ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Why I have finally turned my back on the PC

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Well it has finally happened.  I have turned my back on the PC and surprisingly it doesn’t feel strange at all.

I have been getting more and more mobile over the last year and I had noticed that I was doing some work on the PC, some on the Mac and some on my tablets (Android and to a lesser extent my Blackberry Playbook).  I store all my files on Dropbox so I can access them from anywhere and the only thing that was really keeping me using the PC was the dual monitor setup.

I thought it was time that I centralised my work and the equipment that I do it on. This coupled with realising that I could purchase a mini DVI to DVI connector and setup up extended monitors on my MacBook was the final nail in the coffin for the PC.  I can do everything on my MacBook that I could on the PC with the added benefit I can take it “on the road”.

Not everyone will go down this route. If you sit behind a desk all day then a PC is the best system for the job – fact. If however you are becoming more mobile like me then there are better options.  You can use a laptop or tablet and which you choose will depend on what work you do and what applications you use.

And the PC? It has now become a Linux server with my virtual machines on it (Windows and Linux based systems). These can be accessed from anywhere using Teamviewer.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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2 thoughts on “Why I have finally turned my back on the PC

  1. Ditto, but (as you are using) I couldn’t live without virtual machines. There’s still stuff I need once a week, or less that is only available for the PC. Works on Linux under Wine, but just so much easier with a virtual PC.

    The only trouble comes at work (using Windows 7) where I keep doing the Linux action on a Windows box and saying “d’oh!”

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