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2 hours ago, Strider said:

A "just for fun" thread where you take a screenshot of your primary desktop and share it!

Personally, I use a dual 1080P display setup, but my secondary is mainly used for system and server monitoring.

Here is mine (scaled down): 🙂

Dude, PAINT SHOP PRO ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

 

OK, my primary monitor is kind of boring (it's of a park near my parents' home), but the auxiliary monitor is the cover art from Yes' album "Pathways", and it's spectacular.

I'd post it, but I might be violating copyrights?

 

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Am I doing it right?

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Dell P4317Q display: Worth every penny, in spite of a quirk. The furthest left and right edges of the screen can be difficult to see if not viewed straight-on, this effectively truncates ~4 pixel columns from either side of the 4K display.
Logitech G403 mouse: Also worth every penny, can't recommend this enough unless you're the type that wants a gojillion buttons.
Logitech G810 keyboard: I'd take a hard pass on this in the future. Feels nice, per-key coloring is fancy-pants, but the keycaps use the flimsiest plastic legs ever and my Ctrl keys regularly break. What's worse is that it seems they're breaking more quickly with time, so instead of pouring a subscription fee into maintaining this, I'll be retiring it once my current batch of replacement keys are broken.
Logitech G Pro headset: Acceptable, but I'm worried the cable is giving out. I miss the Astro A20s that I still have at the office workstation, but the A20s have some kind of electrical problem with my house audio setup which results in a buzzing in both speakers and mic. I suspect a grounding problem has developed with my ancient Bose 2.1 speaker system---speakers I love enough that I refuse to get rid of them in spite of having all manner of failing cables that I'm afraid to touch and sometimes get out of whack just from the subwoofer's bass.

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On 11/3/2020 at 2:30 PM, rje said:

Dude, PAINT SHOP PRO ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

It gets the job done for me. I use a much older version than my wife, but I love it. 🙂

On 11/3/2020 at 3:33 PM, StephenHorn said:

Am I doing it right?

Hey, whatever works! If we're sharing our actual desk area, then here ya go. It's a bit of an older pic than of my Windows desktop above. 😛

My desk is basically all function, no form. What you can't see if the server sitting on the floor to the left, but that's why there's a 2nd mouse sitting on my desk. I remote into it 90% of the time, but sometimes I need direct access.

Also, I like case badges/stickers/magnets, if you can't tell. lol

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My computers' desktops are not very interesting, and have too many file names I'd need to hide or blur out.  I change the photo with every season, right now it's an autumn scene.

But here's my physical desktop:

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The actual desk is a glass door that was once one of a pair at the entrance to a men's wear shop in Detroit.  My grandmother worked there, and when the storefront got remodeled my dad had the idea to take one of the doors to use as his worktable.  He used it for many decades for his hobby of repairing antique clocks.  I inherited it when he moved across the country and couldn't bring it, and now it holds my various computers.

The C64 I rescued already had that weird after-market plastic cover over the keys (it flips up).  I hated it at first but, to be fair, it does keep dust and sunlight off the keys!  Barely visible (not very well lit, under the window) is the PE6502 kit.

Not sure where I'm going to fit the X16; probably under the desk. The case is so pretty though, I might have to make space up top.

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Here is my desktop on my Raspberry Pi 4 B 8GB RAM with two screens and Raspberry Pi OS. I have the official red and white Raspberry Pi Keyboard and Mouse, and the official power supply, and the official red and white case, which is too hot so I have to run it with the lid off. I should buy a passive cooling case, but it has to work with WiFi, e.g. the FLIRC case. I also have a laptop with Windows 10 Home 20H2: LENOVO ideapad 100-15IBY and that also has an extra screen.

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I run BOINC with COVID-19 research on this Raspberry Pi, and on two other Raspberry Pis -- that explains the rather high CPU load and temperature.

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On 11/20/2020 at 4:51 PM, John Chow Seymour said:

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Nice! I often prefer "function over form", I always have. So your workspace looks perfectly normal to me. 😛

I have seen other C64's in the past with dust covers like that one. I never had one personally, but I did used to put this fabric cover I had over it when I was not using it for any long period of time. It was made to fit the C64 to it just slipped right over it nice and snug.

Lastly, space is also my problem. I have a small desk and workspace, and it's already taken up by my main PC, 2 displays, a server PC, and various other random hardware and parts, as well as my tool sets. Still, where there's a will, there's a way. lol

18 hours ago, mobluse said:

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Very cool! I used to run BONIC a lot, but it's been several years. I was a big fan of Seti@Home.

I like seeing people running Raspberry Pi systems. I have the original B+ and a 3B+, had both since they were released. The old Model 1 B+ used to run Retropie for 16-bit and earlier console emulation, but the newer versions of Retropie run so slowly on it that I moved all my emulation to the much more capable 3B+, and I am able to easily push into the PS1/N64 era as well as much better arcade emulation. The 3B+ is also a very capable Steam Link device, also via Retropie. That's what I have installed in that Retroflag MegaPi case you see on my desk in the photo above. Not to mention, Wi-Fi makes SFTP so much more convenient. 

I have been looking at the Pi 400, but to be honest, the more I look at it, the more I think I would enjoy a Model 4B 4GB or 8GB instead. Same basic hardware configuration anyway, but with the 4B I save space, and as you can see on my desk photo, I really don't have room for a 400. I also already have all the other necessary peripherals, plus I get to put it in my own choice of case since it's the standard Pi 4 form factor. lol

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I think I am going to need a bigger desk ... and a newer one, this one is getting up there in years, but it's served me well. I just can't seem to fit all the things I want to play with and work on. :P

I have a lot of stuff sitting on top of my second computer (my "server" on the floor between the wall and desk), just to get more space.

I keep having to move things around for every "project", or setup a small tray next to my desk to work on. It works, but it's messy.

Anyone else have this problem? haha

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On 1/25/2021 at 1:50 PM, DoubleDeez said:

Perhaps I am late to the party but here is my Lod Of The Pugs desktop.

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Better late than never!

My wife would like that desktop. Pugs are her favorite dog and she is a LOTR fan. One of the many reasons I married her, she's just cool like that. lol

Funny, now that I need more "real" desktop space for all my toys, she's got a huge desk and bigger displays that I do. I am falling behind. 😛

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On 3/1/2021 at 2:46 PM, Wertzui said:

Tatra T603. Weird and cool retro car!

Also, I stand by my old 5:4 display!

That's a pretty cool looking classic car, has a 60's Russian vibe to it? I am not very good with identifying automobiles, save for general details, with very few exceptions. haha

On 3/2/2021 at 10:43 PM, Cyber said:

My kitchen desktop on Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z monoblock:

I was using a similar version of the "Retro Neon City" wallpaper a while back. There are a few good ones out there. I like it!

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I've made an upgrade to my physical desktop.

When I bought a new Audio Interface recently, my desktop simply became too cluttered, so I built myself a small custom shelving unit out of some spare boards and other pieces of wood from my woodshop.  (I am NOT a skilled woodworker at all, and the 'spare bits' were mostly from things I'd butchered.)

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Front: Sonicware Liven 8Bit Warps (a synth).  C=64 to the left.

Bottom: the new audio interface,  a TASCAM US_4x4HR.  Works well but I don't like the physical case design.  Takes up real estate, won't sit flat - it's permanently tilted backwards by two non-removable front feet.  This was what prompted me to make the shelves.

Floor 2: 1530 Datassette for the C=64.  At left, the PE6502 kit computer in the Apple-wood stand I made for it.

Floors 3 and 4: Region 1 (US) and Region 3 (Korea) DVD players.  The computer they're connected to has a built-in Region 2 (Japan). 

Top: Cheap (Amazon Basics) speaker.  I have a used hi-fi for music, but usually YouTube videos and the like sound best on a small speaker like this.  Also, the first thing I ever soldered, a digital clock kit.  Still works!

For Christmas I bought my mother a book on how to crochet cacti and succulents.  She then made me the two cactus friends in the pot at left.  I've named them Nord & Bert.

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I feel your pain on the desk space issue... I do like the shelf idea, was thinking of modifying my desk and adding a shelf to store all my electronic parts and tools.

Right now I setup and old TV tray next to my desk to work on, but have no real space for all my "stuff" when not I'm not using it. Especially since I recently picked up an Arduino Uno and have subsequently been teaching myself how to use/program it, and that has led me to taking on several projects. (Will post about those later.)

If I had known Arduino's were so easy to learn/use, I would have picked them up a long time ago. This was day one, about an hour after the first package arrived. haha

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Basically, I have what I need the most sitting around/under my desk, in a cubby-hole on my desk, or in a few storage containers. Thinking of modifying the cubby to hold more. I just more space and time. 😛

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I can't believe I missed your LED clock, I built the same one and have it attached to my top monitor. 🙂

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I also wish I had a real C64 on my desk. 😛

Oh, and I guess I "Couldn't Make Head or Tail" of Nord and Bert. haha

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On 4/6/2021 at 2:24 PM, CursorKeys said:

I am a bit late, and I should have posted this on april the 1st, but.....

What is this "Desktop" that you are speaking of ;)???

Hey, that's an ORIGINAL desktop! :)

And...one of the best. haha

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1 hour ago, desertfish said:

@CursorKeys if you plug in a Final Cartridge 3,   the "DESKTOP" command will actually work and switch you into this

The Final Cartridge III - Wikipedia

Thanks.  Yeah, I've got a FC 3 laying around somewhere.   I remember the first time I saw it, it was looking pretty sweet.  But that was years later, in my "commodore days", I had a Power Cartridge though 🙂   "Description of the Function keys F1,F3,F5" was the whole "GUI".

EDIT: Did a quick google on power cartridge, seems like I remembered it wrong, this was the "GUI". 

Power Cartridge - 1985 - C64 Copy ProtectionC64 Copy Protection

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I remember having an FC3 cartridge and that desktop! Wow, that bring back some memories.

I don't recall having the Power Cartridge, but that screen looks so familiar. Makes me think someone I knew may have had one, not sure.

Still, so cool to see it all again!

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