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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 11-19-2008 03:06 PM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to share with my fellow LJ’s about my new shop computer. My computer has been located in the showroom about 50 yards away from my shop which isn’t much but go back and forth a few times and a lot of time is wasted. I also broadcast my shop live on the internet for my customers. With the computer up front, I never knew when the feed was down. So I moved it.

I have a window that seperates my back showroom from my shop. I call it the monkey viewing area. I feel like I’m at the zoo. I will do tricks for food! This area was a perfect spot to put the computer. I could leave the CPU and monitor in the clean are of the showroom and pipe the keyboard, mouse, speakers, and USB cables through the wall.

I can now monitor my video feed, answer emails, and listen to some high quality music. Speaking of the video feed I may try a feature that I havn’t used before the chat box. If I need to I can chat directly with my customers or anyone else. (see video and chat at the bottom of page)

Here are some pictures:
Inside the shop.
Close up from inside the shop
Back showroom side.

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-- Watch live video from our shop.!current-projects/c3c1

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#1 posted 11-19-2008 03:29 PM

Neat Idea!!

Dust can really cause internal heat build up inside the CPU. You may want to consider some sort of cover for the keyboard, also. The covers are used a lot in automotive garages to protect the keys from grease and liquids.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-19-2008 03:50 PM

Thanks lew for that info.

-- Watch live video from our shop.!current-projects/c3c1

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#3 posted 11-19-2008 06:16 PM

Great idea, Chris. I agree with the cover on the keyboard.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-19-2008 08:31 PM

Nice solution to the dust problem.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#5 posted 11-19-2008 08:38 PM

I see some completely rubber keyboards here for very little $.
Thinking of putting one of mine in the shop as well.
Nice to have someone to follow .


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 11-19-2008 09:17 PM

Thanks DaveR, I am going to check in on that.

-- Watch live video from our shop.!current-projects/c3c1

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 06:47 AM

Keyboards themselves can be had for less than $10 now. I’ve tried several keyboard covers and they destroy the tactile feel of the keyboard. DaveR has the right idea. You could have the expendable keyboard and mouse in the shop, and the good set in the “clean” room using a KVM and now cheap USB extenders.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#8 posted 11-27-2008 02:23 AM

Put the keyboard in a drawer or slide it under a shelf. Maybe a roll top of some type.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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