I have been thinking a lot lately about the systems I use on a daily basis to carry out my work and if there is a better or more efficient way to do it.
My current setup is as follows. In the office I have a Debian Linux system running Oracle Virtualbox which allows access to my virtual machines which I use for testing different software. In the field I carry a 7 inch Android tablet along with my trusty Asus Eeepc 701 which is used for configuring routers. All my files are stored on Dropbox which allows instant access from anywhere, while for internet access I have either my HTC Desire smartphone or T-Mobile myfi along with my broadband in the office. I would say that most bases are covered.
One small problem though. I find that I am trying to use my Debian system less (basically to use less electric) and am more and more drawn to using something like a Chromebook. A Chromebook along with Dropbox would allow me to be fully mobile and relying less on the main system in the office (tablets are good but do have their limitations).
This is a pattern I am seeing more and more with my clients too. Most have either a laptop or PC and would like to become more mobile. Most are looking towards tablets, Surface Pro hybrids and in some cases Chromebooks along with some kind of online storage for their files. Even the laptop which is a mobile device of sorts (can be a bit heavy and cumbersome) is slowly starting to make way as people want smaller and more mobile gadgets.
I am not saying that you should ditch the laptop and go out and buy a tablet as there are still things which are better accomplished using a laptop (word processing for example) but tablets have their uses, and these uses are becoming more widespread. Take my 7″ Android tablet as an example. I use it for monitoring my clients systems (mobilepcmonitor software), checking emails, social media for work, calendar, editing documents from my Dropbox account and so on. The only reason I am looking at a Chromebook is the screen size and keyboard if I am honest.
Some people can truely use tablets, online storage and smartphones and work from anywhere while others would prefer their trusty laptop to accomplish the same thing. Neither way is right or wrong but one thing is for certain – the mobile revolution is here to stay.
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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling and Falkirk.
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