Developer on the go

by Peter Tyrrell Thursday, September 20, 2007 9:49 AM

Not so much about attaching wheels to a developer, although that would be really cool, and would, I'm sure, lead to more rapid development as well as head-to-head racing and eventually tractor pulls. No, this is me and the requirement to work away from my office at a moment's notice.

I may have to pull up stakes and run off at any moment, not because my office is highly flammable, or a contended military zone, but because I now share it with a newborn infant, who is more damaging to productivity than an inferno, and more interruptive than a civil war. Sometimes I'm able to work with the little bundle of fiery conflict wrapped slumbering on my chest, but long before she came along I laid careful plans for a backup and mobile office. Here it is.

Operation Desert Skedaddle

1. Laptop

Dell Inspiron 9400 "desktop replacement" laptop, Core 2 Duo, 2Gb RAM. Kind of ugly and clunky looking, which is oh so Dell, but it does the job. Of course, *now* they're offering pretty case colours. Now. I would have gone for espresso brown, but I'm stuck with yawn-inducing silver.

An external USB Lacie 160GB drive, for virtual machines and a gigantic iTunes library.

2. File Synchronization

GoodSync to sync files between desktop and laptop, by the makers of Roboform password keeper software, which I also can't live without, and it gets synced along with everything else.

3. VPN

Hamachi VPN to stay connected to my home network. Dead easy to configure. I can sync over the VPN if I'm really desperate, and the VPN aids remote desktop in that I don't have to configure a remote desktop port on the home router for each computer on the network.

4. Office space

I got a used Linksys WRT54G wireless router on eBay and flashed it with DD-WRT open source Linux-based router firmware. DD-WRT offers many advanced features not found in the original Linksys firmware. It wasn't strictly necessary, but it *was* very satisfying. I installed it at my parents' house and beefed up their internet plan to 10 Mpbs down, 1 Mbps up. They get pretty decent wireless, and I get a backup office.

Are you mobile? How does it work for you?

 

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Hello Calem!

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, September 18, 2007 1:06 PM

Ted Jardine has a son! The Andornot family is blessed. Nice work, Jardines.

Calem Nathanael Jardine was born September 7, 2007 8:50pm - 9 lbs. 8 oz.

(Ted and Peter did not plan to have babies within a week of each other - it's all just happy coincidence. I swear!)

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Hello Evvy!

by Ted Jardine Thursday, September 06, 2007 2:00 PM

Welcome to the newest Peaeater and congratulations to Peter and Rachelle! Woohoo!


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Yes, we like Vancouver too....

by Ted Jardine Thursday, September 06, 2007 9:06 AM

Joel Spolsky just finished his Vancouver stop of the FogBugz World Tour (which I would have liked to have gone to, but with #3 imminent...) and he has some nice things to say about Vancouver:

Vancouver is, without a doubt, one of North America's most beautiful cities. Sparkling, clean, everything works well, nothing can possibly go wrong, people are friendly, and with the new weakened US dollar it's really quite a prosperous place to live. Brett and I had dinner at Joe Fortes, where you get a choice of 4 different local species of salmon, maybe 20 other kinds of fresh fish, or about 10 different type of oysters, and there's a beautiful rooftop deck where you can enjoy the usually pleasant Vancouver weather.

I guess there are reasons for needing half a million to get a house even in the 'burbs.

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