March 17, 2021

Sub Display (with monitor arm...again)


Added a sub display to my computer environment, to take care of the troublesome toggle switching of screen input while working with two computers. Being a "sub" display, I opted for a cheap small screen, 11.6 inch in size. Attaching it to a monitor arm (again), I'm able to move it over to the side when it's not in use. (Yes...I NEED my window view !)

Now I have a nice small screen to control my streaming audio apps (Spotify, TuneIn etc.) without switching screens while I concentrate on my other computer.
I know....lazy. :-p

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March 13, 2021

IKEA JÄRVFJÄLLET (イェルヴフェレット) - office chair

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有名な Herman Miller などには20万円越えのモデルもあるが、それに見合う価値の作業をするわけではないので、より庶民的で良い着座姿勢をサポートしてくれそうなものを探してみた。一方安いものには数千円で買えるものもあったが、せっかくならば評判のいいものを選びたかったので調べたところ、lifehacker の"Five Best Office Chairs"という記事で Herman Miller や SteelCase と並んで IKEA の Markus というモデルがピックアップされていた。いい姿勢をサポートすると評価されている。この Markus の使用感に関する記事を検索してみると、JÄRVFJÄLLET (イェルヴフェレットと発音するらしい)というモデルがヒットした。こちらも良さげだ。

IKEA で実物に座り比べた結果、選択したのは JÄRVFJÄLLET決め手は JÄRVFJÄLLET はヘッドレスト、座面の前後、そしてランバーサポートの位置が調整可能である点だ。それ以外に両者にあまり差を感じず、ひょっとすると JÄRVFJÄLLET は Markus の後継モデルに位置付けられているのかもしれないと感じた。(Markus は売り場の端に追いやられていた。)




p.s. IKEA 港北店の倉庫エリアでこの商品を台車に乗せていたら続けざまに3名が同じ製品を求めていき、一気に品切れになった。テレワークが拡大しているこの時期ならではの風景。

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March 10, 2021

HP Single Monitor Arm BT861AA


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I wanted to find a way to keep my new PC display monitor from getting in the way of the view I have from the window in front of me while acquiring a display position that gives me a ergonomically healthy posture while I concentrate on what's on the screen. This was not the case till now since my display was offset to the left of me and I was twisting my body in that direction to see the screen. Keeping that position a whole day working gave you a very sore body at the end of the day...not good.

A search for a solution lead me to looking into a flexible monitor arm. This is a flexible arm that the display attaches to and enables the display to easily move to various positions. My choice was the HP Single Monitor Arm BT861AA. Being an OEM model by Ergotron, which is a well rated manufacture of monitor arms made the choice easy.

Setting the arm was drivers required since all the screws were hand screws. The arm fully extended enables extension of the monitor to 60cm away from the base. Height can be adjusted 30cm, and the monitor can be rotated vertically.

With this, I'm now able to move the display right in front of me when I want to concentrate on the screen, and easily move it aside when in a more casual mode, or when the display is not in use. I can even turn the screen 90 deg and tuck it aside.

Problem solved. Nice purchase.

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March 5, 2021

Google Chromecast 3rd Gen.


Attempting to stream online media (past programming) on to the TV to solve the issue of our hard disk recorder getting full.

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February 28, 2021

HP EliteDesk 800 G6DM (Corei7)



My new main machine replacing the Lenovo Thinkpad T410 is the HP EliteDesk 800 G6DM (Corei7). Though I was told it was out of stock at the time of order, it arrived in about two weeks....not bad.

I chose to treat myself to a high spec CPU, the Core i7 assuming I will again use this for the next 10 years. Bye bye to legacy I/Os, choosing HDMI and displayport (Sayonara VGA), USB 3.x only (Sayonara USB 2.0), and SSD as my main storage.

A mini form factor PC which is 18cm x 18cm x 3cm in size is a big advantage in creating space on a small desk. A huge difference from the 14" display T410 which was fairly large for a notebook PC and took up space.

This PC replacement, resulting in clearing up of my desk ended up in a monitor repositioning (well, actually "position-free") as well as purchasing a new office chair!
More about that in a separate post.

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