Friday, January 30, 2009

I wish my laptop...

I have a MacBook Pro (Late 2008), 17", 4GB Ram. I received it two xmas's ago from my employer. It was s'posed to be my "main machine" that I'd use for everything. The laptop held up to that requirement for a bit, but then...

Then we switched from a LAMP shop to a .Net shop. It's a vast change that affected everything.

Including my needs as the developer/network admin/sql-dba. I knew I could run Visual Studio via Parrallels or VMWare just fine. I had never tried running it 24/7, along with MS SQL admin tools and various other win32/64 apps. I quickly found out 4GB of RAM really wasn't going to cut it.

And that's where this blog entry comes in. I wish laptop could handle 12GB of RAM. On the surface, that seems like an extravagent amount of RAM. However, run a WinXP VM, a Win2k3SVR VM (Sharepoint Devel), then run LAMP on the local machine (because we still use it, and seemingly always will, where it fits to be the "best tool" for the job that we have the authority to make the decision) and then XCode for Cocoa. And what do you have at the end of the day? a 10GB RAM requirement.

That's what I have on my new Mac Pro tower, and it flies. I wish the laptop could have done it, I'd still use it as my one and only machine.

1 comments:

Satri said...

The saddest part of that story to me is that your organization switched away from LAMP...