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Why Two Devices

June 27, 2011

I used to travel with two laptops, one as a backup, however lately I’ve switched to taking the iPad and a laptop. The iPad doesn’t double as a backup, but it does let me do things like take notes at events or conferences with an extremely long battery life. My laptop only gets 2-2.5 hours, and when you’re on the go for 10 hours, you need something else. I also use the iPad for demos of SQL Monitor, from Red Gate, using http://monitor.red-gate.com/ 

However I’ve been tempted to get a real second machine, something that is truly a backup. I read Brent Ozar’s post on his MacBook Air, and it’s really tempting to get one of those, especially as I use VMware, which works agree both Mac and PCs.

Seth Godin as another interesting argument for a second machine. Use one for pleasure, or distractions, and one for work. That’s not bad, but I kind of do that with my phone. I read on it and listen to music, as a break from the laptop (or sometimes in conjunction with it).

I’m a practical guy, and don’t want to get (too many) gadgets for fun, especially laptops. I went through that last year, going from a Win 7 tablet to the iPad, which was a good move for me. At least my daughter thinks so.

For now I think I’ll stick with just the iPad and my Lenovo. However when I look for a new laptop, I have to say that the MBP will be high on my list, just to try something new.

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2 Comments
  1. They say once you go Mac you never go back…

    or something like that…

    Anyway, I made the switch from my tried and true IBM ThinkPad in 2006 to a MacBook Pro that I still use as my primary computer to this day. I could travel with nearly any device I want, but I take my MBP and my smartphone. Best travel combo.

    Now, a NEW MBP would also be nice… :)

    • You are one of the people making me consider the MBP. I think I will give it a go on my next hardware refresh

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