What does your home computing environment look like? Some of us use the den, the dining room, the bedroom. And others use a spare room that’s dedicated to using the computer. Those with a laptop and a wireless network can compute in any room in the house! I happen to do both. My desktop computer is in a small room I’ve turned into my home computing room and when I use my desktop; that’s where you’ll find me. I also have a wireless local area network (LAN) router in that room which allows me to use my laptop anywhere in the house.
Let me describe my home computing room for you. It’s not perfect by any means, but it meets my needs. Now do me a favor…as you develop your mental image of my home computing room, please, pleeease leave out the constant clutter of paper and notes that are on the workstation (desk). Thanks. 😉
It includes my workstation, my desktop personal computer (PC), an LCD display, an all-in-one printer/copier/fax, an Internet connection, power receptacle with four outlets, and an uninterruptible power system (UPS). By the way, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a dedicated circuit to this room—I should do that the next time the electrician is here. Also in the room is a filing cabinet and storage boxes for my software CDs, connector cables, and anything else I refuse to throw away. Oh! Speaking of storage; I have a 500 gigabyte (GB) portable storage device I use to backup my PC hard drive.
I’ll refer back to this room in future posts as we explore home computing in more detail. Of course your home computing environment will depend on what your computing needs and objectives happen to be.
Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable.