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 17:50:56 -0700

Ah, but losing even one day can sometimes be a very bad thing. And you are
not losing 1 day - you are losing 2 cause it takes another day to put it
back together. If you can take the laptop to the systems people and tell
them "Make this work!" while you do what is needed on the other machine to
keep working, the actual impact is not that bad.

You assume that all clients/employers actually test their stuff well? Many
times in my company we are pulled in and do QA as we write. Most small
software houses are like that. There is no time to wait until a stable
build happens - that may be the day they ship!

It really works best. Been doing this for more than a few years, been
advising this for more than a few years. Every writer I have ever told to
get 2 at some point has one machine go down and is thrilled they have the
second, if they took my advice.

Your mileage may vary. I have class! (ta'i chi, I mean!)


Sharon Burton-Hardin
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-71429 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:36 PM
Subject: RE: Telecommuters: laptop or desktop?

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.

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