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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 8:54 AM
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Totally agree with Jeff. Work provided desktop and laptop with VPN/RDP access is the only way I roll (although I will say I have been doing more on my laptop as time goes by, probably because I have created a world for myself in which I can accomplish most tasks remotely these days, in the begining there was more heavy lifting to be done).

But the end of the day "set it and forget it" RonCo Food Dehydrater style is where it's at!

Not having to babysit something into the wee hours of the night/morning on site is BOMBING!!!

Plus you get all the power of a stationary workhorse with all the flexibility of a pro-on-the-go

And all software/hardware on both rigs is paid for/replaced/upgraded by employer (and if they wanna be cheap, let them feel the pain... I will say my employer can tolerate lots of pain it seems though, we're almost always a few years behind current software if not more ).

In any case, I really can not over-sell the awesome here. Make it so...
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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 9:46 AM
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I have both a high-powered laptop with lots of RAM, an SSD and docking station with multiple large monitors and standard keyboard and mouse, and a 10" tablet with a docking station that has gigabit LAN, several USB3 ports, and an HDM port with a very large monitor, and the tablet is more than sufficient for most normal business tasks and great for meetings and travel, while the laptop is powerful enough to do everything I need to do remotely, and it stays on at the office and I RDP from the tablet. I also have a VDI desktop available to me with as much server hardware as I could ever need. Everything connects remotely to everything else with VPN, so my options for being mobile and traveling are pretty much unlimited. The best part is that the tablet was only an extra $1,000 and that includes the docking station and a very nice warranty. So, my employer is paying much less for the laptop and tablet than it would have cost for the desktop and laptop option that used to be the standard. In case you're wondering, the tablet is a Dell Latitude 10. With all that I listed about it already for enterprise features, the best part is actually the swappable battery.

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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 10:07 AM


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paul s-306273 (7/15/2013)
No wider than a golf ball. Why golf ball?

Probably because many people know that golf balls are small. Probably because "marketing" types spend alot of time on the golf course "working".

From Steve's picture, or the one he used, I was going to say it should be "no taller" than a golf ball, but looking at the article I see the picture there has the desktop in a stand on "edge". Is the new "standard" for Desktops to be upright in that fashion? Will this desktop take "standard" desktop cards? (if so I assume the bus slots are also on "edge"). Maybe those days are past. I will admit I have not put a card in a PC for many years.

Perhaps I am hopelessly out of date.


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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 11:17 AM
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I was laptop only from 1999 until 2012. My company put computer replacements on hold in 2007 so they were in the position of having to replace 1000's of machines the last couple of years. As an alternative they started handing out WYSE devices. Now my "desktop" is really connecting to a virtual instance on a terminal server. Upside is that I can now connect to that "desktop" from anywhere using whatever device I can get to (iPhone screen is a bit small for it though). Works pretty well, and it is quite liberating to no longer have to cart a company laptop home each night.
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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 12:12 PM


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chris-945648 (7/15/2013)
Wasn't this problem solved by docking stations?


Kind of... in our company, you're not allowed to leave a laptop in an open area after hours. You HAVE to take it with you or lock it in your desk.


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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 6:32 PM
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RDP is the real tool, laptop is only needed if you need to connect somewhere besides home or work. I finish up work at 5, go home and spend time with my family, and then check on jobs at 9 from home and take care of a few things. Then the next morning it's all right where I left it.
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Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 7:49 PM


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RDP is the real tool, laptop is only needed if you need to connect somewhere besides home or work. I finish up work at 5, go home and spend time with my family, and then check on jobs at 9 from home and take care of a few things. Then the next morning it's all right where I left it.


Ditto that. Makes life really easy.


--Jeff Moden
"RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for "Row-By-Agonizing-Row".

First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column."

(play on words) "Just because you CAN do something in T-SQL, doesn't mean you SHOULDN'T." --22 Aug 2013

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How to post performance problems
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Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6:55 AM


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anon_tyrant (7/15/2013)
RDP is the real tool, laptop is only needed if you need to connect somewhere besides home or work. I finish up work at 5, go home and spend time with my family, and then check on jobs at 9 from home and take care of a few things. Then the next morning it's all right where I left it.

Does anyone here use a RDP client for Andriod or iPhone that they'd reccomend?
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Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:09 PM
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If I cannot do it via RDP or Citrix; than it can wait till I get to the Office. 24/7 is NOT my lifestyle.
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Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013 2:30 AM
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I use 2XClient on iPhone for RDP.
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