• Mac Pro
    2.8GHz Quad Core
    10 GB RAM
    2.32 TB Internal Space with
    500GB External
    OS 10.6.1
  • Printer cable, used only temporarily
  • Planar P190M on a custom built stand, rotated into portrait. 1024 x 1280.
  • Planar P190M on a custom built stand, rotated into portrait. 1024 x 1280.
  • 13" MacBook Pro
    2.53GHz Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    250GB HDD
    OS 10.6.1
  • Orange pen my mom gave me
  • Post-Its
  • Little Mario Mushroom guy
  • Samsung 245BW - 1920x1200
  • Samsung T240HD - 1920x1200
  • MACbook pRO Box - zim2411
  • Bedsheets (from bed not being made) - zim2411
  • Alving Swing-Arm Lamp off Amazon
    ($18 or so)
  • Logitech MX Revolution
  • MX Revolution Dock
  • Some post-its - zim2411
  • Aluminum Apple Keyboard
  • Surround Sound Speaker Cable Mess going to the Logitech Z-5500s - zim2411
  • iPod Shuffle - 1GB
  • feet go here. - zim2411
  • Not Pictured Here:
    iPhone 3G - OS 3.1
  • Linux server somewhere back here...
  • Lego Heart from his giiiirrrlllfffriiieendd - zim2411
  • Logitech Webcam
  • Clothes. - zim2411
  • Top Secrat Arduino Things - zim2411
  • Galaxy - zim2411
  • Dirty Clothes Bag - zim2411
  • Circuit board coaster - zim2411
  • Unix rulez - roney

Setup - Oct 6 2009

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This is my setup as of October 6th, 2009. I am studying Computer Science, and this is where I do all of my work and spend a lot of my day. I've designed the setup to be space-concious, while comfortable, and I think I've succeeded. As you can probably tell, this is actually located under my bed, because of limited space in my dorm. Taken with a Canon XSi.

As you can tell, I do a lot of development. I also use this setup as a general computer, but I rarely (if ever) play games on it. If anyone knows how to get Half Life 2 to stretch across all 4 displays in Vista, let me know...

m.neal87, LucaDC_, fail32, humedini, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. kamihacker 66 months ago | reply

    I have a similar quad head set up, I like how you use the rotated displays on both ends, I could do that with my ergotron arms, but I have (old) semi-square displays on my two ends, not wide (not planing to change for now)

    Congrats for that config

  2. roney 65 months ago | reply

    mac os, linux and posix unix rulez!!!

    great noc!

  3. tectra 65 months ago | reply

    What is that application open?

  4. Elliot Swan 65 months ago | reply

    That's seriously impressive.

    - Blogged on WorthWorkingFor

  5. alexander ward 65 months ago | reply

    You should do a video on this.

  6. gotkube 64 months ago | reply

    Looks cozy. :)

  7. petervarga 63 months ago | reply

    dream setup!!!! I'm a little jealous, are you a coder, or a sysadmin?

    alom gepek.. 1 nap az en asztalom is ilyen lesz :).. remelem...

  8. Peter Hajas 63 months ago | reply

    Thanks for all the comments! I'm shooting to mimic Mitch Haile's setup, which I think is a perfect example of tools matching the user's needs. I'm constantly improving locations of things, if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

    kamihacker - I actually have two 4:3 screens rotated near the edges, they're not widescreen. I recommend trying rotating the edges, it seems to help to match the resolutions of the 24s.

    EvoTrance - I'm currently running XCode, with Terminal in the lower right of the farthest right display (running top).

    Elliot Swan - Cool blog! I'm going to subscribe!

    Alexander - A YouTube video is forthcoming once I clean my desk and add some more hardware :)

    gotkube - Thanks! I tried to make it a little less mechanical and more homey, I hate the setups that seem to demand that you leave things exactly where they are. That said, it's important to be clean, I find it hard to work when there's a mess.

    imoldman - I am a developer/coder, sysadmin, and general computer guy. I find this allows me to do everything I want without typically running out of space. I can actually remember times when I have run out of real estate.

  9. alexander ward 63 months ago | reply

    Mitch Haile's setup is a bit too much for me, but I agree that it's absolutely perfect for him. I've been looking into getting a second Samsung monitor, 245t? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the 245B and the T240HD.

  10. Peter Hajas 63 months ago | reply


    Here are my thoughts on the two displays. I am in a unique position as I use them both side by side, so I can attest to their strengths and weaknesses. I'm doing this from memory, and I'll do a video comparison (if you want) when I get back to campus later this month:

    245BW: Phenomenal display, awesome design, and a very professional appearance. I've owned it for over two years (since December of 2007) and there's only slight light bleed on the right of the display. Light is not totally even throughout the display, but this is nothing to complain about. Of note, the VESA mount on the back is 200mm x 100mm, an unusual size. This is the better of the two displays as far as picture quality.

    T240HD: Pretty good display. Takes longer to power on (about 1.8x times) than the 245BW, which can be annoying. More light bleed/uneven light on this display, yet colors seem to pop a little more. The button on the front is touch-only responsive, which can be irritating, but it's still fine enough to use. It comes with this terrible sounding bootup chime that I recommend turning off immediately. This screen also acts as a TV, with HDMI/component inputs, as well as a cable jack and a tuner. It seems to perform well, especially on the HD cable channels offered on campus. Of note also is that there is NO VESA mount on the back of this display, you have to order a $40 adapter from Samsung. I intend on VESA mounting these screens soon, so I have to buy the adapter.

    I'm looking into a third 24" display, and I think I'm going to do another T240HD. Then I'll have (from left to right) Planar, T240HD, 245BW, T240HD, Planar. Who knows, though. Displays cost $$!

    I hope this helps!

  11. alexander ward 63 months ago | reply

    Thanks a lot Peter, for your response. I think I'm correct in thinking that the 245BW is now discontinued? The 245t, is the successor I assume and that uses a PVA panel rather than a TN panel, it also has a HDMI input. As for the 240HD, it seems like a nice monitor but it seems more like a television. Take a look at the 245t, it could be a good monitor for you, although it is quite expensive.

    Haha, that would be a lot of screen, I haven't heard of Planar before. Do you have any more room for that 24"?

  12. alexander ward 62 months ago | reply

    Oh, and a video response would be great, if you have the time!

  13. Peter Hajas 61 months ago | reply

    What kind of video response would you like?

  14. alexander ward 61 months ago | reply

    Just describing the monitors and show how good they are at different tasks. Only if you've got time though, wouldn't want to impose!

  15. pun574 47 months ago | reply

    what is the soware you running????

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