Unlike a lot of the other ZDNet editors and reporters, my home office is very, very minimal. That’s because I live and work in 650 square feet total in the middle of New York City. I’ve been working at home for about the last 15 years or so. My current full-time work-from-home office is about a third of my bedroom. So that necessitates a compact, clean set-up.

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(I store my podcast equipment in a nearby closet most days because I don’t want my microphone to become a cat-climbing tree. Plus, I like my desk clean and simple, just like I like my Notepad. On Wednesdays, I pull out and hook up all the equipment and connect to my router in the living room via a long cable. After that, it’s back in the closet for all the podcast clutter.)

Here are a couple shots of my home office:

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My podcast equipment and personal assistant Sorachi Ace the cat.

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My “normal” setup for daily work.

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And here’s a list of the tech-related equipment I use regularly:

Preferred ports

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I didn’t go with a Surface Dock because I preferred the ports available on this Dell DisplayLink model. Plus, at the time I bought it (early 2020), it was more up-to-date than Microsoft’s only model available at that time.

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For fussy touch typists

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This was one of my toughest decisions, as far as tech purchases go. I wanted a wireless keyboard that was solid, comfortable and not too ergonomic. (I find true ergonomic keyboards too hard to get used to, as I’m a fussy touch typist.) I was amazed how few options I found acceptable, but this combo works for me, though I still wish the keyboard had back-lighting.

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TWiT, the home of Windows Weekly, graciously provided me with most of my higher-end podcasting equipment, including the microphone, mount, webcam and audio interface device.

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Boom Mount

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I use my podcasting equipment, including this mount, primarily to record our weekly two-hour podcastathon. I sometimes also use the full setup when recording video for ZDNet.

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I sometimes also use the full setup, including this audio interface, when recording video for ZDNet.

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This Logictech webcam delivers full HD 1080p video calls with stereo audio.

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A nice, portable light and webcam mount for all those Skype/Teams/Zooms/podcasts.

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I purchased these recently to help fend off the sounds of our exterior building improvement/renovation. They definitely help. And if/when we travel again, they should be good companions. (I have some other generic wired earbuds I use for my podcast, but I don’t even know the brand or where/when I got them.)

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Keeps dust at bay

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My nearly 100-year-old apartment building is on a busy street and gets dusty fast. This air purifier helps keep the cat hair and dust at bay.

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