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Old August 13th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #391 (permalink)
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For a while now, I have been discontent with the fact that I spend so much of my day sitting, (probably OVER 16 hours) and so little time active (1-2 hours at the gym), so I spent the morning setting up a temporary standing workstation to test it out before I spend money on a custom made desk.


It's obviously a great idea, but stand up for 16 hours might be a problem too .
I don't know if these special desk can deal with that (2 hours down, 1 hour up, ...).

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Old August 13th, 2013, 06:32 PM   #392 (permalink)
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16 hour days! f that...I've done that but it's not 16 hours total.
I may walk to the computer, check positions, walk away, etc.
We don't always have to be sitting down and if we are, maybe
we are sitting down on our back porch, drinking scotch.

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Old September 18th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #393 (permalink)
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I see you are in Denver, I rent a space up here in Westminster, CO. where I live. The office is the only way to go and no more having to intervene in the "pre-preschool" brawls between the wife and daughter

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NICE!@!!!!!

do you get the nosey types?, and the referall types knocking and asking you what you're doing, or can you manage $$ for me?

also, do you do the pro way, and keep the lights off so the screens are the true focus?

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Old September 29th, 2013, 03:39 AM   #394 (permalink)
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Here"s mine... runs cool, almost silent, reliable, no cables on the floor

Intel Xeon E3-1230 with Noctua NH-U12P SE2
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1600C9D-16GXM 16GB memory
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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:07 AM   #395 (permalink)
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Here"s mine... runs cool, almost silent, reliable, no cables on the floor

Intel Xeon E3-1230 with Noctua NH-U12P SE2
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Motherboard
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@kickmic, Excellent Cable Management

You did all this yourself, or got it done by some professional ?

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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:22 AM   #396 (permalink)
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@kickmic,

You did all this yourself, or got it done by some professional ?

thanks for the kind words - multi monitors and multiple peripherals produce countless cables so I just grabbed some cable ducting and a couple of bags of zip ties from the hardware store to hide everything away. The desk makes it easy to attach cables, power boards and my modem router. Just means the the office is easily cleaned. Because the case mounts the cable connections at the top, you end up with a neat loom that's easily managed. I like a tidy and organized working environment

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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #397 (permalink)
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Kickmic nice setup, you've inspired me to sort out my cables...

I have an electric motorised sit-stand desk and have my base unit mounted under the desk with a steel bracket. Have you considered that, to free up more space on your desk? My photos are earlier in the thread.

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Old September 29th, 2013, 01:25 PM   #398 (permalink)
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Kickmic nice setup, you've inspired me to sort out my cables...

I have an electric motorised sit-stand desk and have my base unit mounted under the desk with a steel bracket. Have you considered that, to free up more space on your desk? My photos are earlier in the thread.

setup there amongst nature - that's fantastic! Where are you in the UK?
My desk is L shaped so plenty more room . Also, for cleaning dust filters, accessing USB3 inputs, adjusting the fan controller etc, I like the convenience of the case at arms reach (also weighs a tonne too, and is over 600mm deep!)

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Old October 12th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #399 (permalink)
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I sorta think some money should have been put aside for a decent chair.

Actually turns out when you're hired there or current employee at time of tech re-up you are allowed to order your chair custom, within a budget so large in effect it does not exist. Apparently they got the photog to come in immediately after setup so everything would look best. Poss. no chairs in yet, regardlesss, as former photog I can tell you every photog with that job would cclear every chair, anything cept the geometric basics out of the shot. I couldn't believe it when I found out this firm is in a town that we used to go to when I was a kid, on our Sunday drives 'into ranch country' where I'd buy hard candy swizzle sticks, real black liquorice and sassafras from the general store, while my Dad bee-lined for the apple pie and vanilla ice-cream at the cafe, all served by a woman who snapped bubblegum and called every male, 'Shugah Pie', 'cept her husband the cook whom she called, 'Pappy' if she ever spoke to him at all. We're talkin' a real, live 'Flo' but circa 1882, not 1982, which, incidentally was the first year we went there. It wasn't an 'old pioneers days' little museum town, it didn't have to be b/c it was the real thing. So, I still find it a stretch of an imagination even such as mine to equate this company's savvy build with 'Shugah Pie's" sugar pie, swizzle sticks and sassafras, but that don't mean I dont enjoy such, 'negative correlations'. Word on the street is that whenever they get a big snow dump in winter, the whole building's snow covering is gone in an afternoon where every other one in town stays covered until the next blizzard and on and on until spring thaw. All that from the heat generated by the equip used by one office on one floor?!? Gahddam Shugah! Steamy!

Actually, I can relate.... I use three, 55" and one, 42" plasmas/LED flat screens as monitors often so I can be much farther back from the screen (b/c I have MS, up close to monitors even for 5 min on many days trigger a sort of VERTIGO which has me vomiting over and over... tough to make trades when you're puking). Anyway, just my primary trade pc plus the four large screens lit requires I have a large air con unit blasting away turned up to 11, at all times or you will literally cook yourself in my 250 sq. ft. office/studio within 15 minutes.

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Old October 12th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #400 (permalink)
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I agree 100% Josh.

Perhaps I was wrong to use the word "inspiration", I couldn't find the right word to describe the amusing video! The guy taking medication for the high blood pressure is the tell, I think, and I guess most of us wouldn't let the TV cameras into our homes for any money.

I am quite conflicted actually between my own ego (which is why I probably got into this business a long time ago) and the reality of what works on a day to day basis...looking at trading movies like this one kinda keeps the "ego" side of me content so I can carry on with the routine stuff in my work.

Rather like have a tiny account for "fun/gambling" trades so you're not tempted to gamble/break rules in the main trading account..something I have heard other traders do to keep the emotions/ego at bay.

Did you check out the ocean view at 7:00 in the previous video?...that is my dream setup, I wonder where that is...

Well thank you for that inspired judgement of the life of a man you've never met. Next time however I could do without the tacked on crap about specific methods of coping with trader emotions. That was useful and as such I'll be avoiding it in future and would thank you to leave it at the door next time - if I thought you would.

*sigh* OK. I'm sorry for being a dick, on purpose. It's just that...the comments you made about the trader were something I see as worse, even dangerous, and that is, being a dick unintentionally. I know, some apology, but I do mean it sincerely, I make an ass of myself all the time, not like this little offense, much worse, but it's so important that we, I dont mean censure ourselves, but think about whether we're truly offering value and if so whether our methods in the end remove some of that value. OK, I fess up, I'm a major-multi-screener. I have my reasons, some of which relate to a physical handicap but even without it I think I'd likely have 10x more than you.

Before I was a trader I was a professional mariner. I skippered mega-yachts and when home I was crew member of our local Coast Guard Auxiliary, where in Canada us volunteer boys take all the calls and set out in 60mph, 30ft rubber boats and call the paid coast guard on our way out, or on scene if we think they'd better pull up their socks and drop their you know whats and bring us some big gear.

As such I was trained both privately and by govt as CG Aux lifeboat crewman and later coxwain, in the delicate art of getting a rubber raft full of sleep deprived guys still in their jammies under their floater suits, 15 miles offshore on 6ft, 3 deg celsius seas, in a 25kn near-gale with 70mph sideways Pac. NW (BC) rain as essentially the only possible thing you could see if looking up didnt get your faced ripped off by it first, to a sinking fishing boat in 15 minutes from time of initial mayday received.

The primary tools used to stay alive whether captain of a porn producer's gussied up floating gin palace or lonely zodiac pounding to shave every second so as to reach drowning family men, are, instruments. They are clinical in accuracy and can in both cases now be effectively kept dry in all conditions regardless the fluid's makeup, and therefore used at all times... and therefore considered critical. Not only are they effective but their brains are single-purposed and external a sailors usually numb skull. Meaning he need only glance the pertinent information, not recalculate each time he'd like to reference. This is what essentially allows a navigator and his captain to move a zodiac at 50knph through the bumpy, nasty inky blackness and said fishermen to live. No instruments, no speed.

A navigator needs only to know which screen displays which critical data point, of which in this situation there are many. A rescue zode has more in common with a Boeing than a bathtub, well the water part more bathtub-like really but you take my point. The Navi's trained to scan, scan, scan, scan, then, BAM one readout shows an unexpected or unwanted variable, quick check all others, reshuffle scan order to best support the problem at hand of clarifying the outlier he's received. 2 radars, 2 sounders, 3 radios, 8 analogue readouts, scan, scan, scan. Coxswain: "Navi, POSITION?!!" "BEARING TO YOUR NEXT PLOT?" "BEARING TO SCENE?!?" "ETA EXACT?" "WITH VARIABLE?" "WAVE PATH?" "CONTACTS?" "BEARING?" "POSITION?".....

They've developed a new trainer in the last few years, a simulator for high speed response on water which is an exercise in instrument reading, which of course is drilled to point of reaction/response appearing to take place at almost impossible speed in the mind of trained navigators.

Could they have all the information on one screen? Sure, make each window smaller (yet) and make it so he can tab between pages looking for the data he needs. Which, if he were toodle-ing along in his Classic ChrisCraft would be great, nice sunny day with the family, keep an eye on vessel's approach, then flip the sounder page so you can see bottom topo and if you're coming up to that ledge you caught all those Springs at last fall when out here with the boys salmon fishing. No problem. Sounds ideal....

My trading workspaces are organized such that my information requirements are in place, one place (per market or related group), where I know each one is, allowing for speedy reference, & supporting confident decision making using minimum 5 correlating or related pieces of information that I have on hand at zero notice.

My shortest time frame alerts a decent scalp or swing, my needed indicators are all there to home me in further. My longer time frames or otherwise 'larger picture' views are already set up, always ready for my furtive glance so that I can make sure I'm not walking into some short-squeeze trap set up by the douches on the floor, or otherwise false-type signal that the ultra short time frames many of us trade are prone to. Likewise my traderoom/group or social trading resource comes to life with something, I get it sussed in 5 seconds whether I need bother at all, all because I have strategically organized and placed information in wide spread, instantly accesible format that does not require me to find it, not even have to remember it exists in the first place. IUt's there, so I know it's important and I look. DOne. That simple. The last thing these 8-10 monitors I have running do for me is stress me out. If they werent there, then I'd be stressed. I wonder less, do less, and make much more with some very easily come by skills of information retrieval and reference that I was fortunately made by others and the sea herself, to see the true blue value in, years ago. It was easy to realize the true use in a different, but no more challenging environment.

Phew. Man.... can you tell I've had that on my chest for three years? Thanks for letting me sound off and yeah, this wasnt so much about just what you said, and it's important to me that I tell you so. Thanks bud.

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