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hjk101192976dThis shit is rather common. It even happens with software tools. As long everything generates compatible output the agile manifesto has that one right:
'"Build projects around motivated individuals.
Give them the environment and support they need"
Try to highlight personal preferences. It helps if you talk to someone with major physical difference. People tend to understand that working on a countertop that is far too low or high (e.g. your hight) really sucks.
Most likely they found it to much of a hassle to order individual hardware and don't want to have a setup that is not good enough or odd for pushing on to a new hire.
Also i love mech keyboards and hate wireless stuff. It is to sensitive
Yamakuzure189076dI think that @hjk101 nailed it. They found it to be too much work to order individual setups.
At a former employer it was almost like that. There we were asked, and then two setups, assembled from our requirements were bought so we could choose and mix.
Not perfect, but a nice compromise nevertheless...
psion136976775dI've worked in one large corporate environment and two small agencies. At the Corp job, I was handed a Mac. At the smaller agencies, I was given a choice of Mac or PC, and even got to run Linux on my PC.
Nanos477875d$300 got me a new customer return 50" 4K monitor a few months ago.
Came with miss-matched feet, a tiny smudge on the screen you can't see very well unless its all white, and its all floppy.. but it works !
Company I got it from is no longer in business, apparently they couldn't make a profit !
<-- Has 4 monitors.
I'd quite like a 55" one, but the walls get in the way, and the price point for that is quite a bit more.
ltlian83875dHad something similar at my previous job. The company was set on getting me a laptop with a usb hub to connect to two extra screens. This was decided by a guy who classed me "the computer guy", to give an idea of his level of hardware expertise.
I would not be bringing the laptop with me ever so I suggested a desktop (which would be cheaper and we wouldn't need the hub), but "that's ok, we'll go for laptops". Kind of a non-reason answer but okay.
The hub didn't work with the particular laptop and we had to send it back for a different model. New model worked but the drivers often crashed and the cpu usage would hover at 40% according to taskman and top.
The guy who ordered us the gear wouldn't use it himself and was super satisfied. He particularily liked the keyboard because it had media buttons on it, but also commented on how awesome the mouse was because it was black.
I got to keep it after the job but haven't ever used it since.
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