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I own and regularly use 4 computers:

  1. A Mac mini, my home office desktop and primary machine;
  2. A Samsung ARM Chromebook, my primary portable (a/k/a couch computer);
  3. A ThinkPad T400, running Ubuntu and serving time as a desktop with a 24″ external monitor at the office; and
  4. An old Dell Inspiron, running Windows 7 for Windows-only software and hardware (it also has Crashplan and a 2TB second hard drive for backing up all the computers in the house).

It just occurred to me that this is probably a large number of computers for one person to use. I just hate carrying around a laptop; I would rather have a computer at each place I work, and one to take with me. So I will probably always have (at least) a desktop in each office, plus one laptop. It’s also why I am such a big fan of file sync services like Dropbox and Google Drive. They are how I make sure I always have access to the same set of files, no matter which computer I am using.

But what about you? Is 1 computer the norm, or are there more of you like me out there?


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  • Modred189

    Desktop: Home built- Intel 2500k @ 4ghz, 8gb ram, 120GB Intel SSD, 4.5 TB assorted other storage, Galaxy GTX 660Ti.
    Laptop 1: Samsung Series 7 15″: Core i7 (quadcore) @ 3.2ghz, 8GB ram, 1TB HDD, Gt 640m.
    Laptop 2: Samsung Ultrabook 13.3″: Core i7 (Dualcore) @2ghz, 4gb ram, 128gb SSD, 1080p
    HTPC: Q6600, 4gb ram, 4TB storage (movies and music), ATi 6750
    Home Server: AMD quad core , 4gb ram, 4TB storage, Windows Server Essentials 2012, headless

  • Actual quote from Leo:

    “Jordan, is it really necessary to travel with your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and wireless hub?”

    Why yes, yes it is.

    I own a MacBook Pro. Leo has an iMac. Our assistant uses a Toshiba Satellite just so we have one PC in the office.

    • Generally, I allow myself a phone plus a computer. I’m still deciding whether it’s okay to add a tablet occasionally. Seems silly when my phone does all the same stuff, just on a smaller screen. But it’s either that or an e-reader.

      • Modred189

        I keep mine around for reading new stories etc (Google Current, Pulse etc). MUCH better than on the phone.

      • Ideally, I would like to travel with just a phone and a tablet but I’ve never been able to do that.

        I just love my MacBook Pro.

  • 13″ MB Air is primary. I have 1 27″ imac both at home and 1 27″ imac in the office. Office imac is for bookkeeper/secretary and home imac has been commandeered by the kids so almost exclusively on the Air. Also own 1st Generation ipad, which I’ve never found useful for productivity so I ceded that to the kids as well!