My office space in Leeds is light, airy and very quiet. Very very quiet. I’m more often than not on my own and I’m struggling to feel comfortable here. After three years in a fantastic shared office in Brighton, where I was made to feel like I was part of a big lively family, it has been a bit of a shock to find myself in a place where I am, to put it bluntly, a low-value client in a big building full of people in black suits. I’m actively looking for a more suitable place and I have an appointment to see office space at the university of Leeds, which sounds like a much more relaxed environment. To be continued…
So my office in Leeds is a bit of a disappointment, but thankfully, I’m very happy with my new translation setup. When it transpired that we were moving to Leeds, I decided that it was high time I changed all my equipment. It took hours of research and comparisons to get the right products, but it was well worth it and I thought I’d share the results here.
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1 USB modem. The deal I was offered for an Internet connection here was shockingly bad (£69.99 for a 512k connection shared by 40 users or £120 a month for a dedicated 1M connection) and I like the idea of carrying my Internet connection with me wherever I go, so I took a contract with Vodafone for £15 a month. I get 1M on average and I’m always connected, wherever I am, which is brilliant: I’ll never miss an important email again.
2 Logitech Marble Mouse*. I decided to go for a tracker ball because I read they are better for your wrists and I’m quite keen to keep RSI at bay. It’s excellent.
3 Elevator*. It stops the Macbook from getting too hot, which is said to prolong its life, and it allows me to have my screens on the same level.
4 USB hub*. I tried 3 other hubs before this one, and none worked properly. I haven’t had any complaints about this one.
5 Macbook*. I love it. I’ll dedicate an entry to the PC to Mac switch.
6 Samsung laser printer*. I picked this laser printer after extensive research. I doubted that, at £50, it would be very good, but it is.
Ps: the best thing about my office is to take a break with a coffee at the windows. We get great clouds in the North.
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*This link takes you to Amazon, of which I am an associate, but there are other sites out there that may offer better prices; I particularly like www.ebuyer.com and www.empiredirect.com.