The company runs from my Garage, we have a pool table, a drum kit, a bitchin mp3 server/player, lots of games and we somehow manage to do some work occaisionally.
When I was in high-school I got a broken down Dihatsu Charade that I had to tow to my house. I ripped everything out except the front passenger seat (that's on the left in my country) and sat it on its old tires. I installed all my computers and sound system
in there (quite a few, my PII, an old Amiga, a really old IBM-JX, a TV, etc.). The grand-daddy of them all was the subsonic attenuator that I bolted to the bottom of the car, so when I got hit with a rocket in Quake II I *really* knew about it.
Oh, and I painted it black, including the windows, and spray painted 'The Machine' over the side doors in high-gloss red paint (that dripped a little to look extra intimidating). Most awesome car EVER!
If only I could find a picture..
That's what I need - a subsonic attenuator! What a very cool idea. Quake 3 with a rumbling throne to sit on. Way cool...
Do you think you can find some pics? How was it set up?
Do you think you can find some pics? How was it set up?
There is only one photo that I know of that I have of it. Which is a shame. I have no idea where that photo is, but assuming it hasn't been lost it'll be at my parents place somewhere, which isn't anywhere near where I am right now..
Unfortnately, I had a bulky 17" CRT that I needed to install. I had removed the dashboard, etc. and installed my own framework. I had a plank where the gear stick used to be which is where my mouse was, and I had a wooden framework where my keyboard sat (where
the glove box used to be) inclined towards me. I had punched out the front window, and angle grinded off the bonnet and built a housing for my computer in there, with an area for my monitor to sit above it. I used old cardboard boxes (fridge boxes) to seal
off the area infront of the car and above the windscreen, so the front looked kind of boxy and awkward as a result, but I painted it, so it still looked cool.
For the subsonic attentuator I just got an old 'game backpack' from the bargain big at Jaycar (they were a bad idea, they were supposed to make the games more 'exciting' but all they really did was ruin your back, they came out price at $300, but I got one
for $10 when everyone realised that they sucked) and I ripped out the driver (basically it was similar to a normal speaker). I drilled four holes in it around the edges, got some sturdy bolts and bolted it to the bottom of the car, immediately under the front
passenger seat. It bought new meaning to the word 'bass'. Heh, heh. Basically because it was so firmly attached to the car body, when it hammered the entire car shook. I went to great lengths to make sure that everything was a 'sturdy' as I could make it,
to avoid crappy fuzzy noises that you can get as a result of low frequency sounds (like rattling windows, etc.). The shot-gun in Quake II was the worst, if I picked up one of those in a game my entire neighborhood knew about it.
I just had the four tires from the car laid sideways on the ground and sat the entire car body on that. This was good too, because it sat on 'solid rubber' which meant it could shake properly, without vibrating too much. Because everything was sealed and painted
black (inlucding the windows), it was always pitch-black in there except for the glow of the monitor (so it didn't matter if it was day or night or whatever).
It was pretty cool. I used to pretty much live in there. It was really comfortable too, because car seats are basically designed well, and you can really *recline* in them. Definitely the best 'work space' I've ever had. It wasn't very portable though. I used
to live in the garage, so it was basically 'in my bedroom' as it were. (oh, and I had a drum kit too, no pool table though! I used to collect old gaming consoles, I think I had, um, all of them?
damn...i need to really take some photos of my room and my pretty machines and consoles.....
Ok, so it's not really, but I like to imagine it is from time to time. In reality my workspace consists of a small office with a window and a messy desk, littered with stacks of paper, manuals, half drank coffees and empty soda cans.
Where'd you get that desk? I really like the looks of it. Stylish yet functional.
(I would have asked you this directly but you didn't list an email address and PM's aren't enabled on the forums yet)
I got it from Wal-Mart. I don't know if they carry them anymore. I know I haven't seen it for sale at my Wal-Mart for a long time. It cost about $30.
Oops, I thought I had my e-mail listed. I'll fix that.
Thanks for the reply. Congrat's on finding a desk like that for so little money. You've got a good looking setup there.
Appreciate the addition of the email address, too.
I never really posted anything about my workspace describing it (just the picture), so I guess I should.
As you can see from my photos, I have two desks arranged in an L-shaped configuration. The desk on my left is a simple table with fold-out legs. I use that desk for paperwork. The desk on the right (the cool
Wal-Mart desk) is reserved for the computers (obviously).
Two things I really like about the computer desk:
(1) The monitors are raised from the surface of the desk. Proper ergronomics (sp?) says that your monitor should be raised to that the top half of the screen is right at eye-level. Most people have their monitors way too low on their desks (especially laptop
(2) No keyboard drawer. I have pretty long legs, so I often hit a keyboard drawer with my knees. It's pretty rare to find a computer desk without a keyboard drawer built in.
The desks are setup in the living room, and arranged so that I can watch TV while I'm using the computers. It's also nice because I have a very broad surface (6ft wide) for paperwork. When I'm doing my taxes, the large paperwork space is comes in handy.
I tried keep my computer and paperwork on one desk for a few years. It never worked out. I never had enough room. I always had to move my keyboard.
One drawback to the setup: From behind, the back of my computer desk looks pretty nasty. The computer desk was made to go against a wall, so the back of it is raw particle board. The wires running to the monitors (all three of them) and the spaeakers all
all exposed. So is the back of the computer tower. I've done my best to keep the rat's nest in order, but there's only so much you can do.
I plan to get two short bookshelves (less than 3ft tall) to go behind the computer desk and cover up the wires. I need new bookshelves anyway.
When I finally buy a house (I live in an apt. now), I'll invest in professional-looking office furniture from Office Depot.
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