That new machine smell

It’s not technically mine, but since I am the head of IT I ordered for myself (and the new guy who starts next week) as sweet of a system as I could manage. And since I am the administrator, I can get away with a lot more personal use than the average employee. Shhh! Don’t tell any of my co-workers. 😉 In all honesty, I’ve always said that the line between personal and business machines becomes very blurred for us techies in small companies; so pardon me if I celebrate like I just bought myself a new laptop.

Oh, you want to know what it is? A Dell, of course. The Latitude D610, to be more precise. I bumped it up to the 2.00GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive (7200RPM!), DVD burner, SXGA+ screen with the high-end Intel video card. It’s also got a lot of little added bonuses like a secondary battery, travel power adapter, and even a cool messenger bag for transport. Oh yeah, this baby is sweet!

The main reason I’m psyched (yes, some of us still use that term) for the new laptop is that I want to centralize more of my communications. I need to keep track of work e-mails at home more easily, as well as connect to admin tools for the network and servers. It’s been a long time since my consulting days with NetTech, I’ve forgotten how much easier it is to keep all of your work on a machine you can carry around.

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