RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

Subject: RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 08:51:34 -0700

I almost disagree. We never purchase our computers from a major vendor. I
have a PC Club here in town from which we get all our computers. They know
us, they have worked miracles - for example, on a crash and burn fast
project, we needed a 2000 box NOW. None of the older machines we had could
run 2000. They put together a machine and installed 2000 in under 3 hours,
at a great price. I love them.

Building your own computer is a great way to start to understand what your
computer does and how. I prefer writers who can build their own boxes, as
they generally understand what is happening in the box. They tend to not
autistically reinstall stuff when they run into problems, as they grasp what
the problem might be and what to really do. They grasp client technology
better, because they have a better understanding of what this stuff all

Writers don't have to always build their own, but when a hard drive goes, it
is nice when they know what to do to fix it, instead of having to take it to
the shop and wait a week for the shop to put a new hard drive in.

I tell my students to build one or 2. It makes a big difference in your
technical knowledge overall.

I need more coffee.


Sharon Burton-Hardin
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting

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Subject: Re:Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

Building your own has its advantages. It can be fun. You get exactly the
you want (although that requires a good deal of research). With a pre-built
a lot of people wind up tolerating an inadequate component or two because
it's a
hassle to get it fixed and expensive to replace the whole box. If you build
own, you can upgrade it piece by piece and always have a system you're
with. BUT... if you build, you are your own tech support, you have to obtain
install your own operating system, and you don't save much (if any) money --
just put periodic, moderate infusions of money into your machine instead of
spending a grand or two every couple of years on a new one.

If you want a hobby, build. If you just want a tool to use for work, buy.


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