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My remote working setup!

Ed Wade • October 20, 2019

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I have now been working fully remote for just over 3 months now and I am absolutely loving it! I get to spend way more time with my family and a lot less time in my car but I'll save all that for another post! This post is about my setup and home that I use.


Laptop

My laptop that I use for work is a Lenovo Thinkpad T490 - It's a lovely machine (even with the gimmicky LED on the outer case!) that runs amazingly well with what I throw at it!

Screens

I use my laptop screen, as well as 2 Dell 19" monitors! They're pretty nice screens and I quite like the 4:3 aspect ratio of them especially when coding as I get a fair bit of vertical real estate on them! I'd like to upgrade them at some point but they're working brilliantly for me at the moment. They're held up by 2 screen arms as the desk is quite shallow so it allows me to actually have them over the back of the desk, rather than on top of it. My setup on my screens tends to be:
Screen 1 (Far Left): Editor
Screen 2 (Middle): Chrome
Screen 3 (Laptop screen): Slack, Terminal and Chrome DevTools

Audio

I don't do a lot of audio stuff, only our daily standups so I didn't need to go for a full on professional studio setup. I have a pair of SkullCandy STIM headphones with an inline mic! I picked them up from a local supermarket for £10 and the quality is fantastic - I wear them when I go running as well and they're fantastic for that too. The sound quality of the headphones and the mic are fantastic and they're incredibly comfy to wear. I prefer wired headphones where I can because I am notoriously bad at remembering to charge wireless ones!

Operating System

As you can see from my picture I use Ubuntu as my OS. The version in the picture is 19.04 (Disco Dingo) however I have since upgraded to 19.10 (Eoan Ermine). I really like working on Linux and choose that everytime where I can!

Mouse and Keyboard

I use an old HP wireless keyboard and mouse from a previous computer we had - It's nothing fancy but the keys on the keyboard are nice and quiet and it sits in a nice comfy position. The mouse is quite chunky and nice to hold too so the whole setup feels pretty ergonomic for a basic setup.

Editor

I use Sublime Text 3 (in Beta) as my main editor of choice. I really like the fact it's got a very clean interface with little to not distraction in it! It means I can focus on what I'm trying to do rather than have an incredibly cluttered screen. Settings wise, I have basically followed the Laracasts tutorial on setting up Sublime Text but my Settings file is as follows:

{ 
    "close_windows_when_empty": true,
    "color_scheme": "Packages/Dayle Rees Color Schemes/legacy/Slime.tmTheme",
    "ensure_newline_at_eof_on_save": true,
    "font_face": "Roboto Mono",
    "font_size": 10,
    "hot_exit": false,
    "line_padding_bottom": 10,
    "line_padding_top": 10,
    "remember_full_screen": true,
    "save_on_focus_lost": true,
    "theme": "Adaptive.sublime-theme",
    "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
    "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true
}

Git Client

I don't actually use a Git client, preferring to use the command line. None of the tools I have tried are anywhere near as powerful or intuitive as the command line so I stick with that!

Development Environment

We currently use Docker as a PHP development environment. Where we have Vue based stuff, that's run locally using NPM/NVM.

Desk and chair

My desk is actually a homemade desk from scaffolding boards and old wooden apple crates! My wife and I really like to mix old and new and so we love the old wooden style desk holding up computers! My chair is a fairly standard office chair with a pretty high back. It's super comfy so I don't mind spending 8 hours a day sat in it!


That's my entire setup for my home office space. I don't work in a separate office room but at one end of our dining room - It keeps me connected to my family as they walk around the house but is somewhere I can walk away from at the end of the day and at lunchtime so I'm not tempted to keep working!