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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GamerPET, Dec 9, 2017.
OMG I have The Lamp
I see it Now
The resemblance is uncanny
LoL that's amazing
You are missing out. I don't know how you do it ^^'. For me, Unity on it's own takes two screens. Working with less is frustrating.
People who manage to keep their desk/room so clean at all times slightly scare me, but at the same time I am envious a bit too.
Did you ever have problems with that audio interface of it glitching out and making everything sound robotic and broken? I used to have an NI Komplete Audio as well and I had so much trouble with it, that I sold it. It seemed to be a somewhat common problem based on forum Posts. I then bought a Focusrite Scarlet Solo and never had that problem again.
But on a MacBook you can put Unity to full screen and MonoDevelop to fullscreen and Blender full screen and swipe three fingers left and right to go between them. Then the display is always in front of you. Then if you want you could put extra screens left and right and put images of graphs and stuff on them to make it look like you're working on something really complicated.
Economy of what you actually need. I don't actually need Unity to take up half the display once it's correctly configured, and I don't need visual studio to take up half either (it's the same amount of content wide or tall, as the monitor is wide and my code is such that if it's taking more than a screen I probably should refactor or collapse some blocks).
It's a 28" display at 2440p so there is quite enough estate to handle two programs at a time. If I need more, I'm being seriously inefficient because ideally you want to work with art + unity OR code + unity, you don't want to go art / code / unity / sound all at the same time. That's just not efficient even with 4 monitors because it makes no sense for a human to divide their own thinking in such a fragmented way.
By that reasoning, I probably don't need more than a well organised single desktop. And it's a pretty good approach that scales even to a laptop so I think I'll be alright for a while.
Thing I'm surprised about is that people are using those gaming chairs.
Are they actually any good? Like compared to mid quality office chairs in same price range?
I'm curious about this too.
The thing I'm most interested in is if they can be finely adjusted without things locking in only in preset intervals of angles or distances. I have a ~500+ Euro office chair and I'm rather unhappy with it, because I can't make fine enough adjustments. Everythings feels either too high or too low at the preset intervals that I can choose.
Don't clean your desk, keep it real.
Here is a picture of my desk at work, including the lovely glare I have to deal with every morning . Nothing fancy though.
@Meltdown What keyboard is that? Looks slick.
I'm the one picture sitting in the chair. Here's why I like it. When I'm typing the seat back comes up very straight. When I'm using my Cintiq (like in the picture) I can actually move the seat back even more forward while I'm leaning into my desk. In the picture Im not doing that as I was just fixing a quick model. It has a hidden footrest under the chair and the back can lay down horizontal. So if I want to chill for 10min, I don't have to get up and lose my workflow. I find the seat a little hard, but I use a backbone style seat cushion so it really doesn't matter. The arms go all the way down low to fit under my work table. So for me, it was the complete reconfiguration of the chair that was the selling point, not how fluffy it was. My favorite part is letting the seat back actually move forward of verticle and give me some support even when modeling or drawing, it reminds me to sit up more, and Ive never had one of those mid-range office chairs stand up completely vertical with strong support when typing.
EDIT: There is no presets, the chair back, arms, and seat are floating locks.
With my smaller screens I like to have a full-screen Unity plus a full screen Visual Studio or something else (often looking at multiple code files at once, so half screen each for two files). So two screens is pretty good for me. I did have three for a while, but found the third didn't really add anything helpful at the time.
That said, recently I've been hankering for a third again because I'm deploying to and testing on devices that need their own screens. I didn't think that'd bother me, but my current screens take multiple seconds to switch inputs, and I can't keep my standard work/debugging/profiling setups and see/control what's happening on the deployed device. Plus, when you're sharing a screen between multiple inputs, popup windows seem specifically attracted to whatever screen isn't showing your PC at the time...
Looks like a corsair k70
Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire
Ha to be honest I did clean my desk a little for the picture. But yeah I generally do like to keep a clean desk with minimal clutter.
I never had that problem with my audio interface but I did have issues with it not being recognised on Windows 10, and I found using the older drivers fixed the issue. Every now and again if I plug in a USB device it can cause the interface to stop working but this hardly ever happens. Its a great sounding interface but yeah I'd probably go for a FocusRite or RME next time around.
You can do this in Windows 10 as well.
Windows Key + CTRL + D - Add a desktop
Windows Key + CTRL + Left Arrow/Right Arrow - Scroll through desktops
Multiple desktops is something that I still need to integrate into my workflow.
Speaking of "gaming chairs". Don't think them as gaming chairs really. That's mostly the marketing they went for. It's hard to tell to a "gamer" that he needs a correct position so his back didn't hurt. "OUR CHAIRS ARE APPROVED BY DOCTORS". Meh not cool.
But yea. I'm using my DXRacer King for the past 1 and a half year and it's still staying strong... and I'm a big guy. 125 kg. I can fit into it nicely. The back of the chair is wide enough to keep my back nicely. It Still holds a nice position depending on how I sit in it, if I lean forward or not.
But what's great about it is the fact that you can change the angle of the back, but also of the sitting cussion... so you can position it at 0 gravity something something. I forgot the name. But basically you set up the sitting part at an angle so your legs sit a bit up.
MacOS sill does this better more customizable and you don't have to switch desktops on all displays at once like you do in windows.
I'm slightly embarrassed about the dirty keyboard.
Dang you've got the fold away keyboard? Slick.
Mine looks like a mess compared to the others
You have the biggest mousepad I've ever seen and yet the mouse itself only has a tiny amount of space to move on it, are you normally using it on the left side? I'm sure many people are curious about those brown ergonomics things. What are those and to whom would you recommend them?
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Beast, my primary game development rig.
Now, don't let the several layers of dust fool you. For within that rugged plastic chassis beats the heart of a lion:
Intel Core 2 Duo - that's two separate processors / cores. Twice the power!
4GB RAM - that's your RAM, people. Use it to open up two tabs in Chrome, or load a Unity scene with up to 7 game objects. Stuff like that.
Intel graphics - the gold standard of visual largesse. If it runs on this, it'll run on anything (literally).
Only weighs 8 pounds when dry.
For the grand finale, take a gander at that bottom-right corner (and try to contain your envy).
That's right. Your eyes are presently feasting on a genuine 2000s-era Windows Vista sticker attached to the chassis through some sort of far-future molecular annealing process we have yet to reverse engineer. It's thought to be essentially unremovable, making this a perfect laptop to take to a Starbucks, your next job interview, Unity meetup, or anywhere you want to score some technical street cred.
I was looking for a stubbed out cigarette burn mark somewhere.
oh jeez lol .. I don't want to believe you
Actually agree with this, I used to use multimon setup for years then went back to single display and was fine only recently went back to dual mon setup at home again. A good main display is fine, you just manage windows better, I rarely run any application fullscreen anyway, even alot of games I tend to run windowed now to utilize the surrounding space, instead of fullscreen unless competitive or storyline immersion. Usually have applications windowed at a size that is suitable and leave some screenspace around the edges to have other parts of an application positioned so the useful parts are visible.... all in all just quicker to switch to things when they are all infront of you, instead of on surrounding displays. When you add in another display I still end up using the main display that is infront of me anyway, extra displays just becoming dumping grounds for stuff that is either a distraction like media/websites/social or for things that are just useful to have visible but not used or looked at that much.
Of course it really helps to just have a main display that is high resolution, 1080p is getting small now and next setup for me is 1440p@ >60hz .. I just can't go back to 60hz.. at a min 75hz with really good color and then I might get over the slower refresh rate, so until those 1440p@>100hz displays start dropping in price so I can get two at the same time
@Martin_H Do you like my mouse pad?
I usually shift the keyboard a little I dont actually use that much space with my mouse though, guess I have a high sensitivity.
The ergonomic things are pretty good although mine are a little flat now after prolonged use. I rest on my elbows a lot and it hurts so I need soft stuff to put my elbows on, like a big mouse pad and soft brown carpet
This is them
Anyone recommend something better? I used to use pillows but they got in the way!
Is this your desk at work or home? I would have imagined Unity Technologies being an open plan office.
This is my home desk. I also have an office one
Good size but I'd prefer it to be just black .
I knew someone who used a folded towel for this. He said it helps him against carpal tunnel syndrome. And I think there are things that can be clamped to the desk directly to extend the surface you can rest your arms on over the edge of the desk.
A word of warning though: I used to have a chair with armrests, till I found out that they cause me pain in my hands from the armrests pushing too hard on nerves in the elbows (ulnar nerve). So watch out for that one. These nerve pains are very counterintuitive to fix, because they usually don't hurt where the actual cause is (in my case the cause was in the elbow and the pain in the lower arms and fingertips). Back then I only was able to deduce the cause because I thought it's RSI, took a break from work for a few days, and sat in the chair just watching TV shows with my arms on the armrests all the time, and the pain rapidly got way worse from that. Getting rid of the armrests luckily solved it for good for me.
Lot's of girls do.
Here's my desk where I answer all your lovely questions
My workstation is very simple, no multiple monitors just a single 2015 MacBook Pro. This way I can unplug it and take it wherever I want which often includes a standing desk or just my living room couch
Nice, you have color! mines only B&W.
Here is my current setup complete with my Woody Woodpecker "Got Coffee" mug and Max Payne mouse pad. Who knew that taking Organic Chemistry would become so useful later in life?
I use 6 of the smallest ikea "Lack" wall shelves to prop up my 3 monitors.
Looks like your laptop could use a little Organic Chemistry as well.
That might work. I'll have to check those out.
The monitor and keyboard on the laptop almost never get used. I have the laptop hooked up to both monitors. The laptop has been my primary work computer over the past year. Now that I've updated my desktop, it will get more use. I can switch between the two by pressing a couple of buttons on the monitors and switching a usb cable located in front of one of the monitors. I used to use a mouse/keyboard switching software but it was a little buggy and did not save me too much time. I usually don't have the laptop keyboard set to the rainbow colours. I just did that for the picture. The RGB leds in the desktop are from the case, motherboard, memory and cpu cooler. They put them on everything these days. I usually keep the case leds off.
Off to the left, I have a third monitor, rift camera and a racing setup that includes a car seat from an Integra, racing wheel, pedals, and shifter. Unfortunately, it mostly just sits there these days.
Is that the SF office?
Almost as glamourous...it's Brighton
Don't really have a desk, but the office is pretty nice
I demand an update from everyone!!
I went ahead and gave myself a treat and bought a mount arm for both my laptop and my main screen, so everything is on mount arms now. Easier to adjust whatever height I want or put them in portrait orientation if I felt like it.
Mine doesn't look all that different from before...same 3 monitors...but I DID upgrade my chair, got the secretlab Omega several months ago. And yeah, I'm messy.
Att work I have two screens, but my home office were I work on my game only has one, seldom feel I need two. At work I switch alot between SQL management studio and VS. Also alot of complex bug reports fron the testing team makes it nice have the issue system on one screen while VS on the other. Etc
But in Unity I seldom miss it, sure sometimes it would have been nice to have a prefab up or something while working on the same monobehaviour in VS, but very seldom.
I moved rooms
I also gained some mascots from my trip to Tokyo for Unite Asia earlier in the year. The bottom one is Unity chan!
Pc simple to upgrade and hot table where I cook drawings
Big desk-top configuration and cheap indirect natural sunlight from the roof
I sand and painted specular white the wall and the floor of a small room. I put a window on top of the roof to get cheap natural sunlight and soft shadows. The furniture is the chipset kitchen with no handles; handles made by using ropes. All white so that I do not need to turn on the light. The neon light is back to a big roof table area so that the shadows are occlusion type. I cat also a big table for the desktop. The Pc is old 1155 i7 2500K Oc in the furniture and simple to access from the top. In this way is faster to change upgrade GPU, SSD or HDD and simple to plug cables as for example VR. There is an old amplifier 7.1 and good speakers all around. The monitors are put at the same altitude of the eye. Are big as I can afford. One cheap 55' 4k TV; is important in this big size for the eye that the luminosity is low and for avoiding nausea that the refresh rate is greater than 60mhz. The HD left monitor is used for youtube tutorials so that that resolution does not consume too much internet band. I made an A3 sketchbook for the drawing of the game. The chair is a cheap one but I purchase a silicon bed pillow and turn it into two more ergonomic pillows.
Solved the flat space issue. We converted the spare bedroom into a video recording studio and put all of the board games in there. That opened up space in the craft room to install a permanent work table. Installed a new table for sewing machines in the living room. The dining table has become my game development office. Dinner is still problematic, we have to dismantle someones work space every time we want to eat at a table, so typically we just eat on our knees in the living room. Laundry tends to get scattered in amongst everything else wherever it can find space.
Its not perfect. Ideally we would have another 50 m^2 or so of space so we could leave some bigger projects set up for the long term. Some of the larger costume or art pieces are a real pain to pull out and work on. And that's before we start setting up for VR projects. But its much better then it was last time I posted.
Here is a pic of the new recording studio.
Wow you guys like the multi-screen set up eh.
My computer (27" iMac) is wider than my desk (about 24"), lol.
Nothing great yet. Going to replace the desk with a custom floating table top and add a second monitor. Just need some time to make it.
lol, now we want the picture!