This weekend I rearranged my desk. My goal was to remove some equipment that was no longer essential and try to reposition everything where in a way that reflects my work pattern. Here is a diagram of the current layout.
I’ve experimented with the 30 inch display in several different positions. When I started moving things around I originally had it up against the wall, but I found I couldn’t see it from that distance. When I got the new display a graphic designer friend of mine asked if I found myself pushing back from my desk because the screen was so huge. I’ve found the opposite is true. The high resolution means there are quite a few more pixels per inch that what I had previously. I find I have to be closer to the screen in order to see it well.
By moving the monitor forward I gain some space behind it. This works out to be a good place to put my hard drive for automatic backups. Eventually I’d prefer to have it somewhere out of sight, but that will take a few special extension cables.
You’ll notice I have my shredder on top of my desk. I prefer to keep it on the floor, but I don’t want it anywhere within reach of a toddler until my daughter gets a bit older.
One thing absent from my desk is any networking equipment. I don’t have any routers, firewalls, or cable modems on my desk. Instead I have a box that they sit on where I can keep all the wires inside out of the way. I’m working on a slightly more elegant solution, but this works well for now because it keeps the wires out of sight, but I can still quickly view the status of a piece of equipment through my glass desktop.
Wireless networking has done a lot to reduce my wires. My keyboard and mouse use bluetooth so I don’t have to deal with those cables. Also my internet and and printer connection are both wireless. I still have my fair share of cables all over the place, but there are significantly fewer than what it would have taken a few years ago.
I’m not particularly happy about the MacBook placement. When I was using a smaller screen I used the MacBook monitor in addition to the external screen. With the larger screen this isn’t necessary and I’ve found it is kind of hard to use that way. I wish there was some type of vertical docking station I could put behind the monitor where I could just slide my laptop into it. The other option I was considering is to put it under my desk on the top of the file cabinet. However, the cables for the display aren’t really setup to allow this.
So far it seems to be working well, but I’m sure I’ll make some adjustments this week once I start using it.