Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[2]: Time vs money
by Neolander on Sun 25th Nov 2012 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Time vs money"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

WorknMan,

Depends on your own income and efficiency, does it not?

I can see how someone who's well off would just prefer to pay others. But if it took you a week or two to earn $400 of disposable income, then in theory you might be better off spending a day to do it yourself.

Maybe you'd still prefer to spend more time at work than less time on tasks you don't like. But if your goal was to maximise family time, then you really ought to be factoring in how much time you'll need to use just to earn the money that will pay someone else to do it.

I guess it depends where you will use the $400 product.

Most of the time, when I need some piece of hardware, software of service that costs more than €100, it's for work. I consider that employers should be paying for work tools, and generally I have no issue convincing mine that considering how much I cost him per month, if something that is worth a fraction of that cost can truly make me more productive (which I have to demonstrate), he can pay for that.

Even if you're self-employed, the reasoning still holds: if fixing your stuff costs you more money, in the form of work time, than having someone else fix it for you, then you should probably choose the latter option.


(As an aside, this is also a reason why I am strongly anti-BYOD. In my view, this is just a way for your employer or IT department to have you pay for computer maintenance costs that they benefit from.)

Edited 2012-11-25 08:49 UTC

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RE[3]: Time vs money
by Alfman on Sun 25th Nov 2012 16:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Time vs money"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Neolander,

"I consider that employers should be paying for work tools, and generally I have no issue convincing mine that considering how much I cost him per month, if something that is worth a fraction of that cost can truly make me more productive (which I have to demonstrate), he can pay for that."

Never pay for yourself what you can have someone else pay for instead!

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RE[3]: Time vs money
by WorknMan on Sun 25th Nov 2012 23:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Time vs money"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

(As an aside, this is also a reason why I am strongly anti-BYOD. In my view, this is just a way for your employer or IT department to have you pay for computer maintenance costs that they benefit from.)


IMO, I'd rather do the BYOD thing, if it means I can run whatever software I want, as opposed to having that dictated to me. For example, I hate working in a locked-down corporate environment, where I have to use apps like Windows Explorer, and can't install any 3rd party tools. If it means I have to pay for those tools, I'm good with that, since I'm probably already using them anyway at home.

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RE[4]: Time vs money
by Neolander on Mon 26th Nov 2012 07:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Time vs money"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

IMO, I'd rather do the BYOD thing, if it means I can run whatever software I want, as opposed to having that dictated to me. For example, I hate working in a locked-down corporate environment, where I have to use apps like Windows Explorer, and can't install any 3rd party tools. If it means I have to pay for those tools, I'm good with that, since I'm probably already using them anyway at home.

Yup, annoying sysadmins suck. So far, those which I have met at work have been quite reasonable (either giving us an admin account on our machines, or accepting to install well-known software like Gimp or Firefox on demand), but I have heard horror stories about those who aren't.

I'd argue that even having your own laptop around won't save you from them though, because they have control on much more than just individual machines. Ever worked in one of these places where they block the IMAP and SMTP ports (and their SSL version) for "security reasons" that they won't explain ?

Edited 2012-11-26 08:02 UTC

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