The family that computes together, stays together

This is my new work area. This is where the magic happens. :-) At 10.5 feet long, it's nearly 28 square feet of total desk surface.


It is a thing of beauty.


I put this setup together with the idea that the whole family could share it. I spend so much time at home now, it's a great way for me to get work done and help the girl with her homework at the same time. The kids use the machine at the far end, a Shuttle SFF with AMD guts running Ubuntu Linux 5.10 (Breezy). The lovely and talented wife uses this spot as home base for her Windows laptop. And of course I've got my little slice of office heaven here at this end dual booting Ubuntu Linux 6.10 (Edgy, pictured) and (infrequently) Windows XP.

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  • kenken_99 8y

    Nice to see that Shuttle you built a few years back is still running (both of mine are too). This is a the perfect setup for the connected family...
  • marciel silva 8y

    que computador em
  • Cindi Miller Herleman 8y

    nerd nirvana! what an awesome way to combine your work and family! awesome.
  • Brussels is Boring (Cass) 8y

    "Not 100% business": love it! Hahaha!
  • Steph Meslin-Weber 8y

    Now this is a setup I can see being useful for when I get kids of my own :-)
  • Sarey* 8y

    Fantastic idea... something we need in our house...
  • Gerardo Garibay 8y

    Great idea, will have to work in something similar.
  • Victoriano Izquierdo 8y

    jajaja muy bueno

    your family, your passion, your job, you!
    beautiful portrait :)!
  • The Desire 8y

  • ・ku・ 8y

    I love this because I see my husband and I having a similar set up for our children! Only a three months to go! ^o^
  • Rob Collier 8y

    what size screens you running?
  • John Watson 8y

    Mine are each 20 inches. The others are 15.
  • Peach1200 7y

    ...this workspace is so nice!!
    Great to see a family together this way... =)
  • Giepmans Photography 7y

    Haha, know this. :) Have the same at home with my pc and laptop, and at the office (with using 2 different systems)
  • 살바도르 7y

    hahahaha hopefully i'll have something similar looking in 10 years
  • Asha Dornfest 7y

    Beautiful - thanks for the pointer, John.
  • Scott Hodson 7y

    Personally, I have a hard time concentrating with my kids around. I can do busywork, browsing for info, but trying to code algorithms or debug something gnarly, I need to have the kids away and/or the headphones on with some form of pulsating music to keep me energized and free of distraction. I actually have 2 offices in the house: upstairs in our bedroom retreat for silence, solitude and a white board, the other downstairs where my wife also works and the kids can hang out in. I pay bills there, research stocks, play games, watch TV on the TV tuner, etc. down there. I call it "ambient" family time.
  • Mayuresh Sawardekar 1y

    What type of desk is it ?
  • Karolina Karlsson 2mo

    Love this pic! Did you know people on PicHit are looking for photos of Kids on Computers right now?
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