Re: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

Subject: Re: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?
From: "Doc" <doc -at- vertext -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 16:11:51 -0400

If you can afford it get your own laptop.
Buy your own software.
Don't leave anything on the network without backing it up to your own disks
Be ready to travel if only from one company to the next.
I'm a proponent of keeping your tools as portable as your brain.

An example;
I've spent hundreds of hours modifying and tweaking my computer. I have
maintenance procedures that run in the middle of the night. I have
FrameMaker add-ons that let me access variables from a static pick list
rather than floundering through the menus.

I have predefined tables with behavior I can predict. I have linked
templates and books that I designed to output the same content to fit any
target aspect ratio or document I want.

I have a special set of nested templates that let me create an entire
project in InfoMap blocks or in my own proprietary modules that parse
directly into a content management database. I could go on, but you get the
picture. If I walk away from that computer, someone else gets all that work,
or the computer gets wiped.

It is possible to use CDROMs to store the stuff and move it from computer to
computer, but frankly, some of the stuff is so interconnected that it would
still be a major effort to hook it back in.

I spent a long time putting my toolkit together. And it was MY time not the

Call me selfish, but if someone buys this workman, he brings his toolbox
with him and if he leaves the tools do too.

David 'Doc' Lettvin
"Versatile Text for reusability and globalization"
vox: +1.978.468.1105
fax: +1.775.248.0508

"Jeffrey Osier-Mixon" <jefro -at- mcn -dot- org> wrote in message
news:163333 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> Question for telecommuters, particularly contractors who visit customer
> sites on occasion---do you use/prefer a desktop machine or a laptop with
> docking station?

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