We’ve written before about a few of the perks of working in the Fog Creek New York office, but what if you work remotely? As it turns out, there are some nice perks to working remotely as well, even cake on your birthday. For your home office, you get everything you would normally get to help you get work done, so you don’t have to spend time thinking, “Gosh, it sure would be nice to have an extra monitor mounted vertically to tail production logs.” Just get it.
My Steelcase Series 7 height-adjustable desk was just installed last week, so I made a video to show it off:
Here’s a list of some of the inventory on, around, and underneath my desk:
- Steelcase Series 7 desk. We found a local supplier to order it from and they came out and installed it. You can customize pretty much everything with Steelcase. If you want a simpler option and don’t mind installing it yourself, you might check out GeekDesk.
- Herman Miller Aeron chair
- 30” Dell Monitor – I don’t think Dell sells that model anymore, but you get the idea
- 15” Retina MacBook Pro (late 2013 edition)
- HiRise for MacBook stand
- M-Audio Studiophile AV-40 speakers
- Sennheiser U 320 gaming headset . I’m not usually a fan of USB headsets, but the newer MBPs don’t have a ⅛” mic input, so this removes the need for an adapter. It also lets me plug the speakers into the headphone port.
- Ceiling hook for mounting the headphones below the desk. NB: the ceiling hook I linked to isn’t what I bought. I just found something at the hardware store.
- Microsoft Sculpt wireless keyboard and mouse. It turns out this keyboard works pretty well on Mac. Some of the specialty keys and mouse buttons don’t work, but the important stuff is there. (Pro tip: In OS X, go to Keyboard > Modifier Keys and flip the Command and Option keys for the Microsoft keyboard. h/t Marco.)
- Tripp Lite PS2408 Power Strip. I have the mounted underneath my desk. I love how it hides the power cords. It’s plugged into a SF Cable 1-Feet 16 AWG Outlet Saver, which allows me to get the desk closer to the wall.
I spent a fair amount of time figuring out how to hide cords and arrange things so the desk looks clean. Having extra space on the desk just to have extra space is actually kinda nice. I used to clutter it with trinkets, but those are now on a shelf somewhere. (Want to hide even more cords? You might check out something like this).
Do you want to work remotely for Fog Creek? We’re hiring.