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My computer
2x 28"
2x 25"



hand built desk and unit



View the other end of my office






" I will follow my rules, I will take my stops, I will be disciplined and i will work with the market....NOT AGAINST IT! Professional mind control is the key"
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My computer
2x 28"
2x 25"

Nice tropical aquarium, used to have one very relaxing and fascinating but a lot of maintenance and spending

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I got over excited in the games shop this weekend....

Added one of these:



A pair of these:



And one of these:



Because we all need the ability to watch the Flinstones on our keyboards...

It would appear the gamers have been keeping all the good stuff to themselves...

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Nice tropical aquarium, used to have one very relaxing and fascinating but a lot of maintenance and spending



Cheers

Yes very high maintenance....actually more than my woman if you believe it

So worth it though, love it


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Nice tropical aquarium, used to have one very relaxing and fascinating but a lot of maintenance and spending

Is it?

Thought it was his screen saver.... duh....

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Is it?

Thought it was his screen saver.... duh....

You played too much over the weekend with your nice new toy, the corals are in very good shape it means a lot of care, good water blend, and a lot of light.

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Here are some trading desks for you, I hope that I am not getting banned for posting the pics....


(1) if you do not want to enter any trade without confirmation ....




(2a) if you trade size but can't stand the pressure :




(2b) if you trade size but can't stand the pressure, model for gay traders:




(3) for blind traders who cannot watch the monitor themselves:




(4) trading desk removed for fear of censorship

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Here are some trading desks for you, I hope that I am not getting banned for posting the pics....



(1) if you do not want to enter any trade without confirmation ....




(2a) if you trade size but can't stand the pressure :




(2b) if you trade size but can't stand the pressure, model for gay traders:




(3) for blind traders who cannot watch the monitor themselves:




(4) is this really Sharky's desk?

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@Fat Tails, I like it but trust me Mike will get on your case for that last one...get rid of it before he figures it out.....

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This is my desk and my trading room.

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Here's my trading setup...

6 monitors. 3 Dell 22" (bottom row on EasyMountLCD 3 monitor stand), 1 ASUS 27" (middle top), 1 Samsung 20" (top left) and 1 Dell 20" (top right). The smaller Dell + Samsung monitors will be replaced later this year.

The desk is an IKEA Galant Desk and my chair (not shown) is a BodyBilt Executive Chair with Headrest.

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Throughout this thread I have noticed a conspicuous lack of mousepads on many desks. You'll be amazed at the difference a good surface with some fresh teflon mousefeet will do. My personal favourite are the steelseries S&S pads (slightly textured hard plastic), but the QCK (cloth) ones are good too.

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Throughout this thread I have noticed a conspicuous lack of mousepads on many desks. You'll be amazed at the difference a good surface with some fresh teflon mousefeet will do. My personal favourite are the steelseries S&S pads (slightly textured hard plastic), but the QCK (cloth) ones are good too.

thanks for info on pads, but I prefer trackball mouses no pad needed, all i move is my thumb on ball, no wrist issues later in life...I hope

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I have noticed a conspicuous lack of coffee cups... only 2 in the entire thread! wtf?

I also am developing a strong case of monitor inadequacy...

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I also am developing a strong case of monitor inadequacy...

It's not the size websouth, its how you use them!



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thanks for info on pads, but I prefer trackball mouses no pad needed, all i move is my thumb on ball, no wrist issues later in life...I hope


I use this one.


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It's not the size websouth, its how you use them!



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I might be wrong, but I thought that trading is all about size...or don't we all want to trade size?

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A lefty!

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@wldman, I found this article by Lance Beggs helpful in thinking about screen set up. He references his past as a miltary helicopter pilot and the habit of selective radial scan when navigating the markets. The linked article has suggestions for 1 monitor, but I thought it was an interesting way to think about setting up your screens visually.

From his website, looks like he trades off a two-monitor set up.

I have been asking and trying to start conversation on visual ergonomics and color schemes that enforce a conditioned response. Interesting that ALL of the research on that is from the field of aviation (mostly military). Thanks for the interesting article. DB

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so the trouble with trading on your iphone isn't that the screen is so small....it's that the tendency to throw it when a trade goes wrong is so large...




mostly trade on a laptop with a single monitor Might have to up my game after reading this thread
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Lots of cool setups, kudos to all for sharing

While looking for cable management and concealment ideas, I came across this setup:

Desk with Meters | Matthew Fickett

It doesn't have 32 monitors or anything, and the PC looks pretty pedestrian to some of the available cases out there, there is a very strong geek-chic vibe.

Here's a shot of it during the day, with everything essentially concealed:



Here's pretty much the same shot but with stuff opened up showcasing the uberslcik geekout efforts:



Aw yeah, it's business time now, y'all:



Not gonna lie, I got a little bit of desk envy going on right now

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Throughout this thread I have noticed a conspicuous lack of mousepads on many desks. You'll be amazed at the difference a good surface with some fresh teflon mousefeet will do. My personal favourite are the steelseries S&S pads (slightly textured hard plastic), but the QCK (cloth) ones are good too.

Funnily enough - I actually tested out a number of different desk colors before deciding on the final color. Mostly for mouseability...

I never have an issue but I can't use the red-light optical mice, has to be the blue ones. Not sure what the difference is though.

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I use this one.


Nice - I gave up on my wireless mouse & keyboards. Lovely bits of kit but ultimately a little glitchy. Not often but often enough to be a pain in the ass.

Both were by Microsoft and I think it was about $200 for the set, so not cheap.

Just that very occasionally, they would not communicate. You'd just move the device a quarter inch & it'd be fine again. The distance to the receiver was way less than 2m and it's not as if my desk is made from lead or anything.

Wired is the way for me. Including teh internet connection.

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Nice - I gave up on my wireless mouse & keyboards. Lovely bits of kit but ultimately a little glitchy. Not often but often enough to be a pain in the ass.

Both were by Microsoft and I think it was about $200 for the set, so not cheap.

Just that very occasionally, they would not communicate. You'd just move the device a quarter inch & it'd be fine again. The distance to the receiver was way less than 2m and it's not as if my desk is made from lead or anything.

Wired is the way for me. Including teh internet connection.

@DionysusToast

I think I spotted your problem.... (Bold print above) .....

1. I have NEVER had an issue with Logitech.

2. The small receiver works well for laptops and it will control a wireless keyboard and track ball through the same small receiver. When trading , I seldom need a keyboard.

3. You can easily pop the trackball out for cleaning without taking anything apart.

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@Big Mike: But don't ask me why the largest book is a reprint of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles "History of Java" from 1817.

Also there are a few bad books that I should have hidden, but I decided not to rearrange any books for the picture.

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Her is my desk. Just two 24"-monitors. Window is to the left. The desk is a DIY job. Couch at the opposing wall.

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FWIW:
I agree, hard wired is the only way. Batteries quit at the worst possible time. Be very careful with Logitech upgrades. Monday morning I upgraded my logitech equipment and then started trading. We had news at 10:00 and the market DIPPED, and I hit my first 3 targets, and then CRASH. No BSOD--nothing.... When I did get it up and checked AppCrashView, it showed that Logitech had tried to run another update. Evidently, the first update changed my preferences for updates and tried to do one in the background resulting in the computer shutting down--turning off.

Be careful, just sayin'

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Her is my desk. Just two 24"-monitors. Window is to the left. The desk is a DIY job. Couch at the opposing wall.

The desk looks great (not what my DIY would have looked like). And I dig that stool!

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The desk looks great (not what my DIY would have looked like). And I dig that stool!

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The image quality is not good enough but if you see the desk from nearby you won't fail to notice that it is a DIY job. The stool is called "Swopper".

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FWIW:
I agree, hard wired is the only way. Batteries quit at the worst possible time. Be very careful with Logitech upgrades. Monday morning I upgraded my logitech equipment and then started trading. We had news at 10:00 and the market DIPPED, and I hit my first 3 targets, and then CRASH. No BSOD--nothing.... When I did get it up and checked AppCrashView, it showed that Logitech had tried to run another update. Evidently, the first update changed my preferences for updates and tried to do one in the background resulting in the computer shutting down--turning off.

Be careful, just sayin'

@RPinSC

What possessed you to update your equipment right before the market opened?

Unless that was a wireless only update .... Wouldn't that have happened anyway?

That's why I do ALL maintenance after the market closes. I have all updates including Windows set to notify me when updates are available. NO automatic downloads on ANYTHING.

I've had this setup for years and have never had a mishap because of the wireless trackball. But then again ... I keep track of how long I've been on the same batteries, have batteries on hand and watch the low battery warning light.

Besides I trade on a laptop ... worst case .... I just use the touch pad.

I'm just a simple man trading a simple plan.

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Amazingly underwhelming, but it works for me!


I think that there is no worse setup than an overwhelming one, so underwhelming should be just about right, yours looks rather nice to me!
I guess one machine is dedicated to trading and the other is everything else? But why do you use two keyboards/mice?

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Thanks and yes, the machine on the right (the two screens to the very right) is for my order execution machine + order tracking. I don't use this for anything but placing orders and tracking results. The three screens ahead are for my charting and research and development efforts.

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Here are some trading desks for you, I hope that I am not getting banned for posting the pics....


(1) if you do not want to enter any trade without confirmation ....




(2a) if you trade size but can't stand the pressure :




(2b) if you trade size but can't stand the pressure, model for gay traders:




(3) for blind traders who cannot watch the monitor themselves:




(4) trading desk removed for fear of censorship

Dear Fat Tails,
You are always so kind informing us ..... Could you please estimate the cost of each set up separately ...??? And also what the Profit/Loss can be .....

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Dear Fat Tails,
You are always so kind informing us ..... Could you please estimate the cost of each set up separately ...??? And also what the Profit/Loss can be .....

Thank you
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@dimitri: I have not tested those setups personally, but setup No.4 is definitely the most expensive one, as it may have an unforeseeable impact on your P&L.

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You should a software KVM switch between PC's

Input Director - Software KVM to Control Multiple Computers



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Thanks and yes, the machine on the right (the two screens to the very right) is for my order execution machine + order tracking. I don't use this for anything but placing orders and tracking results. The three screens ahead are for my charting and research and development efforts.


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Myself running these hardware setup too. It's very recommended to split your charting and your trade entry device. Keep your trade entry device as clean as possible. KVM switches can cause some trouble, because the BIOS sometimes expects a plugged usb device at startup. Therefore (and for comfort reasons) you can use the MS tool "Mouse without borders". Then you can use one mouse (+ one keyboard) to control both systems. Additionally you have always the fall back using the mouse + keyboard from your trading device directly.

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You should a software KVM switch between PC's

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Myself running these hardware setup too. It's very recommended to split your charting and your trade entry device. Keep your trade entry device as clean as possible. KVM switches can cause some trouble, because the BIOS sometimes expects a plugged usb device at startup. Therefore (and for comfort reasons) you can use the MS tool "Mouse without borders". Then you can use one mouse (+ one keyboard) to control both systems. Additionally you have always the fall back using the mouse + keyboard from your trading device directly.

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Spot on, this was exactly my next investment

If my charts decide to freze on huge volume spike, i can still manage my trade

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Not shown two laptops, but it can't even close to Dimitri's set-ups...LOL


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I use this one.


Ah..the track ball, Either you love them, or hate them. No middle ground on these.

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You should a software KVM switch between PC's

Input Director - Software KVM to Control Multiple Computers

That's what I thought too, I use synergy, but it's very similar, I guess...

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Not shown two laptops, but it can't even close to Dimitri's set-ups...LOL


Very nice setup, looks like you got a nice distance to the monitors, but the mouse pad looks very small for so many screens!

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P.S you guys can have all the fancy key boards and mouse’s you like

Im sticking with my basic key board and usb mouse

Another problem i do not have to worry about in the heat of action

my computer reliability is almost as important as my trade plan



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Amazingly underwhelming, but it works for me!


is that Advil?

Damn good idea!

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That's what I thought too, I use synergy, but it's very similar, I guess...

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Synergy is great. I use it to control my laptop from my main machine.

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Ah..the track ball, Either you love them, or hate them. No middle ground on these.

@VinceVirgil just bought one of these. Hated for for first 10 minutes. Two days later can't go back to my old mouse. I like the fact your hand stays stationary.

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Definitely a starter kit.




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@Big Mike

Or anyone that might know.

Looking on tyke supply for a monitor stand or stands that will allow me to mount 4 monitors side by side horizontally with the monitors in a vertical position...so tall not wide as is typical.

Does anyone use such a set up or know where I might find a stand or pair of stands?

The monitors are 2 x 22 inch E228WFPC and 2 x 23 in U2312HM23

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@wldman you could purchase two dual monitor stands and rotate the monitors vertically, that is the only option I know of.

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@wldman you could purchase two dual monitor stands and rotate the monitors vertically, that is the only option I know of.

Cheers
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what I think as well....and save 700 bucks doing it too.

The concern is that on their short edge the monitors will be too tall for the stand. DB

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@VinceVirgil just bought one of these. Hated for for first 10 minutes. Two days later can't go back to my old mouse. I like the fact your hand stays stationary.

You know, now that I think about it, I never get past the first 10 minutes...in fact, its more like 5 seconds.
I never gave it a chance. Exact same Logitec with the programmable buttons.

I just bought a new convetional mouse.

Now, I'm thinking, I better look at it again...I have 30 days to try it out....thats the return policy.

Oh great, now I have to go back and try it myself or it will eat me up.

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You know, now that I think about it, I never get past the first 10 minutes...in fact, its more like 5 seconds.
I never gave it a chance. Exact same Logitec with the programmable buttons.

I just bought a new convetional mouse.

Now, I'm thinking, I better look at it again...I have 30 days to try it out....thats the return policy.

Oh great, now I have to go back and try it myself or it will eat me up.

@VinceVirgil force yourself to use it for a few days. You still may not like it but I would give it a chance. I really hate mice. I have never found one I completely liked. This one is not perfect but the fact it is stationary is a lot less stress on the wrist and hand. The trackball is much faster than regular mouse hand motion once you adjust. Looking forward to when there are no mice and we control computers just by thinking.

@ThatManFromTexas thanks for the recommendation.

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Here's my trading setup...

6 monitors. 3 Dell 22" (bottom row on EasyMountLCD 3 monitor stand), 1 ASUS 27" (middle top), 1 Samsung 20" (top left) and 1 Dell 20" (top right). The smaller Dell + Samsung monitors will be replaced later this year.

The desk is an IKEA Galant Desk and my chair (not shown) is a BodyBilt Executive Chair with Headrest.

Just saw Mike's note that my image wasn't working...I'll try again:

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@VinceVirgil force yourself to use it for a few days. You still may not like it but I would give it a chance. I really hate mice. I have never found one I completely liked. This one is not perfect but the fact it is stationary is a lot less stress on the wrist and hand. The trackball is much faster than regular mouse hand motion once you adjust. Looking forward to when there are no mice and we control computers just by thinking.

@ThatManFromTexas thanks for the recommendation.

One of the companies I worked for built control rooms for power plants. The track balls were of a size just a bit smaller than a bowling ball and fitted in such a way below the table that only a small part protruded above the desk. The operator rested the palm of his hand on this ball - the mouse buttons were positioned at his finger tips.

They worked very easy and smoothly. Guess that spoiled me. I don't know whether they still make them - probably not due to the cost.

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@Big Mike

Or anyone that might know.

Looking on tyke supply for a monitor stand or stands that will allow me to mount 4 monitors side by side horizontally with the monitors in a vertical position...so tall not wide as is typical.

Does anyone use such a set up or know where I might find a stand or pair of stands?

The monitors are 2 x 22 inch E228WFPC and 2 x 23 in U2312HM23

Thanks

Sth like THIS?
Takes up to two 24" in portrait.

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One of the companies I worked for built control rooms for power plants. The track balls were of a size just a bit smaller than a bowling ball and fitted in such a way below the table that only a small part protruded above the desk. The operator rested the palm of his hand on this ball - the mouse buttons were positioned at his finger tips.

They worked very easy and smoothly. Guess that spoiled me. I don't know whether they still make them - probably not due to the cost.

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This actually works....

Ahh, Thanks for this one. Let me guess: Made in Texas? ;-)

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One of the companies I worked for built control rooms for power plants. The track balls were of a size just a bit smaller than a bowling ball and fitted in such a way below the table that only a small part protruded above the desk. The operator rested the palm of his hand on this ball - the mouse buttons were positioned at his finger tips.

They worked very easy and smoothly. Guess that spoiled me. I don't know whether they still make them - probably not due to the cost.

A track ball the size of a bowling ball? Was the the monitor the size of a JumboTron?

Kidding, of course.

But that does sound expensive. Had to be some scientific reasons for a track ball to be so large. Precision, safety, reliabilty. Likely all 3 and more reasons that i cant think of.

I'd like to see a picture of that...

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This looks like a piece of modern art.

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A track ball the size of a bowling ball? Was the the monitor the size of a JumboTron?

Kidding, of course.

But that does sound expensive. Had to be some scientific reasons for a track ball to be so large. Precision, safety, reliabilty. Likely all 3 and more reasons that i cant think of.

I'd like to see a picture of that...

Found one I think...

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Found one I think...

Might be, if you put it below a thick table plate.

Try this: rest your forearm flat on the table. What position does your hand take naturally? Slightly bent, to lay your fingers down flat you have to force them to do so.

I guess that was the theory behind it.

I have no pictures of such a desk, that was too long ago.

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A track ball the size of a bowling ball? Was the the monitor the size of a JumboTron?

Kidding, of course.

But that does sound expensive. Had to be some scientific reasons for a track ball to be so large. Precision, safety, reliabilty. Likely all 3 and more reasons that i cant think of.

I'd like to see a picture of that...


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Might be, if you put it below a thick table plate.

Try this: rest your forearm flat on the table. What position does your hand take naturally? Slightly bent, to lay your fingers down flat you have to force them to do so.

I guess that was the theory behind it.

I have no pictures of such a desk, that was too long ago.

This mounts from under the desk, and the trackball is 3 inches across. For control rooms and it has some outrageous 5,000,000 cycle reliability.

When you said bowiling ball, I was thinking 10 pin...the ball is nearly 12 inches across.

Now I know you meant 5 pin bowling...or Bocce...ball is not as large.

But still , a great idea. Cant walk away with it.

the stuff i learn in this forum...

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Looks like things have cooled off on this thread for the time being, so just a reminder on this last page that the Quick Summary Post for this thread has direct links to each member's trading desk/office pictures for quick reference.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their photos.

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ordered and expected on Monday. So then I can post a pick of the wldman set up. It will probably take 6 or 9 days the clean the office first.

I Just need to find the right monitor stands and perhaps get a new chair.

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This is my desktop PC setup. Unfortunately I'm back to using my laptop and the big screen until i can purchase a new desktop supercomputer...NT just takes up too much machine!

We built the office specifically for my needs.

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Myself running these hardware setup too. It's very recommended to split your charting and your trade entry device. Keep your trade entry device as clean as possible. KVM switches can cause some trouble, because the BIOS sometimes expects a plugged usb device at startup. Therefore (and for comfort reasons) you can use the MS tool "Mouse without borders". Then you can use one mouse (+ one keyboard) to control both systems. Additionally you have always the fall back using the mouse + keyboard from your trading device directly.

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You should a software KVM switch between PC's

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Wow thanks so much guys for posting this - I didn't knew such a tool existed and this will surely clean my desk to only one keyboard and mouse.

However, I'm wondering if you can say something about the reliability of these tools. Do they break down, crash, or are slow to respond often? I don't want to be in the situation where I need to close a trade but the mouse pointer won't go to the correct pc. Do you use these tools in a trading environment without problems?

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Wow thanks so much guys for posting this - I didn't knew such a tool existed and this will surely clean my desk to only one keyboard and mouse.

However, I'm wondering if you can say something about the reliability of these tools. Do they break down, crash, or are slow to respond often? I don't want to be in the situation where I need to close a trade but the mouse pointer won't go to the correct pc. Do you use these tools in a trading environment without problems?

I found them to be quite reliable, but not even close to reliable enough for trading. Response times are ok as long as you don't play any fast FPS games over it.

Again: NEVER use this kind of software to control your order entry machine, that's asking for trouble big time!

So what I do is having the mouse and keyboard connected to my trading/order entry machine and control the less important one remotely. For the odd glitch I keep a mouse and keyboard connected to the other machine too (I don't mind as it is in an other room).

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Again: NEVER use this kind of software to control your order entry machine, that's asking for trouble big time!

So what I do is having the mouse and keyboard connected to my trading/order entry machine and control the less important one remotely. For the odd glitch I keep a mouse and keyboard connected to the other machine too (I don't mind as it is in an other room).

Thanks Vvhg, good points. I use the order/trading pc now as master, and the less important one remotely (as you suggested). Actually, I'm now typing this on PC1 and browsing/posting on futures.io (formerly BMT) on PC2. How great is that!

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its hard to tell in the picture but the upper monitor sits on a camel saddle and the lower monitor fits between the legs and below the seat bow -this is used to remind me every day of my daughter who works and lives full time in qtar -the richest little country in the world

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Is the glass to isolate you from the rest of your home, or is that an office building ??

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I recently built my first pc for trading only, it runs on an i5 2500 and for graphics currently one nvs 295, I will be adding 4 more monitors soon and am torn between 2 more NVS 295's or 1 radeon hd 7870 eyefinity 6 with 6 mini display port's. If anyone has an opinion either way I would love some input. The monitors are 24" Desk is temporary until I can find one that I like that has matching office furniture.


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I recently built my first pc for trading only, it runs on an i5 2500 and for graphics currently one nvs 295, I will be adding 4 more monitors soon and am torn between 2 more NVS 295's or 1 radeon hd 7870 eyefinity 6 with 6 mini display port's. If anyone has an opinion either way I would love some input.

I've had a Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6, and a Radeon HD 7870 Eyefinity 6. I wouldn't buy again, because they have some sort of signaling problem that causes "flickering". Just google "radeon eyefinity flickering".

I've just purchased two FirePro 2460 cards off ebay for about $175 each, hoping it will solve this flickering problem since I am splitting the load across two cards, and it uses a different set of drivers. This was the best card for me, because I can use my existing mini-DisplayPort cables. Each card supports 4 monitors and is passive (cooling). The $350 is less than the Eyefinity 6 card, which I will be putting on ebay shortly.

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Bloomberg's HQ in Tokyo. I like the electronic ticker tape running through the floor.


I love those monitor "tree stand" looking things... I have to look into something like that.


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That would overwhealm me, impressive you can keep up with all that.




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There is another thread about this too, but I can't find it at the moment.

Here is a pic of my desk.



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This is a nicely designed room! My home office is designated around the same style.

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Love that desk, but two comments:


(1) The screens are already smoking, if you reduce the brightness to 50% you can save some power.

(2) I do not think that it is a real Rollei.

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(1) The screens are already smoking, if you reduce the brightness to 50% you can save some power.

(2) I do not think that it is a real Rollei.

ROFL. You are very observant!

(1) The smoke was incense.
(2) Correct. The Rollei sits on another shelf, in a camera case so it doesn't collect dust.

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Wow, look at that!

Answer honestly now...have you thought of getting a couple more? Or is 6 enough real estate?


nice setup you can see that market profile from Yonge St.

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Is the glass to isolate you from the rest of your home, or is that an office building ??

Love the rig

Its a office building, there is more space I could use but I like it behind the glass because it is silent and I focus better. I am moving to a new office in August, will post that once settled. I stopped trading from home back in 1999 once I went full time. I find working from an office helps me remember this is a job (one that I love) but still it needs the commitment and focus of a real career if I am to continually improve. Working from home I will let myself slide after some time, I would say its like wanting to be a world class athlete but wanting to only gym at home, it may work for some but for most myself included it would end in not realizing ones full potential due to a lot of reasons to long to list but for me a office that I need to go to is the only way to go.

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There sure are lots of cool setups in this thread. I'm using an HP EliteBook 8760w Work Station Laptop running 4- 24 in monitors and the 17 in laptop screen. It works very well. Here is an example of a setup similar to my setup.

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Nice, but do your monitors always smoke that bad?

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Nice looking tables. Can you adjust the height? Are they available in the US?
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Nice looking tables. Can you adjust the height? Are they available in the US?
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thanks - yes they are height adjustable. I do not know if they are available in the US, but its a danish company called SIS functional furniture. I checked their home page and they have an agent in the US, so they might be, heres the contact info from their homepage:

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how to post a picture. I wanted to share a brilliant piece of software. Like a dumbass I added a new machine without thinking about how an additional mouse and keyboard would screw things up and get in the way. My neighbor, who is a brilliant guy, suggested Synergy. This is an open source program that is complimentary...same as free...that allows you to control multiple computers with a single mouse and keyboard.

Here is the real trick. I was able to download, install, configure and use this software without any help at all. I have no contact or relationship with the guys there except to say they have improved my desk and made my life easier.

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Hi wldman,

if you want to try a similar software, you can use the free tool "Mouse without Borders" from the microsoft developer team. It is heavily used at MS and was tested by 9000 MS employees before it was released to the rest of the world..

See prior post:


I will try the Synergy solution too - it's very nice thats an open source project, so we can add features.

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how to post a picture. I wanted to share a brilliant piece of software. Like a dumbass I added a new machine without thinking about how an additional mouse and keyboard would screw things up and get in the way. My neighbor, who is a brilliant guy, suggested Synergy. This is an open source program that is complimentary...same as free...that allows you to control multiple computers with a single mouse and keyboard.

Here is the real trick. I was able to download, install, configure and use this software without any help at all. I have no contact or relationship with the guys there except to say they have improved my desk and made my life easier.


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Hi wldman,

if you want to try a similar software, you can use the free tool "Mouse without Borders" from the microsoft developer team. It is heavily used at MS and was tested by 9000 MS employees before it was released to the rest of the world..

See prior post:


I will try the Synergy solution too - it's very nice thats an open source project, so we can add features.

Koepisch

Well, I will stay with Synergy...think about how many MS employees tested Vista

HERE is what I wrote a bit further up in this thread about my experience with Synergy.

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@bijeremiad:

About 23 years ago I bought a black wooden plate and two stands ..... I love it this way, because I am tall, and there is nothing that interferes with my legs. The wooden plate has a size of 60'' x 30''. The distance between the central monitor and the edge of the plate is 25''.

When I am sitting at my desk, the distance between my eyes and each of the monitors is 30''. My head is looking down at an angle of about 20° while I am writing this post.

All PCs in my home are set up in a way that the user does neither have a window behind his back nor in front of him. The main panel of the PC should always be perpendicular to the window of the room. My office is located on the Northern side of the house. This avoids direct sunlight. The window is left from the panels, as I am writing with my right hand, and I do not want to have the shadow of my hand covering the text. On the right side of my desk there is the trading library, just in case that anybody comes up with a new idea.


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I built this setup in February. I was very concerned it wouldn't be powerful enough to drive the whole thing. But it does a great job. Plus I can pack up the laptops with my chart package and trading platform and head to the hotel next to a place I like to paddle on the Mississippi River.


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