My Latest 6 Monitor Battle Station / Workstation Iteration

Unlike my previous battle station post, I’m not going to spend the time formatting to look so nice. So here’s a run down of my setup.

MONITORS

3x 27″ (2560 x 1440) Monitors

I was able to get these from MonoPrice for $249.99 each. Just be aware that they are DVI only. I’m only able to run them at 30 Hz which is annoying until I can find an adapter that will convert Mini DisplayPort to DVI for 60 Hz at the 2560 resolution. Meh. I do have for my primary one an Acer 2560 x 1440 that I got on Slickdeals a while ago which has native DP in it.

3x 22″ (1920 x 1080) Monitors

I got these from MonoPrice as well for about $99 each. The sixth one isn’t plugged in since I need to get a hold of a cheap DVI cable. For now, my laptop takes its place. But the 6th monitor isn’t so useful for me since on one of my 27″ I have it broken down to four quadrants with Skype, Google Contacts, Google Voice, and Evernote. I’m sure once I get it up and running, I can figure something out.

Monitor Stands

Since I was able to customize it, I decided on mounting all my monitors. The vertical 22″ monitor is on one of MonoPrice’s $22 brackets.

The two 27″ monitors are on this Heavy Duty Desk Mount I got from Amazon.

The two monitors on the right, 22″ and 27″ are mounted on one stand:

TABLES

Ok, I know it’s nerdy to list it here, but I would be remiss not to mention these are from Ikea and for extremely low price. I they they ranged from $25 – $50 each. I don’t see why I would ever choose to purchase super expensive office furniture or desk when Ikea serves my purposes even better considering the brackets I’m using. Actually, with the office desks, I found them to be more cumbersome since the mounting options were a lot less.

For my keyboard tray, I opted for a much cheaper option than I had done before. And you’ll also notice I did a “hack” by raising up the mouse tray to be more on level with the keyboard.

 

CHAIR

This serves well enough, I suppose. I got it for $189.00. My main objective was finding one with a head rest so that I can go uber lazy and rest my head back as I type.

I don’t like it as much as my primary chair still in California. Perhaps I’ll eventually ship over the Humanscale chair. I really liked how it allowed me to flex my back so that I can move around in my chair. I suppose, I’ll have to be more cognizant about adjusting, which is the benefit of the blue exercise ball you see.

Keyboard, Mouse & Peripherals

I use a bunch of shortcuts that are programmed with AutoHotKey. They are essentially a must if you have so many monitors and frequently used folders, and programs. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll just list all my peripherals here:

How to Sell Merchandise on Craigslist (My Process)

Sorry, I had to edit out the last part of the video because I accidentally displayed some data I didn’t want to reveal over the interwebs.

Here are some tips:

– PRICE OUT YOUR ITEM
Look on Amazon.com, Ebay.com (Sold listings), and Craigslist, to see what used items are selling for. Remember to consider shipping and handling to figure out the “fair market value” of what it is you’re selling.

– POST GOOD PICTURES
Sometimes, I’ll even grab the pictures from Amazon as my primary image, to make the posting look more enticing

– DESCRIPTION IN YOUR POST
Make sure to have a great description of what you’re selling to make it easier for people to find it. I have a standard template for my contact information and for people to see my other posts. I also often copy and paste from Amazon product descriptions

– CHOOSING A TITLE
I usually put the condition, right in the title.

– ALWAYS HAVE THEM OFFER THE FIRST PRICE
If someone wants to purchase from you, make them offer you the first price. You already offered the starting price with the listing, so now it’s the Buyer’s turn.

– BE PATIENT
If you did the research on pricing your item, you can be confident that you have a fair market value. All it takes is one buyer! Also, certain seasons affect purchasing habits of

– RENEW YOUR POSTING
Renew your posting about twice a week to refresh your listing, and also check your pricing if you’re not getting a lot of hits. It’s possible you may need to adjust your price.

QuickBooks Pro 2013 OLSU-1022 Error Message Solution

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

I did a fresh install of QuickBooks Pro 2013 on a new machine and noticed I was getting an error message when I was trying to “Set Up Online Services”.

An Error occurred while updating the branding files!

Please restart the Online Banking Setup Wizard to initiate the update process again.

Then I’ll hit the “OK” button only to proceed to this error message:

An unexpected error occured. A critical file that contains the financial institution data is not in the correct format or missing.

Error message number: [OLSU-1022]

Press OK to have QuickBooks download this file for you. After the download, restart the Online Banking Setup Wizard.

SOLUTION

The QuickBooks given solution didn’t work for me. Then I remembered I had perfectly working files on other computers, so I just copied the files from the working computers to mine.

STEP 1
Download the four files I’ve shared here:

  • FIBlueprint.xml
  • PopularFIs.ini
  • index.ini
  • fidir.txt

STEP 2
Go to the following folder on your computer and move your downloaded files to that directory:

C:\ProgramData\Intuit\QuickBooks 2013\Components\OLB\branding\filist

STEP 3
Right click the four selected files in the designated folder in STEP 2 and select “Properties”. Then make sure the “Read-Only” option is checked, and you should be good to go!

Many of my banking institutions don’t have QuickBooks files (.QBO) to use Quick Connect with and only offer the Quicken files (.QFX). I’ll cover how to convert QFX files to QBO files in a different post.