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  #2468977 24-Apr-2020 03:23
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Jabra Speak 410 PC - this little thing is priceless for Meet/Hangout/WebEx at home.





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  #2468984 24-Apr-2020 07:17
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everettpsycho:  I'm in one of those positions where people will come to my desk you ask questions so removing that option one day a week would mean I can get stuck in to detailed work without distractions.

 

Ive WFH for the last three years, thats why I like it. Peace and quiet when needed. Comms is via Skype IM so I can recieve that when it suits, which is often immediate but doesnt have to be. No commute. Doesn't suit everyone though, some have to have background people noise and contact. The key is to treat it like another day at the office, which is all that it is, for me at least. Its great for any weather events, EQ, traffic disruption, its good for business.


 
 
 
 


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  #2468992 24-Apr-2020 07:44
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As a self confessed introvert who’s quite happy to be alone with my own thoughts. WFH as taught me that I really miss human interaction! I always thought that I could live the hermit life but I’m not so sure now.

I’m going to have to rethink my retirement plans.



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  #2468993 24-Apr-2020 07:57
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Senecio: As a self confessed introvert who’s quite happy to be alone with my own thoughts. WFH as taught me that I really miss human interaction! I always thought that I could live the hermit life but I’m not so sure now.

I’m going to have to rethink my retirement plans.

 

From my experience with colleagues, that's not uncommon. My interaction is via IM which is often and the odd audio meeting, but I wouldn't see it as a hermit life! :-) Horses for courses


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  #2469005 24-Apr-2020 08:28
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From my experience with colleagues, that's not uncommon. My interaction is via IM which is often and the odd audio meeting, but I wouldn't see it as a hermit life! :-) Horses for courses

 

 

I find working from home really disruptive.  As a civil engineer who spends a lot of time designing space for people, not having the ability to grab a piece of paper and collaboratively draw something with a pen with my team is quite hard; unless we all had either wacom type tablets or the MS surface table type products it gets really hard to draw at the same time as we would normally on A3/A2 paper; we all have devices with stylus's but the screens are so small and not suited to drawing work.

 

I'll be happy when I can get back to the viaduct; not only to see my team in person but also to be able to take walks along the water front... NZ suburbs are quite dreary, especially those built in the 60s :(




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  #2469006 24-Apr-2020 08:31
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I find working from home really disruptive.  As a civil engineer who spends a lot of time designing space for people, not having the ability to grab a piece of paper and collaboratively draw something with a pen with my team is quite hard; unless we all had either wacom type tablets or the MS surface table type products it gets really hard to draw at the same time as we would normally on A3/A2 paper; we all have devices with stylus's but the screens are so small and not suited to drawing work.

 

I'll be happy when I can get back to the viaduct; not only to see my team in person but also to be able to take walks along the water front... NZ suburbs are quite dreary, especially those built in the 60s :(

 

 

Yep, your use case isn't ideal. I work on a computer only, I could do that in the office, here at home, or in Timbuktu, each would be an identical use case for me


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  #2469008 24-Apr-2020 08:41
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I'm a card carrying extrovert and I actually quite enjoy the idea of getting back to the office where there are people and noise and distractions that aren't my own people and their noise. 

 

 

 

I miss the interaction with people i ordinarily wouldn't have a lot to do with and I also miss the little routines like the commute giving me a chance to read or watch Netflix, a proper lunch break where I can go for a walk on my own in the city and sit somewhere and escape people, noise and distraction and have some me time. 

 

 

 

It's amazing what you think you'll miss and what you actually miss...sometimes quite different...

 

 

 

I've also found myself being a lot more grumpy with the wife and kids...I wonder if it's because I don't have the ability to decompress on the way home from the office, or if it's simply the loss of routines. I also am really finding busy days of back to back Video Calls are incredibly draining and i end the day shattered. 





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  #2470338 24-Apr-2020 14:22
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I've also found myself being a lot more grumpy with the wife and kids...I wonder if it's because I don't have the ability to decompress on the way home from the office, or if it's simply the loss of routines. I also am really finding busy days of back to back Video Calls are incredibly draining and i end the day shattered. 

 

 

Personally, I think a lot of the additional frustration/stress I'm feeling isn't a result of WFH itself, but attempting to juggle this with kids: trying to be a f/t worker, parent and teacher across the working day (while my partner's trying to do the same) is something those without school-age kids really can't comprehend! 

 

My older kid is completely self-managing when it comes to his learning, whereas the younger one sadly requires a stupid amount of input/cajoling/oversight from his parents; I can totally see why schools are reporting high levels of non-engagement from their pupils (I've heard/read claims that two-thirds of kids in the UK haven't taken part in online learning).

 

Agree that part of my 'tude does come from the lack of decompression time; I'm thinking that switching early-morning exercise to later in the day, after completing work, would help me (or possibly others in a similar situation).

 

 


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  #2473557 29-Apr-2020 18:01
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If you are using a laptop with external monitors I can recommend the nextstand. It's a roost knock off and I bought one for my wife a few weeks ago. I've just bought myself one and it is really great to get your laptop to the same height as your external monitors.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Nexstand-Laptop-Stand-Portable-MacBook/dp/B01HHYQBB8

 

 


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  #2473658 29-Apr-2020 20:48
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Handle9:

 

If you are using a laptop with external monitors I can recommend the nextstand. It's a roost knock off and I bought one for my wife a few weeks ago. I've just bought myself one and it is really great to get your laptop to the same height as your external monitors.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Nexstand-Laptop-Stand-Portable-MacBook/dp/B01HHYQBB8

 

 

 

 

 

 

+1, I got one from PBTech for $40~ a couple months ago, super easy to fold up and move my setup from the office to home

 

However I wouldn't be paying $40 USD + shipping for one, especially when they can be found on Aliexpress for about $20 NZD shipped, I've been tempted to buy another!


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  #2473675 29-Apr-2020 21:24
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My mouse has died. I'm looking for recommendations for one that I can order and get within a few days. I expect there are many that I'd like that are not currently available.

 

I'm interested in the following features:

 

  • wireless
  • can be used both left-handed and right-handed
  • rechargeable

I've had a multi-pairing Bluetooth one in the past that was convenient when switching between work and home laptops, so something similar will be an advantage.





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  #2474134 30-Apr-2020 15:25
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  #2474156 30-Apr-2020 15:54
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Thanks. PB Tech says they can ship it tomorrow.




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