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Im looking for a bit of feedback from programmers about work spaces.

Is it common to work in different areas throughout the day? (Coffee Shops, Coworking Spaces, Hotels, Trains, etc.)

What are the 3 most necessary pieces of equipment while working?

Thanks! -Sam

closed as primarily opinion-based by gnat, Justin Cave, Vietnhi Phuvan, Jan Doggen, Kate Gregory Oct 27 '14 at 12:51

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    "Your questions should be reasonably scoped... avoid asking subjective questions where … every answer is equally valid" (help center) – gnat Oct 27 '14 at 10:27
  • Thanks Gnat, do you think with these changes I can get a more natural response? – Sam Wesley Oct 27 '14 at 11:07
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    Voting to close because the answers will all be a matter of subjective preferences. For example, I can shut out the world around me and I'll be comfortable working next to a jackhammer. Somebody might not stand even a low key conversation in the neighboring workspace. – Vietnhi Phuvan Oct 27 '14 at 11:28
  • This is true, the answers will be subjective. I purely want to gain insight on different ways to work that people have tried. – Sam Wesley Oct 27 '14 at 12:42
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    @SamWesley the question isn't a good fit for the Q&A format, but you are welcome to come into The Workplace Chat (where things are much looser) and talk with folks! Normally using chat requires 20 reputation, but I've given you explicit access to our main room. Please feel free to visit. – Monica Cellio Oct 28 '14 at 3:22
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This is a difficult one to give a definitive answer to as everyone is different. Basically there are three types as far as I'd see, everything is a variation on these:

  • Private space - office, home etc
  • shared space - open plan office, shared workspace
  • public - coffee shops, libraries, parks etc

It can vary by a lot what is acceptable to an individual, I've mainly worked in shared spaces (mostly open plan offices), some of which could be described as like a crèche, or in one case, downtown Beirut. As a result I can tune out the ambient (sometimes people need to tap me on the shoulder to show they are actually talking to me).

As regards what is necessary equipment, 3 things for me are:

  1. light weight computer - actually use a 3g chromebook as much as possible, remote desktop onto a VDI if I need some power (I can access servers and power developer desktops). Lets me work anywhere, and move if required.
  2. Headphones and mobile - bluetooth full closed Sony headphones, good sound for music, plus I can do calls, even take a stroll whilst locked in a never-ending conference call.
  3. Aladdin thermos cafetiere - make fresh coffee and keep it hot and drinkable, record is 6 hrs - can either plunge my fresh coffee or plunger unscrews for a coffee shop brew.

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