Office Remodel Status
November 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Video Editing Workstation Monitor Rack
Finally got my monitors in place for my video editing workstation. I’m still really impressed with the Knoll monitor rack’s flexibility. Three widescreen monitors (2) 24″ and (1) 27″ and I still have a full rack bar above for additional monitors. Next on the to-do list is upgrade software –several of my applications don’t work well on Windows 8– and switch printer/scanner/fax over to a network connection instead of using a USB port. Then back to audio rack hook-ups. The Dell XPS-9000 I purchased a few years ago is getting a real workout while I design a dedicated dual or quad cpu system for multimedia work.
I had anticipated having the entire multimedia studio completed before this past summer, but best laid plans… In the meantime having Video Editing and Office work on the same system has some benefits. I’m finding it easier to plan out the educational materials for teaching Modern IT Portfolio Management by simply switching between windows on the workstation rather than systems. Having Office running on a side monitor keeps my thoughts in front of me and top of mind. Considering getting one more monitor for the top rack and purchasing Personal KanBan software. This would give provide a heads up display of my “Think Factory” status as I build the practice. Susan Conway and I have been discussing various aspects of building out Enterprise Architecture practices this past month. Its great to have a peer/colleague to bounce ideas off of.
Data Center Remodel
Upgrades my Data Center are going slow, but I’ve been in no rush to rebuild. I have all the data copied to a rack of external USB drives and until I’m ready to start running simulations and serious video rendering its not a priority. My home built rack case has space for (4) 4U Systems Cases, a Battery Backup, 24 Port Gig Switch, power distribution strips, network fax modem, and KVM. Still need to add the face frame, front panel door and apply a finish to the wood. Then it will look like a piece of furniture I had planned to make it look like.
While not a total wreck my author’s den is still no where need functional. That will most likely be a project to work on in December so I can start in earnest assembling the materials I’ve been creating for “Structure in Threes”. I’m wondering if I should put out a few shorted e-Books on Amazon first before a tackle the all up text. Any opinions out there on the benefits or liabilities of doing such?