After going through an insane integration project with Cognos that required we run an enterprise reporting server on our local development machines, we decided that they just weren’t sufficient anymore. They were nice machines, Dual core 3ghz, 2gig ram, never had any issues with disk space, not much to complain about. Thankfully, we got some real hard core geeks working here, and when it came to choosing hardware they knew exactly what the most advanced equipment was going to be.
So here, is what I ended up with.
- Quad Core Intel Extreme Q6850 @ 3.00GHz
- 8 GB of Ram
- 64 bit XP
- Some kind of RAID array (RAID is not my bag baby) with two hard drive partitions with a size of 51GB and 400GB
- Factory Overclock (Apparently, though it seems the core’s are still only running at 3GHZ)
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 570 (I heard IT stole our awesome video cards and kept them for themselves, we ended up with some decent business video cards)
Here are some of the tidbits I already had and absolutely loved
- Dual Dell 2000FP LCD Monitors
- Logitech MX Revolution Mouse
- SteelPad’s 5L Steel mousepad (super sweet)
The benefits of good hardware are really understated. The cost of hardware is pretty minor, and is a great reward as 200 dollars of equipment is much more fun and rewarding then a minor blip of the paycheck. The performance is great, sure, but what really excites me is that I less stressed at my job, enjoy doing it more, and there is one less road block in my way to creating the most awesome product ever.
I haven’t been able to justify it to myself yet, but I still think there’s a real benefit in companies providing laptops to their developers as well. I know I want one so I can go work at a Starbucks or something and do some computer work, but from works perspective I’m just as likely to play FreeCell while drinking my Green Tea Latte.No comments