March 4, 2003
Using Laptop Fulltime
I've recently become fairly frustrated with the number of computers I use in the course of a week and the extra work it takes to move between machines. I've got three under my desk at the office, four at home, and a dozen or so servers around the US that I'm on at some point during the week. I got fed up with having to maintain so many machines so I've decided to try two things:
- Use my laptop exclusively for a desktop. I've been trying this for two weeks now, using a monitor and keyboard when at my desk. Here's what I was hoping to accomplish.
- Minimize redundancy in downloading, installing, transferring files etc
- Avoid unreachable relevant information. I can't count the times I've been at the datacenter with my laptop and realized the stuff I really want is at home or work (takes too much work to get laptop online).
- Develop a standard for filing/organizing source code, packages, documents, applications, notes, music, photos etc. With this I'm hoping:
- Familiar tree navigation on any machine
- Backup or move all files with assurance nothing is left behind
- Cross-machine comparisons easier
I'm sure as I continue this the list will grow or shrink. The one con:
- carrying laptop everywhere - the primary reason I'm anxiously awaiting the 12" PowerBook
Posted by mike at March 4, 2003 5:19 PM