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The Desk

December 5, 2008

Do yourself a favour, make your desk as comfortable as possible for your computing. Here you are with a laptop or netbook, and you are scrunched over looking at the 10”/15” screen and using that 75-95% keyboard, and that trackpad which you have never gotten used to. No, it does not have to be this way.

1. Clear the desk area

2. Get yourself a big monitor, a full sized keyboard and a separate mouse.

3. Get yourself a laptop cooler/docking station with a USB hub (separate or built-in)

4. Plug the big monitor into your laptop/netbook and set it up as an extended desktop, keeping the primary as the laptop screen. Save this as a quick select option, taking care to position your external screen as you need it – in other words so you move your mouse off the right edge of the laptop screen and it appears on the left of your second screen which is to the right of your laptop! You have more than doubled your desktop in pixels and you have created a huge screen real estate to do all that work, and you will notice how much more productive this sort of setup is within hours.

5. Plug the USB hub in and get the full sized keyboard and mouse plugged into it, and onwards plug the USB hub (if it is separate) into the docking station, and get working with those. All of a sudden, you are not crouched over the little machine looking like the hunchback of Notre dame.

6. Make sure the cooler is on, to ensure that you have the maximum life out of your laptop and its components when you are using it at full pelt.

7. Make sure that you have plenty of light (natural and artificial) on demand and that you can fully control it.

8. Have you still got an area where you can write? Good. If not, then make one as you will use it – paperwork still exists.

9. Now all you need to do to move off and onto your desk is plug in the USB, the monitor maybe and do a keypress/mouse select and you are docked/portable in seconds. This is the model of the Long Distance Workers Desk.

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