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José Aponte
José Aponte

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The perseverance, commitment to my dreams and goals as a programmer

In 2020 I quit my job as a programmer in a company I was working for 8 years. I got tired of the mess, the conflicts between the departments and clients (because many managers and supervisors are focused on the money). I had a laptop (a Lenovo ideapad 330s). I assembled a small table, took a plastic chair, a cheap rgb keyboard/mouse and that was my first workspace.

First workspace

Hey! It was better than the bed. Trust me!

Later, by november of that year (still 2020) I got some money from my first client as freelancer. I used the money to buy a new monitor and a weird desk from a friend. That desk is weird because one of the tables unfolds and you had like an L table workspace. (I'm sorry for my bad english). Oh! I bought cheap wireless keyboard, mouse and headphones. I was in a "Wireless" trending mode. Not very efficient at the moment. Please, ignore the white case at the bottom. That was my first linux server. I also bought an ergonomic chair.

Second Workspace

I used that setup for a year. By the end of 2021 I upgraded my pc from the laptop to a cheap gaming PC:

  • Ryzen 3 3300X
  • Nvidia GT 730 (I know, the lowest of the lowest).
  • I a small UPS

I also upgraded my keyboard, mouse and headset:

  • Keyboard Kumara k552 with Outemu red switches.
  • Mouse logitech g102
  • A razer headset (sorry, I don't have the model right now).

I was happy because I could work better and play the same old games with better graphics.

Second Workspace upgrade

A week later I finally bought a decent desk CubiCubi and cool black/green keycaps for my kumara keyboard. I also bought some cheap rgb speakers.

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By the end of April 2022, I changed the speakers: Bought a logitech speakers with subwoofer, a led light strip and a desk lamp. This is my current setup:

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Bottom line is: My current setup is somehow what I imagined when I started working as a freelancer in 2020. And I know I will keep improving my workspace and room. I will paint the room next week, for example.

I really wanted to shared this because I want to tell you that you can achieve your goals if you have focus, conviction and will!

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Jeremy Friesen

This was not the post I was expecting by the title, but you share a lot of perspective and wisdom. Incremental gains build up. And there's something rewarding about seeing both the progress and the "finished" state.

Thank you for sharing!

And looking forward to seeing what paint color(s) you choose.

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José Aponte Author

Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it. Sure! I will share the room when I'm finished painting it!