RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

Subject: RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?
From: Richard Weir <richard -dot- weir -at- ce -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 10:36:18 +1000

Hi Sharon,

You have just anwsered your own question. If you back your work up to CD I
do not see the problem if you had to format your hard drive you would have a
copy of your work already.

If you back your work up each day the most you would lose is one days work.
I dont know what part of the world you are in, but a CD-R here in Australia
can be brought for as little as 0.33 cents and a CD-RW around a $ so cost is
not an issue.

I still believe in having just a laptop. I have never had to format my hard
drive because of a piece of software corrupting my machine. As a good test
team should have already picked those bugs up. Having 2 machines to me is
not the best way to stopping your machine getting corrupted. Either way you
still are having to format a hard drive.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Burton-Hardin [mailto:sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 10:03 AM
Subject: RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

And it is a total waste of money, right up until the day that you have the
client's software and the manual on the same machine, working with the
product as you are writing. And the software does something the developers
thought not possible - like corrupt your FAT.

Which is terminal and you cannot get anything off the computer now. Like
your manual, for example. But you do have a nice hard drive, ready to be
reformatted. Suddenly, a low end laptop or desktop seems a wise investment.
You only need it to happen one time. Like backups, or a UPS.

I ALWAYS recommend a laptop and a desktop. Write on one and work with the
product on the other. When the product crashes, you don't run the risk of
losing, corrupting, or otherwise damaging your work.

Cutting a CD to move files takes about 5 minutes. And provides a back up, in
case. Networks are cheap to put together in your home - the hardware can be
purchased for under $100 - and takes about 2 hours to install and configure,
if you drink wine like I did while you do it. Probably less if you don't
need Merlot to run cable. Then again, you may not need to run cable at all -
you may be able to do wireless (I have too many pipes in the wall to do it).

Then you learn about networking technology as well, a nice side benefit. You
can never learn too much technology. In this job market, writing networking
stuff may be your next job.


Sharon Burton-Hardin
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting

-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-71429 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-71429 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 4:48 PM
Subject: RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

I myself use a Toshisba Laptop with no Monitor, full size keyboard or
docking station and I am more than happy with it.

Why would you need to have a Desktop as well or a docking station? I do not
see the added value having a desktop at homeas well, what would you do when
you need to update the desktop? Burn a CD from the laptop and then put it
copy it into the desktop, sounds like far to much hard work to me.

I take my laptop to work everyday with me and home at night. Having both
seems to be a total waste of money to me.

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