Your home office/computer setup

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  1. whizkid

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    So with many in the country working from home and me being the technology geek I am, what does your home office or work from technology look like? Mine is:

    HP Pavilion Desktop Media Center Edition- Windows XP
    HP Pavilion Entertainment laptop dv5- Windows Vista
    HP Touchscreen HD Brightview laptop- Windows 8
    HP OfficeJet Pro 8610 All-in-one printer
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S 9.7
    AT&T Uverse BGW210 Modem (Unlimited Data)
    RavPower 4 port charger
    3 surge suppressors
    Fantom Drives G Force 750 GB External Hard drive
    HP flash drive
    Lexar flash drive
     
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    We are a two-teacher household, so we have a lot of stuff.

    My Setup
    • HP Deskjet 2655
    • HP Envy convertible touch-screen laptop running Win10
    • HP Chromebook
    • Acer laptop running Win10 (bought for work, but brought home)
    • iPad 6, 128GB
    • Apple pencil
    • iPad 3, 8GB (one I use at work, but brought home)
    • Skullcandy earbuds/microphone
    • Samsung Note 8 phone
    • Kindle Fire 7
    DH's Setup
    • Macbook
    • desktop (not sure of brand) running Win10
    • Dell Chromebook
    • iPad 6, 128GB
    • Apple pencil
    • iPhone 8
    • wireless headset he uses mostly for gaming, but has used for work lately
    • Galaxy Tab (not sure of version)
    We don't use any sort of physical flash drives anymore, but I do have a 1TB external drive I back up to on occasion. Both of our districts use Google, so we are using Google Drive for everything. We share 32GB of phone data, and our internet is 180mbps. Not sure what our modem is because we just got it. Our old one died last week, so the company replaced it.

    We do have a physical home office that we share. It's where the desktop, the printer, the modem, my Chromebook, and my older laptop stay set up. The rest of the time we are in our entertainment room. It's got the biggest TV, DH's game systems, and the recliners. We are using wood tray-tables for workspace. We don't really need all that much room. We are doing everything online. I have a few students who work from paper packets due to not having internet at home, but I am grading their work at school. I don't want to bring papers home. I haven't even gotten the first round of kid work yet. They turned in the first two weeks on Monday, but the work can't be touched for five days.
     
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    I have 2 cheap HP laptops, one for the living room and one for the bedroom. Ain't retirement lovely!:D
     
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    I'm pretty basic when it comes to my tech; I have my personal Lenovo laptop, a Canon printer and my school-issued HP Probook. We have been encouraged not to use our personal tech while providing instruction from home for the next little bit; I'm assuming that if something happens to my school-issued laptop, it will quickly be repaired or replaced as it's essential for what we are doing right now. If something happens to my personal machine, I'll be on my own.
     
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    My only school-issued device is the Chromebook, and I absolutely HATE trying to do actual work on it. Keyboard is too tiny. It doesn't run all my programs. I only use it for my Zoom meetings.
     
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    I'm getting a Chromebook this year for Xmas. Love using them at school. So fast and lightweight.
     
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    I guess I'm a simple one.
    I moved my laptop from the living room to the kitchen table.
    Laptop charger, phone charger right there.
    List of students' phone numbers and call log
    pen
    The flash drive I use for school just in case.

    That't it.
     
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    My 2012 slower than an 8th grader with a hall pass school issued laptop (mac of some sort).
    My own monitor. I think it used to be someone's very sad, very small TV.
    A wireless keyboard.
    A usb mouse that I found in my office.
     
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    How much memory (RAM) is installed on the computer?
     
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    Currently I have a MacBook Pro, which it’s few years older but still runs great. Although I’m in the middle of replacing it, though. I ordered MacBook Air which should be here Monday hopefully. I do have an extra monitor — work has me spoiled a little bit with the two monitors. That’s pretty much it.
     
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    All I have is a Lenovo desktop that is all in 1 w/ a large screen, and I love it. I switched from a Dell last summer. Thank goodness, I did.
    I have a laptop from school that I have to use for certain programs. I hate it and only use it when I have to. I've got a printer/scanner too.
    Here is the killer part:
    Where I live, they will not allow me to have wireless. So, at least 2x-3x a day, I have to unplug the internet line and E.net cord to switch to that stupid laptop that has specific programs that the district only allows to be on their devices.
    Fortunately, my son told me he'd buy something to make it so I can have wireless and fix it in week. I won't have to be unplugging and waiting! Still I am thankful I can use my personal computer most of the day.
     
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    Our only school-provided device is a Chromebook. The only thing I like about it is that it is fast and has a good battery life. Otherwise, I hate it. Too small. I keep it set up in the office, and I use it for Zoom. I have my laptop I bought for school in the office, too, so I can multitask when I’m using Zoom. My good laptop stays in the TV room next to my recliner. That’s where I do about 85% of my work.

    I’ve never used the MacBook. It was the one DSS had in college. He bought a MacBook Air when he started law school, so DH kept the old one.
     
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    Hand-me-up DIY gaming pc
    Toshiba i7 laptop
    Kindle 10
    Question: Does anybody write free hand on a whiteboard? If so, how do you do it? I can't manage a mouse that well, and the kindle doesn't work for me, no matter how fancy the pen I use. The stuff I've found to be satisfactory in stores is pretty expensive.
     
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    Almost forgot my V-tech portable phone, Durabrand computer speakers and wireless Samsung charger.
     
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