Tools to Improve Working at Home - Episode 255 - Show Notes

Tools to Improve Working at Home - Episode 255

Sunday Mar 28, 2021 (00:32:26)

Description

This month marks the 1 year anniversary of "15 days to slow the spread" and it has brought with it a number of new challenges. For many people, it was the first experience of working from home instead of going into an office. That change in paradigm created a need to rethink our homes, as well as the tools that we use to get through our workday.

The most important recommendation has been to carve out space in your home that is your work area. This helps to prevent the feeling of never leaving work and always being at home. It can be confusing emotionally to not have a separation between these aspects of your life. It doesn't need to be a whole room, but some space is good.

Of course, there are items that can improve your work, as well. A great keyboard for your computer can improve your typing and reduce strain on your wrist. Avram uses the Hexgears Impulse and Scott uses the Razer Cynosa V2 with the Razer Tartarus keyboard extension. A good mouse is also important, and Avram uses a Logitech M510 wireless mouse and Scott uses a Razer DeathAdder wired mouse.

A good webcam is another useful component. This is because the webcam that is built in to your laptop is statistically garbage. At this point, nearly no manufacturer includes a decent webcam, so getting an external one can make you look far more together on a meeting. Avram uses the Logitech C920 and Scott uses the bigger sibling Logitech C930.

Other enhancements include multiple monitors, wrist rests for your keyboard and mouse, and a decent office or gaming chair. Everyone's experiences differ, though, and we are very interested in what our viewers and listeners have used to improve their experiences. Feel free to contact us and let us know what tools have made your work from home experience better.

Participants

Scott Ertz

Host

Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch

Host

Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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