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best office/home office setup - the telecommuter

Laptops are the way to go.  We don't even deploy desktops at my company. 
  Makes it easy for people to work from home ;)  Using screen, sshfs, 
etc means you're going to have to have a computer at your other 
locations if you have a desktop.

Ryan Pugatch
Systems Administrator, TripAdvisor

Greg Rundlett (freephile) wrote:
> Moving to a new employment position, I'm once again faced with
> purchasing some computer equipment.  I'm wondering what hardware,
> software and combination people like the best for working seamlessly
> in the office AND home office environment.  I'm not really a traveller
> - so I don't have to do the 'road warrior' thing.  However, I do want
> to be able to work in multiple locations.
> I was going to buy a notebook (Lenovo T500 ~ $1200) with docking
> station ($200) plus keyboard and monitor ($400), but I'm wondering
> what other people think.
> Does anyone just use a desktop, with screen plus sshfs?
> Does anyone just use an external USB drive + using synchronization software?
> Does anyone just use a service like Dropbox?
> Obviously without the notebook to move around, you have to maintain
> applications and even the OS on multiple hardware.  I think the
> notebook gives the best flexibility + power + least effort, but I'm
> just wondering what other people's experience is.

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