Working from home: The space-saving folding desks you need

Estelle Sidler

In the latest of the prime minister’s announcements on 22 September, people who can work from home, are again being encouraged to do so. While those who can’t should still go to work and follow covid secure practices.

 There is no date to fully return to offices anytime soon as we head into autumn and winter though. 

 As reported by The Independent, Google has told its employees that they’ll be working remotely until the summer of 2021, while other tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter have allowed most employees to work remotely indefinitely.

So as we’re now six months into working from home for lots of people, your workspace is probably starting to feel in need of a revamp – especially if your make-shift office and bedroom have merged into one.

However, as the pandemic has forced us to both work and live in our personal spaces, it’s important

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Upgrade Your Work From Home Situation With The Computer Desk

Estelle Sidler

Find yourself still working from home all this time into the pandemic? Not the worst thing in the world to be dealing with. But maybe you want to upgrade your home setup without going crazy. If so, you’ll want to check out the CubiCubi Computer Desk right now.



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You could go out and buy a big ole desk for your home, make it seem like a lavish office. Or you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and space by picking up the CubiCubi Computer Desk. It’s simple but it is highly effective at doing what it needs to do, and that is giving you somewhere to work on your computer.

Assembly of the CubiCubi Computer Desk is not complicated at all. You’ll be done with it in 10 minutes’ time. But don’t let that fool you. This is no cheaply made piece of work furniture

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Hands-Free Gadgets That Will Make Your Home Smarter

Estelle Sidler

Go totally hands-free with this selection of easy to operate gadgets to make your home truly smart.

It’s never been easier – or more affordable – to make your home environment a smart home environment. With so many of us locked down or working from home, it’s also a more highly desirable state of affairs, because if you’re going to spend even more of your time within your own domicile, it may as well be as nice as possible.

Where once setting up a smart home with hands-free gadgets mandated a visit from your local electrician and complex internal wiring, most smart home gadgets these days operate wirelessly and with the use of smart digital assistants from Amazon, Google or Apple, and frequently all three. It’s well worth checking the specifications for each gadget to ensure that it meets the digital assistant that you use, however.

For Apple users, that’s

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The best home internet services and providers near me in Sepetmber 2020

Estelle Sidler

Deciding between the best home internet providers can be a daunting task, especially when you have to consider so many different options. Let us help make your decision easier by providing a list of the best internet services in your area which include providers like T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.

We’ve created a comparison chart with all the different major factors such as speed, bundle options, price, and coverage to help you find the best internet service that’s tailored to your needs. All you need to do is enter your zipcode below and choose which speed you’d prefer, and you’ll be able to compare the top internet providers depending on your area.  You’ll also be able to select bundle options which include phone and TV that you can bundle with your internet service.

The best internet service providers

If you’re still unsure on what internet provider you need, we’ve answered some

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Technology Service Desk reopens in new home at the EMU

Estelle Sidler

The Technology Service Desk – a free computer help desk for UO students, staff and faculty members – moved to the Erb Memorial Union on Monday, Sept. 21.

The change in location coincides with the Tech Desk’s return to limited in-person service after several months fully remote.

“We’re really excited about this move to the EMU,” said Sara Stubbs, director of customer service and support for Information Services. “This is something we’ve been working toward for years.”

The help desk is located on the building’s lower level between Falling Sky pizzeria and the Craft Center, in the existing computer lab in Room 042. Previously managed by UO Libraries, the computer lab is now managed by Information Services, which continues to run the lab with half the number of computers to ensure adequate physical distancing after adding help desk services to the space.

“It’s just by chance that we’re moving the

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OWC Launches New Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-port Hub, the Digital Desktop Centerpiece for Home Office, Small Business, Creative Pros

Estelle Sidler

WOODSTOCK, Ill., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits introduces the new OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-Port Hub. Designed to handle diverse workflows, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual offers up to 32TB of storage capacity plus a built-in high-powered USB hub for accessory connectivity and device charging, easily making it the centerpiece of your digital desktop. The compact Mercury Elite Pro Dual is equipped and ready to go to give you its best performance with any USB equipped Mac, PC, or tablet from nearly the last decade. You don’t need to worry about what system you have, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-Port Hub is there to provide the performance, data capacity,

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As pandemic wears on, kids and parents seeing the need for proper desks, chairs for working at home

Estelle Sidler

When Chattanooga-area schools cleared their buildings in mid-March in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading in Hamilton County, the move felt something like a fire drill: Grab what you need and get out. For most students, that meant a laptop for virtual learning at home over the next two weeks.

But the all-clear never came for a return to the classroom. Two weeks turned into a month, and eventually in-person instruction was canceled for the rest of the academic year. Even with a new school year underway, home will be the classroom for the majority of the week.

Many office workers have also shifted to similar work-from-home arrangements, taking computer setups but often little else to accomplish the tasks of a workweek away from the office.

As important as those digital lifelines have been to students and office workers alike, they couldn’t overcome some of the impediments to

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How to set up the best school desk for your kid at home

Estelle Sidler

Thousands of kids across the Philadelphia region are soon returning to school from a seat inside their home. If your kid’s one of them, it’s time to start thinking about creating a functional, comfortable workspace. Enjoying breakfast from bed is one thing, but math class in bed? Avoid it if you can.

“Throughout school, learning how to learn is perhaps the most important thing, and that involves organizational skills, keeping schedules and routines, learning responsibilities and how to think ahead,” says Todd Levy, an occupational therapist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Those are particularly challenging virtually, but it’s possible, and a good setup will help.”

Every kid is different. And these are new waters we’re all navigating. In trying to create the “right” learning space, adjustments are inevitable. But you have to start somewhere. We’ve asked experts for advice on how to set up a desk where your

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27 Best Labor Day Sales 2020: Shop Top Fashion, Beauty & Home Picks Now

Estelle Sidler

Giovanna: Squiggly jewelry, tie-dye rompers, and raffia sandals will all be 15% off from September 5 through September 7 with the code LASTDAYS. What’s more, a percentage of sales will be donated to Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial injustice.

Best Labor Day Beauty Deals 2020

Ulta: Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale coincides with Labor Day Weekend, meaning from August 30 to September 19, you have nearly three full weeks to get half off best-selling drugstore and luxury products. New deals drop daily, so check out what’s good here.

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Tatcha: We’d buy Tatcha at full price, but the brand is surprising customers this weekend with 25% off select products, as well 25% off exclusive duo sets from September 3 through September 8. The verdict? Add to cart.

Violet Grey: Mark your calendars, fam. On September 6 and 7, Violet Grey

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How to speed up your home Internet and Wi-Fi on the cheap

Estelle Sidler

You can speed up your home Internet connection and Wi-Fi for cheaper than you’d think. It’s a need many homes are facing now, when the pandemic traps both students and parents under one roof, all trying to work online at the same time. 

Wi-Fi range becomes an especially painful issue. In our tiny home, spreading out meant we needed solid signal even in corners of the house, deck, or yard that never mattered before. While an Internet drop-out while surfing the web was no big deal a year ago, a drop-out during a Zoom call is about as embarrassing today as showing up to work with your shirt on inside-out.

Here’s how I sped up our home Wi-Fi and even coaxed more speed out of our main Internet connection (with an assist from our ISP). It takes some smart shopping and DIY can-do spirit, but my cash outlay was minimal–and

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