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Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 215

This is the coolest thing I ever heard of.

The question is: how long was he able to run the scam before getting busted - could he have folded up shop and skipped town before catching the heat?

Not that I'm advocating the behavior, but getting a business license in Washington State costs something like $500. Probably cheaper than paying for porn sites for years.

Comment Re: Start with an 8' tall throne (Score 1) 303

Geese actually work better for security. They're cheaper to feed and dar more vicious and territorial. Plus you can use their down to line your pillows.

We actually have geese. I can attest to this. They make a *racket* when the slightest thing is out of place. Someone creeps on to your property? *HONK* *SCREECH* *HONK*

Someone drives past your property? *HONK* *SCREECH*

You walk out your front door to go to work? *HONK*, etc...

A crow flies over?
Your bedroom window is ajar and you cough in the middle of the night?
The wind changes direction?

Yeah. Geese are good watchdogs, they just don't know what they're supposed to be watching for...

Comment Re:Easy - buyt a container. (Score 1) 303

Just buy a container and convert it. Steel floor, walls, roof, doors. Paint it distinctive colors, (maybe a rainbow) and should someone try to swipe it, it will stick out like a sore thumb.

I've never been in a shipping container. How easy is it to mount lighting, or wire up a few network jacks? Did you basically 'frame in' an office inside the container?

Comment Re:Dig down first (Score 1) 303

Before you do anything - dig a big hole and put one of those giant concrete septic tanks in it. For extra special paranoia, punch a hole in one side, put a metal door in it and then fill out a trench filled with sand so you have an escape tunnel.

It's cruel to tempt libertarians this way...

Comment Re:Building (Score 1) 303

A separate structure will require power and HVAC and unless you fancy running through the cold when you need to pee it'll require plumbing too.

It's a farm. I'll just open the door and go. (kidding)

I do have the option to hook another bathroom to our septic system, but I'm not too worried about it. It would be about a 60-second walk back to the house, and while it's always raining in the northwest, it's usually only below freezing for a few weeks out of the year. Maybe I'll get an umbrella.

HVAC is a tricky beast. You have to control both temperature and humidity. You can hack together temperature control with cheap window units but if you want humidity control so you're not wet in the summer and sick (because of the dryness) in the winter you'll need real (expensive) HVAC.

I'm one of those people that rarely gets cold. As a kid I regularly wore sandals during the winter. Heat on the other hand sucks. Anything above ~65ish and I'm miserable. I figure the small collection of servers would be enough to keep it warm. They are currently in a closet off the bedroom, and the bedroom is currently ~65ish while it's ~30 outside.

Power is a fiddly beast too. You're not just running an outlet here, you're feeding a subpanel.

You're not erecting a shed here. You're in to at least a few tens of thousands of dollars.

Anything over 12v DC and I get nervous. I'm basically capable of replacing a 110 outlet or a light fixture, but I've been nailed a few times by what my electrician called a 'shared neutral' (I could be mis-remembering. No power to the outlet because I turned the breaker off, then my wife flipped a switch in another room and I got nailed. The 3-light power tester thing still said the outlet was dead). Regardless, I'll have an electrician hook all that up. I'd rather pay for it in cash than pay for it with my life. ;)

Just how generous is your new employer?

Surprisingly. I told them my target wage. They asked "why so low". I replied that they were taking a risk on hiring me--especially for a remote position, but that I knew my stuff and would bring in a lot of money during my 6-month 'probation'. I told them once probation was over I would re-negotiate. When they sent over their offer, it was nearly double.

Comment Re:Here (Score 1) 303

2) A nice desk, with a surface that breathes; you don't want glass or something else that will make you sweat when you make solid contact with it.

Never thought of that one. Hmm.... My last desk was some piece of junk from Walmart for $100. It worked pretty well but was too small. I 'upgraded' to a glass table-top, but I've only had it for the last few months (during the winter) and I haven't had to deal with temperatures above 65 in the office. Any recommendations?

4) A *great* keyboard, if you will be typing.

Already have a DasKeyboard. ;)

5) a fast, quality computer. You won't regret it.

Have to work with a corp-issued Apple device. It'll be nice to be on BSD, but it'll suck having to get used to the new keystrokes and/or find ways and tools to make it more 'normal'.

6) Depending on how distractable you are and who else is around, and at what distances, you might want to consider soundproofing. This provides both privacy and prevents others from being irritated with your own noises.

That's the whole point of building an office outdoors. My current option is to stay indoors in the only available space I have: bedroom. Paper-thin walls between it and the rest of the house.

Good advice. Thanks!

Comment Re:how... what... (Score 1) 303

Yeah, if you don't know what your needs are, how do you even know you have needs?

Do you have a packing crate to use as a chair/table? Done.

Now when you figure out why that is an unpleasant office, you'll already know what things you need! You'll never have to ask anybody.

By that logic, don't use industry best-practices. Set your password to 1234 until you get hacked and realize you should have been using SSH keys.

There are a lot of smarter minds out there that have already gone through the trials and tribulations of a home office--or even an at-work office that could advise things I would never have considered.

Comment Re:Some suggestions (Score 1) 8

Run fiber rather than CAT 5e. You avoid grounding issues and it can be faster.

I've never had to deal with fiber other than existing pre-terminated installations in large businesses. Basically just plug a pre-made patch cable in between the panel and a NIC.

Doesn't it require a lot of expensive tools to terminate?

Submission + - Setting up a work-from-home office? 8

darkpixel2k writes: I was recently hired to work from home as a software developer, and given a budget to set up my home office. My home is small, and I have young children, so I need to come up with a solution where I can work without distraction. Duct tape over their mouths between 8 and 5 isn't the best option. I live out in farm country, so I have plenty of space outside to stand up a small structure and convert it into an office.

My plan is to trench CAT6 from our ISP fiber DMARC over to the ~12x20 building, wire the structure up for network and power, and furnish it with a small rack, UPS, switch, router, a desk, whiteboard walls, a wireless access point, and an air conditioner for the summer heat. Maybe even make a nice walkway between the house and the structure because I live in a perpetual mud-pit of a farm.

While I have the 'big picture' idea in my head, I don't really have a grasp of the fine details that would make it a comfortable work environment. For example, I realized a few hours ago that the structure would have a plywood floor. That might not be the best for a nice rolley-chair. Should I put down carpet and one of those plastic mats for chairs? A friend suggested I wire up speakers so I don't have to listen to my terrible laptop speakers, and a large flat-screen TV so I can display dashboards and statistics.

Lastly, physical security is somewhat of an issue. While everything is insured, downtime of a few days or weeks due to meth heads would be a huge impact to the company and also on my paycheck. I was talking with the local company that builds small office-like structures, sheds, and barns and they said they can 'double up' the 2x4s to strengthen the walls and make a stronger door, but I need to supply my own lock. Should I use some off-the-shelf lock from a big-box hardware store? Should I install a digital lock? (It would be nice to not fish around for keys)

While the money for this project isn't unlimited, the company was unbelievably generous to bring me on board.

If someone gave you a big chunk of change to build a small one or two room office, what would you do?

Comment Re:Warning: Windows 10 is draining your battery (Score 1) 377

Chrome may be a bigger part of that than Linux.

I've an i5/4/128gb SP3 which is still running Windows 8.1. Recently I got annoyed at the modern IE so threw on Chrome and have been using it as the default browser for the last few weeks and have noticed a similar drop in battery life.

I noticed the same thing. If I run with ~170 tabs open in Chrome, it sucks battery life and memory.

If I run with ~25 tabs in IE, it crashes.

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