I have the luxury of 2 laptops one for infrastructure demos and one for the day to day stuff most of us need to do. I have added luxury on top of that becuase my day to day machine is a multi-touch tablet (Dell XT2). Before I get the iPad comparison comments at the end of this post about multi touch screens, I would agree the iPad wins hands down on feel and precision.
However I can use the optional stylus for real precision, plus I need to run random stuff on my laptop like Adobe Photoshop to edit my sketches for print & online use..
and Microsoft Expression encoder / Live Movie Maker for videos on top of all the usual office applications any IT professional needs to use.
I also need some of the other hardware that this tablet has:
- A keyboard for entering lots of text (like this post).
- An SD Card reader to pull in pictures (like the one above)
- USB ports to connect my MP3 player, memory sticks, and a webcam (which should have been built in IMO)
- a SmartCard reader until we fully transition away from using them for authentication
- a trusted protection module (TPM) to encrypt the data that’s on here.
Sure it is heavier, more expensive and has less battery life than the cool gadget of the moment, but I only need one device and one mains adapter to be able to do most of my work and keep up to date with the world.