I work quite a bit from home – both because I can and because lots of things come up during the weekend/evenings. We have a mantra of “when it gets done, it doesn’t matter where you are” at Seedcamp, so I just stay home some days to focus (and have music pumping all day).
The key to actually get stuff done here is in my opinion a very simple question of setup – I have the same monitor, keyboard, and mouse at home as I use in the office. I just plug my laptop in and sit down, all works. Now all I need here is a nice Aeron chair, maybe I’ll find one falling off a truck.
I feel that the resolution on the 13 inch Macbook is not really great for working on the road. Email and some light excel work is ok, but anything beyond that is annoying – it’s only 800px high, not much more than a netbook. The external 24 inch monitor only cost me a hundred pounds, and I can use it to watch movies as well. I contemplated the 15 inch Macbook with a high res display, but it’s just too big to lug around (and an expensive step up if only concerned with the display). Let’s hope for an update, because beyond that, it’s a great machine.
My update was the 1m pine board standing on Ikea Capita kitchen shelf legs for a couple of pounds. It’s simple, cheap and very useful, as i can store lots of stuff below it and keep the desk area clean. The Monitor is not height-adjustable, so it’s also quite good for my back – i am tall sitting up. This is one for Roitsch not to miss in his quest for the ultimate desk!