My Office

I work in an old farmhouse, modified for software development purposes at Whitley in West Yorkshire. This is my desk:

The current dev machine is a 3.6GHz Quad core Haswell with 16G of RAM and an NVidia GTX 760 so I can have up to four displays (six with a DisplayPort splitter box), though I only use three. The two right hand displays are Dell Ultrasharp 1920x1200 IPS, the one on the left is an HP 24 inch 1920x1200 IPS rotated into portrait mode for working with long log files. The OS is 64 bit Windows 10.

The keyboard is a Microsoft sculpt with its standard mouse. At home I use a Logitech gaming mouse, which is a far superior piece of kit. I tried a mechanical keyboard at home (CoolerMaster storm trigger), but couldn't get on with it at all. It has since been replaced with a Ducky Zero, which works fine. They're nice, but too clattery for work when you have to share an office. The odd-looking thing on a stand is a hands-free wireless phone headset for conference calls, which occupy more of my life than I'd like, i.e. some.

There are also two laptops, the larger MSI one is an i7 machine used as test device. It is also configured for working on site if needed, though I don't really do that any more. The other is an an ancient HP one used for running legacy compilers like VC6, which won't run on Windows 10.

Note that when I say a "test device", yes, I do test my own code. I don't follow that loathesome practice popular in the "agile" world where they throw crap over a wall and expect the testers to find all their bugs. In my mind, I consider myself to have failed if a tester finds a bug in something I've written. Testers are there to catch the edge cases you can't think of - they're a safety net, not a replacement. The real world will find far more weird edge cases than either of you can think off: trust me on this. Increasingly these days I equate the terms "agile" and "unprofessional".


That weird little thing below the middle display is indeed a speedloader, a relic of my shooting days. I used to own a Smith and Wesson model 686 .357 magnum, though I mostly put .38 wadcutter handloads through it to save money. Handguns like this are illegal now in the UK.

The shells kept in it are some of those (expended) .38 handloads. I use it as a "think-toy" now: when I need to think, it keeps my hands busy.

For the record: single-action, I am superb. Double-action, I couldn't hit the barn wall the target is hanging on.

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