Office Remodel Status

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.

Video Editing Workstation

Visual Thinking

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.

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Author’s Den

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?

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Elegance in Design

Spent last night installing my new monitor rack from Knoll (Sapper Monitor Arm Collection).  It took approximately 30 minutes to assemble and install the whole system.  The only two down points:

  • Took a week to find hardware to adapt Samsung Monitors (while Monitors have Vesa compliant attachment screw pattern, its recessed so the average adapter plate doesn’t fit)
  • The monitor rack is so awesome looking, now I’m going to have to save up to replace the desk it is mounted to with something on a par to the rack.  Hopefully I can find a multi-media workstation desk in the Knoll catalog that will fit my needs

I was fortunate to visit the Knoll facilities last year and got the full tour.  I was impressed with the entire design to manufacturing cycle.  It’s clear they take design and engineering seriously.  When I saw this rack system on staff desks, I spent a lot of time inspecting it, almost dissecting it with my eyes.  I fell in love.  To say its a beautiful piece of work is a understandment; it’s just plain elegant.  Knoll has to be congratulated for an excellent design and equally excellent execution of that design.