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lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Jun 11, 2016 09:18
I'm not sure I've talked about this before here. For some reason memory seems to have trouble reconnecting with things happened between 2 and 20 years ago, you know... anyway, if I didn't, here's my proud creation, a weird patchwork of hand-made things looking like cinema props, and reminiscent of a mixture of Star Trek TOS, Tron: Legacy, and probably Knight Rider from the 80's. DO NOT do things like this, which involve dismantling everything you attach to the PC, including the PC. Once you have to replace anything, it'll be troublesome. Well, do it if you feel like it's worth the trouble. I guess.



The whole of it.
In the foreground you can see why things styled like Tron, with black and shiny surfaces, aren't very convenient because reality features dust. And that thing is a hell to keep clean.



The W.A.S.D. V2 custom keyboard (made in San Jose, CA) I called "Discrete Rainbow". It has Cherry MX green switches, requiring 80 cN actuation force, clicking and releasing a tactile bump when pressed. Also noisy, but still perhaps slightly too light for someone who used to type on massive IBM Model M's. But it's a pretty nice keyboard, it's really comfortable and precise. And probably durable, time will tell us, now that it began taking my whole workload, and that's a lot of pressure. Not to speak of the verbosity in forums. And on facebook.



One of the ...meh.. control panels which are concentrating stuff that was moved behind the desk. The modem/router is actually INSIDE the panel. All you see, except the LEDs, was hand-made. Including the volume knobs and the computer's power switch (the last big button on the left).
i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Jun 11, 2016 22:25
When I was thinking my PC building project was awesome, here comes Alex and demolish my dreams of being cool...
lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Jun 12, 2016 00:01
Er... thanks? But it's nothing so demolishing, pretty sure there's a lot more awesome stuff around. I just had too much free time over the past six years, and no pull toward software, so I ended up investing hobby time into hardware things.
going nowhere fast...
written by Skinnymon on Jun 12, 2016 01:55
But, that's not a desk! Where are the empty cola cans and the discarded bags from chips (or crisps, as some places call them)? There are no scraps of paper with indecipherable notes, or assorted ball point pens (one or two of which may actually work). It has dust, you say? Well, that's a start.

Meh. my "desk" is a piece of old shelving stretched between two old night stands with drawers and the monitors on top- the computer towers are on the floor next to the night stands.)

[Looks nice, ATG]


lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Jun 12, 2016 09:40
Oh you mean like this?
After a night of fiddling/coding/messing around...



Now I guess I've got to mentally prepare for several Captain Obvious comments saying smoking is bad. The notes to the right are pretty decipherable, the ones to the left were thoughts on how to quickly compute the area of trapezoids in the blending loops for morphological anti-aliasing. Er.. whatever.

p.s. left meant right, and vice-versa. I always do that mistake...
p.p.s. the lone ballpoint pen always works. Can't stand when they don't.
written by Logicalerror on Jun 12, 2016 15:08
You still have less of a mess on your desk than I do. At a certain point I started doing all my work in the margins of random papers, and now I can't throw any of it away for fear that something important is written on it.

The pile is over an inch high where I also have books on my desk. I should probably deal with it.

smoking is bad for you and your computer
i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Jun 12, 2016 19:04
Logicalerror probably wrote some important math conjecture without proof that will stay more than a hundred years with people trying to prove it.
going nowhere fast...
written by Skinnymon on Jun 12, 2016 22:17
Ah, good. I was getting confused by the dichotomy of possible obsessive compulsive cleaning by the person who created a gargantuan mass of random hacks called Noctis. [J/K!!!]

Though my personal notes are seldom so organized (especially regarding the subject matter*) and their presence is usually the result of my quite demented idea that a desk is a place to put things you are/have been/will be working on! [one can detect a loud GASP! of horror is emitted by mothers/wives of planet Earth for such blasphemy! A messy desk is sacrilege to them you know.]

(*in fact, during a recent desktop frumple I came across an ancient text which appeared to be several Feltyrion galactic coordinates, probably from my outer rim explorations...)
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And meh, I will not bother about the smoking. I'm an ex-smoker, and unlike others who feel they need to share their misery "wisdom," it does not bother me that someone else smokes. I only quit years ago because it was beginning to take too big a bite out of my meager income. (also, some of the laws regarding smoking in public places were just beginning to rear their ugly head in California, which may have had a tiny bit of influence) But that don't mean nothin'.

lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Jun 14, 2016 18:16
Skinnymon said:
Ah, good. I was getting confused by the dichotomy of possible obsessive compulsive cleaning by the person who created a gargantuan mass of random hacks called Noctis. [J/K!!!]
hmmm I'm in no way obsessed with cleaning, but I do have a taste for putting things... away from view. Not exactly "in an organized order" where you can find everything in a moment, just... out of view. I just dislike visible clutter. Which is also how I code stuff... I put code visibly in order, but its long-range structure tends to be as messy as it can without getting out of my mind's ability to cope with it. Which means I tend to apply bad design practices, even because my mind has a pretty strong tolerance for disorganized complexity, also known as "turing tarpits".
going nowhere fast...
written by Skinnymon on Jun 15, 2016 19:41
I see, organized chaos theory in action, then.

I myself am one of those sort of people who had a sign above his desk at work that read:
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HEY, YOU! NO MESS WITH DA MESS ON MY DESK!!!
YOU GONNA MESS UP MY SYSTEM!
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lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Jun 18, 2016 15:01
Fun fact: Skinnymon actually knows Postline's mark-up for large text, centering stuff, etc, better than me, 'cos I remember almost nothing.
standing on my title
written by Gligar on Jun 18, 2016 15:55
If you've forgotten, there's always the help in the post preview

Of course, that doesn't cover hidden things such as the alert lines. Those can be useful when handing out treason points
going nowhere fast...
written by Skinnymon on Jun 19, 2016 01:37
But of course!
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OK, I'll fess up. I only vaguely remembered the font things because I used them to spam add "highlights" to my posts triads sinister ago [so I looked it up], but I have used centering much more often...


lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Oct 08, 2016 02:31
Got a new keyboard, again a WASD. It's the "Code" keyboard, in its classic version featuring Cherry MX Clear mechanical switches: those aren't "clicky", but still require 65 centiNewtons (about 65 grams) of force to be actuated. They're so rather "stiff", which in my opinion improves precision in typing. It feels pretty good, it feels soft and smooth under fingers, and it goes along well with the desk's overall look, because it's completely black with white LED lighting.







It's not that I'm no longer loving my V2 custom anyway: I've currently replaced it with this one, but I bought another WASD mostly because I wanted a spare keyboard for use in case one of them should break down for some reason. I really can't, for the moment, pick a winner between the MX Green and the MX Clear switches: they're both great, I'm probably still leaning slightly in favor of the Green clicky switch, but it's a close match. I'd recommend any of the two, unless the keyboard's for gaming and you need to keep pressing the same keys a gazillion times without minding too much about precision...



Wait, what's that doing there?
I don't remember where or when I picked it...
written by Cryoburner on Oct 08, 2016 12:58
Alex said:
...and it goes along well with the desk's overall look, because it's completely black with white LED lighting.
But that mouse!
I must say, in the quadcopter thread, I was considering how it could potentially make a nice shell for your customized quadcopter when it was pictured alongside it. Might be too heavy though. : P

Alex said:
I don't remember where or when I picked it...
Maybe it's the cat's. >_>
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