I have both a full size tower on my work desktop and a work-provided laptop. I wouldn't have it any other way.
First, I never need to store anything important on my laptop because I RDC into my desktop. No data encryption worries that way especially since we use CISCO to make the connections.
The other thing is a huge hidden benefit. I will frequently start a large job on my desktop just before I go home and check on it when I get home. Try that with just a laptop sometime. You break the connection to take the laptop home and, sometimes, that really makes a mess especially if it's a long running query in SSMS.
There's also the handy bit of the fact that I don't actually have to lug my laptop to and from work every day. I don't have to unplug and roll up any cables, remember to bring the wireless mouse (I think TouchPads were invented by the Devil himself :sick
, Hibernate the laptop so it doesn't burn up in its travel case, worry about leaving it somewhere, etc, etc.
It's also really
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to have a laptop in meetings. I'm a touch typist and I can type at a fairly good speed on one subject while looking at you and having a conversation on a totally different subject. People used to try to use me as a secretary to "keep the minutes" of the meeting and clean them up and email them to everyone. It also made the meetings longer because that also meant I had to sit there through everyone elses pile o' gab. There's nothing worse than sitting through a 2 hour meeting on a 10 minute subject because people can't stick to the subject. Since I stopped taking my laptop, they figure it isn't right for me to waste 2 hours of time so they get right to the point and let me go.
It's a wonderful thing. :-D
As a bit of a side bar, I wish everyone would come to the meeting WITHOUT a laptop. I hate it when someone takes 20 minutes to explain and import point to everyone and one or more key players weren't listening because they were too busy "being productive" and either shorter, poorer explanation is offered or they spend 20 mintues repeating.
When you go to a meeting, pay attention! If it doesn't apply to you, leave the meeting. If you're the person who scheduled the meeting, don't invite folks to have them there just in case. What the hell is IM and Email for anyway???!!!! Only invite people that are actually going to contribute to the meeting and, for crying out loud, have an agenda and learn to control a meeting!
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