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Poll: Where do you work most often?
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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Only at home Dec 28, 2016

in my own private SOHO (small office home office)

I have desktop PCs, not laptops, which means I'm restricted regarding where I can work, anyway, and sometimes contracts with my customers specifically state that I do their work only at my registered work address for security reasons.
This is quite fine with me because I want to completely forget about work when I leave the office and go outside.

Glad we have an actual name to a poll this time. I hope Anonymous has gone on a long holiday.


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Teresa Borges
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Home office Dec 28, 2016

To translate I prefer to sit at my desk in my little cozy study , surrounded by dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference books, but for revision/proofreading (my work or others’ work) my long and large dining table will serve as work desk or weather permitting I’ll enjoy my garden table on the terrace…

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Shared purpose room at home Dec 28, 2016

One corner of my open-plan living room-kitchen is my main "office space". There's a fully-functioning backup PC in the spare room too, but I mostly use that as a radio player...

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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my home office Dec 28, 2016

I have a room where I work, and I work only in that room and that room is only for working (or relaxing with a comfortable armchair and my music)
Now I share it with my 8-year-old son, who does his homework here with me.
But he just uses one of the desks and my old computer.


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Mona El-Shazly  Identity Verified
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In an office Dec 28, 2016

I sometimes work from office and sometimes from home.

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Reed James
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A translator's home is his castle Dec 28, 2016

I work at my home office. I have one big new computer in front of me and a smaller, older one to the right, both PCs.

I should mention that I keep the door closed-much like the drawbridge of a castle. If visitors/intruders do not have a legitimate reason for entering, they fall into the moat!


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Purpose-built office Dec 28, 2016

But increasingly also in my car as I ferry teenagers around their various pursuits.

Forget the Lincoln Lawyer, here's the Toyota Translator.

Although I mostly use the Lamborghini, natch.

[Edited at 2016-12-28 11:24 GMT]


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Luiz Barucke
Brazil
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Home office and a cafe Dec 28, 2016

Most of the time, I work in my home office, but I take my laptop to a cafe 1-3 times a week for some hours to change the setting around.

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KKastenhuber  Identity Verified
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Office away from home Dec 28, 2016

I rent a room at an office I share with another company. Wasn't sure about the investment initially, but couldn't be happier now (and it's been 1.5 years already).

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I call it my cage, but the door is always open! Dec 28, 2016

Teresa Borges wrote:

To translate I prefer to sit at my desk in my little cozy study , surrounded by dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference books…


I prefer the big desktop computer and my good office chair. There are fine views of the sunset at that time of day, and the kitchen is only a few paces away when I need some coffee or company.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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A pleasant thought Dec 28, 2016

Gianluca Marras wrote:

I have a room where I work, and I work only in that room and that room is only for working (or relaxing with a comfortable armchair and my music)
Now I share it with my 8-year-old son, who does his homework here with me.
But he just uses one of the desks and my old computer.


Thanks, Gianluca. I could picture the whole thing and I don't even have children"



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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Moat? Dec 28, 2016

Reed James wrote:

I work at my home office. I have one big new computer in front of me and a smaller, older one to the right, both PCs.

I should mention that I keep the door closed-much like the drawbridge of a castle. If visitors/intruders do not have a legitimate reason for entering, they fall into the moat!


A moat with crocodiles, piranhas and the like?

Please say yes!



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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Pleasant comments Dec 28, 2016

I've enjoyed some of the comments: a translator's home office is his (her) castle is one of my favorites.

Starting last September, I had to adjust my working habits due to the start of my PhD's first semester. Working on translations in my MacBook Pro in my rented university room was a peach. The only thing I couldn't do properly was dictation (using Nuance's program and a crappy headset and mike). Other than that, a chair made comfier with the aid of a cheap 4-euro cushion, music streaming from iTunes and my 17-inch laptop were a pretty good combination, paired (definitely!) with a speedy Internet connection (30-40 MB).

I'm writing these lines from this office now. Wait, now I can't insert pictures?



Come March 2017, however, I'll be back on the road with one of my laptops.



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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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Home office in theory Dec 28, 2016

But I'm flexible and adapt to the seasons (my office is too warm in the summer - and right now, I'm getting ready to repaint it).
Frequently I'll start my day in the kitchen. Answering emails after my morning coffee, and then move when I get restless. My home office has a bigger screen and wireless extra keyboards, which is to prefer over my laptop alone, but then again, I don't want to get so comfy I can't pick up and travel while still working at least part of the day. I'll be "on the road" for at least 7 weeks in 2017, and will only have my laptop and whatever desk I find where I am.


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