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Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:13 AM

I think I may have reached Maximum Computer Density on my desk

Problem is, I actually use all of these on a daily basis.




I'm not even counting the 4 on my wife's desk


There's also a Windows Tablet in the kitchen for recipes and one in the bar for cocktails.

The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem....

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Reply I think I may have reached Maximum Computer Density on my desk (Original post)
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 OP
762Justice Jan 2019 #1
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 #2
762Justice Jan 2019 #5
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 #6
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 #7
foia Jan 2019 #3
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 #4

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:18 AM

1. No KVM's?

KVM's and virtualization keep my desk pretty clean. Well, of monitors and keyboards.

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Response to 762Justice (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:22 AM

2. Oh yeah, there's a KWM there. It handles the two servers under the desk.

The ones on top are in theory at least "portable". Not that anything but the Surface gets carried around.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 05:58 PM

5. I leave servers out of the way, as I'm using loud rack style systems.

Hoping to get most of those workloads moved out to AWS this year.

I do have a laptop sickness though, they tend to collect.

Are you still liking the surface? I'm about over the macbook pro I usually travel with, as just the tiniest bit of dust will screw the keyboard up to the point it needs to be sent off for warranty repair, which really sucks, as I have built a really good mobile setup on it. It would be difficult to replicate it in Windows, but having something light to carry might make me do it.

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Response to 762Justice (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 06:10 PM

6. We love ours

My wife and I both have the 2017 Core I7 version, which was crucial for the high end computing we both tend to do. I like the detachable and easily replaceable keyboard. My original got trashed when a cat knocked over a Manhattan on it.

If I were in the market today, I'd seriously look at the Eve-V. It's a Surface crowd sourced competitor that out specs it at a much lower price. It's a good choice if you don't need a dedicated docking station.

Here's the site:
https://eve-tech.com/pages/eve-v

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Response to 762Justice (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 09:05 PM

7. One thing I'll add

One of the things I do not like about the Surface is that when you heavily multitask the Thermal Throttling of the CPU can get pretty excessive. I ended up downloading the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and futzing around with the CPU fan to help cool better.

Streaming video while working eventually will kill it, without modification. That big-ass monitor next to it in the photo is 4k, so it can be pretty demanding on the system. I have a bad habit of putting a movie or the news on while I work. Eventually it will drag the system to a crawl without tweaking the fan on temp.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:22 AM

3. I have this program called Windows

It lets me run multiple apps at the same time on one computer. (j/k)

I also use Teamviewer which lets me run computers in other rooms from one computer.

I prefer distributed computing. I have a computer in every room in my house (except bathrooms) and one in the garage.

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Response to foia (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:31 AM

4. Team Viewer is great

Use it all the time. Generally I can hit any machine from any other. They actually all have a dedicated purpose. There is an Exchange Server, a Domain Controller, a dedicated in-house Wordpress web development server, a temporary Media Server, a spare domain joined workstation, and lastly my everyday workstation.

I do all of my testbedding via VMWare emulation.

My problem is I seem to keep acquiring machines that for whatever reason people don't need which I always seem to find a purpose for. I'm looking to build a real dedicated Media Server now, which I hope will clear some space, but I know myself. I'll end up putting in another NAS to segregate the personal from the business data. As it is I'm already running parallel WiFi networks.

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