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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Office Remodel: Structure Wiring System

Finish rewiring structured wiring system for Home Office this afternoon.  Now just a little cleanup in the cabinet and pulling two CAT 5 cables to my writer’s desk on the far end of the office. [

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Homemade 18U server rack in progress…not too many offices have a server rack that looks like furniture.  Next week’s task is to upgrade and rebuild the four systems to 64-bit, look for a external raid case and new LED monitor.  The following week I expect to rebuild the software system and start loading applications.

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Mixed Hardware Generation Environments

This weekend I had the pleasure of integrating my wife’s IT Infrastructure.  Despite keeping up to date on software, hardware is another story.  The past week she had a request to have a ability to use the same mouse, keyboard and monitor for all the computers she uses, same as I did previously in my data center.  On the surface it seems like an easy request until you look at the various hardware interfaces to deal with: PS/2 mouse; Keyboard, USB Mouse, Keyboard; Wireless Mouse, Keyboard;, VGA, HDMI, and DVI displays.

Trying to find a single solution that was within her budget was a bit challenging, especially the display technology.  Trying to find a KVM switch that accepted HDMI, DVI and VGA was a heartburn; adding multiple Keyboard and Mouse interfaces was the final straw.  The end result was, you can’t get there from here.  The end result to make it simple was to get docking station [Targus USB 3.0 with power] for her laptop, an adapter from the DVI to VGA, DVI to VGA adapter, change to a USB Keyboard and Mouse and a [IOGear VGA / USB] 2 Port Switch.  This morning as I scanned Amazon, I found another option I wish I had seen yesterday DVI / USB KVM would have reduced complexity by having two less adapters.  After a little ruminating about it, I settled down to connect the hardware and validate it’s operation.  This afternoon, I’ll walk Dana through how to operate it and move onto getting Quicken Rental Property Manager up and running.

One the agenda today, if time permits, completing a coffee cup display case I’d been working on as time is available in my woodshop and searching to a four port KVM solution for myself; I’ve a Surface, Surface Pro, Dell XPS2000 with a four Displayport adapter, and a rack mounted dual cpu system I use for video editing I’m in process of rebuilding.  I may turn out that the Video Editing system will get the four Displayport adapter and be separate from the KVM as It will only be used for Video Editing while the other systems will be more general purpose.  The Display rack I got from  Knoll permits mounting eight displays, so I’m trying to configure my workstation so I can have all the displays and controls directly in front of my without too many peripherals on the desktop.

Next week’s to do list is: 1) getting one of my servers rebuilt –either a dedicated SharePoint Server or a dedicated SQL Server machine for analytics, 2) Continue building the Modern IT Portfolio Management workshops for a beta test with on of the corporations that have expressed interest in adoption my approach as opposed to IBM, Troux, Apptio, and Microsoft’s, looking for partner or company to join, and continued office cleanup.