I switched from a Laptop running XP Home and a Desktop running Redhat Linux over to a Powermac G4 Desktop w/ Mac OS X and a Powerbook G4 for development work simply because I saw it as a better environment.
Try using a Windows box for development using open source technologies and you’re just asking for ongoing problems – NFS is kludgly, PHP/MySQL is kludgly, and the list goes on.
I’m glad she’s pregnant – and i’m not the father!. One of my colleague’s on maternity leave, so I am borrowing her notebook for the time being. It seems my notebook is severely plastered. The poor abused machine has bad sectors in every partition, and the hardware is hobbling.
The notebook i am using has XP home edition installed, and it’s simply terrible for development work. It appears that there is something wrong with XP and Samba – file-sharing is very slow. Also the home edition appears to have some subtle limitations: incompatibilities with Oracle and other development software. So i’m installing Windows 2000 server on it. This is going to be good practice for the next PC i’m going to be installing to. On Friday, we are ordering a very nice notebook, P4 2.66 Ghz, 512 Mb RAM, 40 Gb HD, with built-in wireless.
Tomorrow is labour day. It’s been a tough two weeks. Last week, one of our clients had a major hardware crash. Then my notebook died this week. And my house modem got fried in a thunderstorm on Sunday. Fortunately my headaches are not as painful as having a baby. But I need a rest too.
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