For most of us working stiffs, we only buy or rent as much house as we deem is necessary to our lifestyles. That often means that we won’t be paying a premium to aquire an extra bedroom just to use as a home office. Most of us and our friends keep our workspaces in the bedroom or living room, but some can get creative and carve a space out of an unused closet. But why stop there? What other unused space in your home might you make your office…
He insulated, air conditioned and painted his two-car garage to be his home office slash home cinema room slash photo studio slash workshop and hack lab. He was also able to hide most of the wiring away because of the way he worked the space basically from scratch, saying he has “cAT5 everywhere, OF speaker cable in the ceiling and coax for various purposes all linked into the patch panel.” What great inspiration for making the most of an otherwise unused space.
Synology’s latest DS409Slim NAS is small enough to warrant a space in your home or office, but despite its relatively small size, you will still be able to fit in a quartet of 2.5″ hard drives for up to a maximum of 1TB of storage space. Standard issue NAS specifications apply here with a 1.2GHz Marvell processor, 128MB RAM, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, a solitary eSATA port, DLNA certification and support for UPnP. Expect to pick up the Synology DS409Slim NAS for approximately $400 when it starts shipping later this month.
Philips designed the LightFrame 220XW9 widescreen LCD display in similar fashion to their line of Ambilight technology televisions with a peripheral lighting system which eases eye strain and perhaps the blues, using a cool halo of blue light similar to full spectrum lights used to treat seasonal disorder…
Unlike the Ambilight televisions, the 22″ Philips LightFrame 220XW9FW doesn’t change various colours to match those being displayed, but they’ve brought on an actual medical practitioner to vouch for the system’s utility against eye fatigue:
Dr. A. Johnson’s study concluded: “…a significant proportion of people performing computer tasks prefer working with Philips LightFrame compared to working without it. The common reason given for their preferences is that LightFrame helps them concentrate and makes them feel less tired and more rested.”
The 22-inch Philips 220XW9 widescreen LCD monitor is available in a piano white finish, features Philips SmartImage (system which changes contrast, colour saturation, response time and sharpness dynamically in relation to image), 2ms response time, and dynamic contrast ratio of 12,000:1.
Dr. Rabbit needed a new office in her New York apartment. What was once before was just screaming a much needed overhaul – a crowded mess of mix-matched furniture, old blinds, and a huge TV; everything had to go. After months of planning, she finally made a trip to her local IKEA and Lowes for wall paint. The result?
Being I’m an Art Director by trade, I really wanted to go with an “Artsy” feel to the room. I also wanted to open up the sliding glass door more and have the whole thing be more airy…
With more USB peripherals than we know what to do with—our slim Mac Laptop frequently is plugged up with a mouse, a flash drive, camera cord, iPod Nano and an iPod Shuffle—it can get tough to find ports for it all. A USB hub is a great solution.
It’s not a secret solution, either. We’ve already seen rotary phone USB hubs, DIY’d VHS tape USB hubs and USB hubs made to look like cassette tapes, but clearly the name of the game for most USB hubs is novelty, not subtlety. But now we have something as low-profile as this wall- or desk-mountable USB hub from AudioCubes.com.
There’s hooks to hang the power-socket style hub from screws or use it’s magnetic back to tack the hub to your computer tower or metal desk. Grab one here for $39.99.
In the past I’ve written about how you can save money by reducing the amount of paper you use and the 7 basics of green procurement (which includes defining office supplies standards). Now, let’s talk about basic office supplies that are great, green and cheap. It’s easier to buy green office products than ever before. The three largest office supply retailers, Staples, Office Depot and Office Max each carry thousands of reasonably priced products with recycled content and other environmental attributes.
Some even innovate. Take Office Max, they were one of the first national retailers to carry TerraCycle products and they now sell a range of their products from notebooks made from used potato chip bags to juice pouch pencil cases. There are also a number of green office suppliers online such as Green Line Paper.com, TheGreenOffice.com or Green Apple School Supply that offer thousands of eco-friendly products. And green promotional item companies like John Simonetta’s ProformaGreen.com and EcoPromotionsOnline.com are also good places to find green office supplies. I found ten awesome green office supply products under $10 because no matter how small every single purchase has an impact on the environment. Whether you’re buying copy paper or forklifts, that purchasing decision is an environmental decision. So, if you want to start with some small stuff, basic office supplies are a great place to start. Here are my favorite cheap, green office supplies: