Serving The Planet

My Virtual Office Space: *FEAST* Mode 2018 Update with Enterprise Graded Gear

Reading Time: 15 minutes

Been a while I wrote a “My Virtual Office Space”-update as extensive as I will now. note: updating regurarly.

My Office Space introduction

Although I featured the basic hardware specifications in this picture (from a different angle) on my FaceBook timeline already. Let’s dive a little deeper why I’m not unhappy with my curent hardware gear line-up. A picture tells more than the thousand words below it? Not in this case.

Less is More?

And just in case you’re thinking right now:

Haha, my stuff is so much better / faster!

That might be true. However, there’s a lot more you cannot see in that picture. AND its not about how ‘well hung’  you are, but how you use your ‘equipment’.

Thus let’s dig a bit deeper!

Home Office Gear

This is all the stuff you saw in the picture in much more detail.

‘EliteBook’ Workstation

The computer I spend the most time at every single day!

Computer (Laptop): HP EliteBook 2570P
Manufacturer Release Date: March 2012
Date of Purchase: 2017-Dec-25
Price Paid: €185 ~ $229USD

Basic specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3320M @ 2.6-3.2Ghz (CPU/passmark points: ~ 4100)
  • Chipset: Intel 77QM (4th Generation)
  • RAM: 2×4=8GB Samsung DDR3L SODIMM
  • ODD: DVD+/-RW
  • Connectivity: 2x USB2.0, 1x USB3.0, headset, eSATA, Display Port

Hardware Upgrades

The dates reflect the purchase date of the time, the order of the items are about when I’ve started using them.

  • 1st Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA3 SSD with MacOS 10.13 @ AFPS
  • Replaced HSDPA (4G mobile) with BCM94360 (aka Apple Airport)
  • replace ODD by a HDD caddy
  • 2nd Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA SSD for a RAID0 array @ MacOS 10.13.3 HFS+J
  • HP Port Replicator Docking Station for HP 2570p (A9B77AA)
  • from 2×4=8GB to 2×8=16GB DDR3L RAM

Scheduled Upgrade Path

In no particular order:

  • replace i5-3320M (Dual-Core) with a i7-3xx0QM (Quad-core) CPU. Update early 2019: doesn’t seem to be possible due to TDP cooling limit and there’s no really good throttling software for Hackintosh neither MacOS. Tried with Clover but thusfar unsuccesful.

Operating System(s)

Host OS: MacOS High Sierra (10.13.3)
Guest OS (virtualized through Parallels Desktop): Android 7, Anti-X (Linux), Kali 2018.1 (Linux), Windows 7 Ultimate Lite, multiple Windows 10

‘BlogBook’ Workstation

3rd time I own this baby: Acer ChromeBook C720P.

Basic Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Celeron U2955 (soldered)
  • Chipset: Haswell
  • RAM: 4GB (soldered)
  • Storage: 32GB SSD
  • GPU: Intel HD2500
  • Connectivity: HDMI, headset, 1x USB2.0, 1x USB3.0, SD card reader

Operating System(s):

Replaced ChromeOS with Crouton @ ChromeOS. Crouton powered OS Lineup: Linux Ubuntu 16.04LTS, Kali, Kodi, Linux Fedora, and ChromeOS itself of  course Hence it’s a virtualization type of mini laptop.

Matching accessory list Chromebook

  • No-name Chinese USB LED light
  • Sharkoon 1GBit Etherlan LAN + 3x USB3.0 hub

‘Experimental’ Workstation

Computer (Laptop) Model: Asus K53E
Manufacturer Release Date: ???
Purchased date: did not*

*) pulled it together from resources I still had laying around.

You might also like:   [NL] Prepaid VISA Credit Card (= Debit Card) Kado kaart

Basic Specifications

  • CPU: Intel i5-2450m @ 2.5GHz
  • Chipset: Sandy Bridge
  • RAM: 2×2=4GB (max. 8GB)
  • Storage: 120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
  • GPU: Intel HD3000
  • Connectivity: HDMI, headset + mic, 2x USB2.0 +  1x USB3.0

Operating System(s):

What’s better than virtualizing a Windows10 OS through Parallels Desktop on a Mac? Not having to polute it with Windows at all. And native OS always works best, so this Asus laptop is running a Windows 10 trial v1907 accessed through Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Mac.

Home ‘MMX’ Studio

… more info coming before summer! Basically going to rebuild a my prior studio experience of 2008 with a Yamaha MO8 88-key weighted Piano, this time hooked in Logic.

Home Office Network

1st (living space) floor

  • Cisco Modem/Router
  • TP-Link Powerline AV500

2nd floor

‘My Office’

  • Switch: TP-Link SG-1004E | 4x ports 1Gbit hardware switch
  • WiFi Access Points: Ziggo C7 AP
    Had this one before. It’s a custom ROM version of the TP-Link Archer C7. Where Ziggo basically has taken out the Router functionality and has made it a WiFi Access Point only. And the Ziggo v2.x firmware has greatly improved over the v1.x … otherwise I would indeed put DD-WRT on it again.

Other rooms 2nd floor

Every other room has a straight  1Gbit LAN patch connection to the router/modem downstairs.

Accessories & other Gear

Sorted in order of importance.

Monitors

Next to each and every monitor at every laptop / tablet / smartphone device? I had two additional monitors.

AOC U2879VF

This is the large monitor you see in the picture.

  • Diagonal: 28″
  • Resolution: 4K, but due to my HD4000 GPU limitation running a comfortable 2560×1440
  • LCD panel type: TN
  • Color: black
  • Ports: DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Manufacturer link. For the €199 spend, its simply second to none. Infact when I’m out & about working in flex offices around the globe on far more expensive DELL or HP business line screens, I always love it again when I can work from my home office.

HP L19050

  • Diagonal: 19″
  • Resolution: 1280×1024
  • Ports: VGA, DVI
  • Color: space grey
  • Extra: in height adjustable

hooked into an Aten CS201 KVM Switch.

Storage

Docking stations

  • Deltaco MAP-GD35U3 USB3.0 Dual Docking Station  for simultaneous 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA
  • Sharkoon QuickPort XT USB3 V2 for 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA

Off-line Backup

  • 500GB: 1.8″ Samsung T5 USB 3.1 (Gen1) | Purchase date: Dec 2018
  • 500GB: 2.5″ Seagate Momentus 5400rpm SATA3 | Acquire date: no clue
  • 2000GB: 3.5″ Seagate 5400 SATA3 through USB3 | Acquire date: no clue

USB Pendrives

  • 1GB pendrive with Anti-X

Cloud Storage

In alphabetical order …

Apple iCloud

Purpose: iPhone/iPad backup + iWork notes
Account plan:
 50GB
Cost: $1 per month
Typical account usage: 2-3GB
User since: 
ever sincei it launched at 11th of October 2011

DropBox

Purpose: iPhone photo album sync + temporary storage between devices

You might also like:   Best Free Web Hosting Control Panels to Manage Servers & Hosted Services
Account plan: FREE (eligible for 14.5 out of 15GB)
Cost: $0
Currently in use: 2-3GB
Active user since:
2012-May-27

Google Drive

Purpose: biz plans, whitepaper storage, Joint Venture brainstorming
Account plan:
FREE
Cost: $0
Storage capacity: 15GB
Currently in use: 8-9GB
Active user since: ever since it launched at April 24, 2012

Ingreso Cloud (LiveDrive OEM)

Purpose: Computers Backup
Account plan: unlimited (Gold Partner) @ $25/month via PayPal
Currently in use: > 6TB
Active user since: 2014-Jan

MEGA.nz

Purpose: syncing storage
Account plan: FREE (upto 50GB)
Cost: $0
Currently in use: ~ 85GB
Active user since: 2018-Feb-27

Microsoft OneDrive

Purpose: “Office Online“-storage
Account plan: FREE (max. 5GB?)
Cost: $0
Currently in use: ± 100MB
Active user since: 2017-Nov

Resilio (aka BitTorrent Sync)

Purpose: potential replacement of my Google Drive, Dropbox, MEGA and TransIP stack account.
Account plan: Family
ETA: May 2018

TransIP Stack

Purpose: Multimedia Project & Webdevelopment library storage
Account plan: FREE (max. 1TB)
Currently in use: ± 300GB
User Since: 2015-Nov-08

Virtual Office

Previous chapter was about the physical office. One of my best kept secrets of the past 4 years as part of the Options4ALL project. Let’s get down to the meat & potatoes of my actual virtual office (as cloud storage doesn’t really qualify as such).

Dedicated (RDP) Server

Purpose: secret (Non Disclosure Agreement)
Supplier: KimSufi
Server model: KS-5
Server specs: Intel Xeon 2×5504 2GHz (8c/8t), 16GB DDR2 ECC 800MHz, 2TB HDD, 100Mbps
Operating System: Windows 10 v1907

Email & Shared Hosting

Purpose: email inbox hosting, domain forwarding, and hosting some old sites like https://www.tell-a-few.com
Supplier: SolidHosting.NL
Account type: Small
Webserver stack: Apache2 + PHP7 + MySQL

Virtual Private Server: ‘CNi-SW’

Purpose: next to the 11+ month old prototype, it runs a lot more (API-wise with Non Disclosure Agreements).
Supplier: Vultr
VPS model: VC2 (aka a droplet)
Server specs: 1x virtual Xeon CPU core, 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD
Server location: datacenter in Amsterdam, NL
Server Uplink: 1Gbit (with traffic cap of 1TB)
Server OS: Linux Ubuntu 17.10
Webserver stack: Lighttpd + PHP7-FPM + MySQL
Control Panel: SSH only

Virtual Private Server: ‘Ferrari’

Purpose: production server to test new projects
Supplier: Vultr
VPS model: VC2 (aka a droplet)
Server specs: 1x virtual Xeon CPU core, 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD
Server location: datacenter in Amsterdam, NL
Server uplink: 1Gbit(with 1TB traffic cap)
Server OS: Linux Ubuntu 16.04LTS
Control Panel: VestaCP
Webserver stack: NGINX + PHP7-FPM + Redis + MySQL

Virtual Private Server: ‘PocaHontas’

Purpose: running some ancient projects that cannot run on the NGINX production servers
Supplier: Vultr
VPS model: VC2 (aka a droplet) + 50GB Block Storage
Server specs: Xeon core, 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD
Server location: datacenter in New Jersey, USA
Server uplink: 1Gbit (with 1TB traffic cap)
Server OS: Linux Ubuntu 16.04LTS
Control Panel: VestaCP
Webserver stack: NGINX + PHP5 + Redis + MySQL

You might also like:   Top 5 Patchmanagement Cloud Software solutions for IT system managers to Patch and Deploy Apps

Virtual Private Server: ‘Tesla’

Purpose: production server for all large(r) projects
Supplier:
 TransIP
VPS model: Blade X2
Server specs: Xeon core, 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD
Server location: datacenter in Amsterdam NL
Server uplink: 1Gbit (with 1TB traffic cap)
Server OS: Linux Ubuntu 16.04LTS
Control Panel: VestaCP
Webserver stack: NGINX + PHP5 + Redis + MySQL

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

About Earnie Rhyker

tech pioneer | intellectual BadAss | ethical lifehacker | WordPress developer & Polyglot | information activist | blogger | added value services provider | multimedia enthusiast | senior linux server administrator | geek | bitcoin investor | laptop entrepreneur | tech support guru | open source contributor | hackintosh fanatic | charity donator | accredited top MLM networker & internet marketer 2014-2016 @ BFH | Growth Hacker

View All Posts

Communities I have been 'hanging out' regularly over the past two decades. 

Note: links go to my profile on those respective sites. Connect with me if you like.

 

If you enjoyed this blog, like / retweet, share and comment below please

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Binance coin
  • Litecoin
Scan to Donate Bitcoin to 162Pvg1s651cG2MEgEUEUQqiHEZhZqHS7T

Donate Bitcoin to this address

It is just as easy as scanning the QR code or copying the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin in seconds. We thank you in advance for your patronage!

Scan to Donate Ethereum to 0x1467b96A58557ae05E205729d7306A2d1f9624e2

Donate Ethereum to this address

It is just as easy as scanning the QR code or copying the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum in seconds. We thank you in advance for your patronage!

Scan to Donate Binance coin to bnb136ns6lfw4zs5hg4n85vdthaad7hq5m4gtkgf23

Donate Binance coin to this address

It is just as easy as scanning the QR code or copying the address below into your wallet to send some Binance coin in seconds. We thank you in advance for your patronage!

Tag/Note:- 454792017
Scan to Donate Litecoin to LePBpT2xdaHry1LKAYSzV4LGVJcoYUtUKe

Donate Litecoin to this address

It is just as easy as scanning the QR code or copying the address below into your wallet to send some Litecoin in seconds. We thank you in advance for your patronage!

, ,

Earn With Earnie
error: Content is DCMA protected !!
Share This
Skip to content
%d bloggers like this: