP Chromebook 13 plugged in to a Dell USB-C port replicator. That is plugged in to a Samsung 28 inch 4k display, my Ergodox – "The Miami Knight" – and a Logitech wireless track ball.

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A wee little Gunpla, a generic lamp, and some Adafruit WS2812 NeoPixels provide some ambiance. I use these Travelon packing cubes to be able to take everything I need for my work in to and out of my backpack easily. The yellow one has my password store, some headphones, about 400 GiB worth of MicroSD storage, a MiFi hot-spot, etc.

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In total I have three desks in my studio, all of them are on casters which makes it easy to wheel whatever i am working on away from the walls and towards the music. The power strip on the floor is detritus and not actually going to the desk.

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The music lives on this cubeshelf. cable management back there is still a mess but…

I use my Chromebook as an SSH terminal and web browser – all of my applications run on that HP Microserver, until I can afford a desktop build. Everything except the Chromebook display routes through Onkyo receiver using the cable shroud on top. I can plug a USB DAC on my desk in to the receiver to pipe the Chromebook audio through the speakers. Or I can plug the HDMI cable in that cable shroud in to the monitor to play PS4, Melee, or watch movies on XBMC.

I'm slowly starting to build up a collection of records, starting with some that really hit home for me – Anamanaguchi's Endless Fantasy, and three from Aesop Rock: Labor Days, None Shall Pass, and The Impossible Kid

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Having multiple desks means I can just leave projects in place while I am working on them. I have three stacked trays of gundam models that I need to paint, if the weather would ever let me.

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Ryan Rix is a computer infrastructure fanboy who dabbles in decentralized systems. Reach him on twitter as @rrrrrrrix, via email to ryan@whatthefuck.computer or on Facebook or on Matrix as @rrix:kickass.systems.