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Dylan Jan Hartmann  Identity Verified
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Aug 22, 2017

I just finished setting up my new iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017), 3.4ghz i5, 24 GB RAM, triple-screen work machine!

Sadly had to install parallels and Windows 10 for one client's software to work properly, but it all works fine.

I was first sold on simply replacing my 2013 21.5 inch iMac with another 21.5 inch, but then possibility of fitting a source pdf right next to a full size MS Word document on the main screen, while also having Mail and Skype open one dedicated screen and dictionaries/glossaries open on the other sold me with the 27 inch. It's huge!

Please share your setups!

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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And how do you move? Aug 22, 2017

How do you move around with all this, I like to move around : )

 

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Then, there is the portable setup! Aug 22, 2017

For cafe-work, I use the iPad as a dual-screen (via Duet app).

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Won't bore you with a photo of mine... Aug 22, 2017

At home: Lenovo T430 + docking station + two 24-inch monitors (landscape + portrait).
On the move: T430

Not very exciting but gets everything done.


 

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Portrait vs Landscape Aug 22, 2017

I had the Dell external monitor to the left portrait but just changed it back to landscape to test it out. Can't tell what I prefer just yet! It's good to have the option to be able to flip it to portrait though, don't you agree!

Setup with portrait screen: https://ibb.co/ea712Q


 

CafeTran Training
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No floating panes in WFP Aug 22, 2017

Don't you miss the option to make your panes floating on different screens, in WFP?

 

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Floating panes Aug 22, 2017

These never worked for me!

I'd be using them fine for a moment, then they'd snap back to their previous position or would obstruct the editor window!


 

Tom in London
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Mine's bigger than yours Aug 22, 2017

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I hope all your stuff, including those 3 monitors, are not all taking their power from one power point....

Me? I'm happy with a MacMini and one of these

http://amzn.to/2inuMFA

I don't need or want more than 1 display.

[Edited at 2017-08-22 09:25 GMT]


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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I like this one. Aug 22, 2017

DJHartmann wrote:

For cafe-work, I use the iPad as a dual-screen (via Duet app).

15325137_1508858865796857_4174711525526195745_o.jpg


Can you use this setting for heavy work and super large files, what are the cons?

Oh yes, two beautiful pieces. But if I am typing long hours I will want my external keyboard and external mouse, because I like to be further away from the screen. It would be OK for short work, recreation browsing or typing an email message.

[Edited at 2017-08-22 09:34 GMT]


 

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Renewable energy too! Aug 22, 2017

Tom in London wrote:


I hope all your stuff, including those 3 monitors, are not all taking their power from one power point....



Coming from one power point, on a solar-power (with mains backup) household.


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Go green! Aug 22, 2017

DJHartmann wrote:

Tom in London wrote:


I hope all your stuff, including those 3 monitors, are not all taking their power from one power point....



Coming from one power point, on a solar-power (with mains backup) household.


Green-friendly business, way to go.


 

Tom in London
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Fire risk Aug 22, 2017

DJHartmann wrote:

Tom in London wrote:


I hope all your stuff, including those 3 monitors, are not all taking their power from one power point....



Coming from one power point, on a solar-power (with mains backup) household.


Drawing too much power from one power point could be a fire risk.


 

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It's good! Try! Aug 22, 2017

Lingua 5B wrote:

Can you use this setting for heavy work and super large files, what are the cons?



Give the Macbook a go. It's quite fast with the SSD and chip speed. My only problem with this machine was the 8 gigs of RAM.
I like to have everything open at once, so would end up slowing it down a bit.

Wordfast worked like a dream. Had no other problems with it!

It IS just a portable setup though, I would rather not use a laptop 24/7.

I did do a 145k word project on it for 45 days, which did my head in but the computer survived!


 

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It's what the fuse box is for... Aug 22, 2017

...provided it has the correct rating.

Tom in London wrote:

Drawing too much power from one power point could be a fire risk.


 

Rolf Keller
Germany
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Is green really green? Aug 23, 2017

Lingua 5B wrote:

Green-friendly business, way to go.

Just compare the following scenarios:

Scenario 1: PCs needing 90 watts, household needing 50 watts, solar panel providing 120 watts. Thus, 20 watts come from the public grid.

Result: 20 watts of onventional power (coal, gas, nuclear) is consumed.


Scenario 2: PCs needing 50 watts, household needing 50 watts, solar panel providing 120 watts. Thus, 20 watts go to the public grid.

Result: 20 watts of onventional power (coal, gas, nuclear) is saved.


 
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