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Company laptop [Jul. 18th, 2012|02:46 pm]
My new job has supplied me with a company laptop. They would prefer that I do my work on it, with OSX as the primary OS and other OSes as virtual machines. For a normal 9-5 job, that wouldn't be a big deal. However, my job involves working remotely, traveling, working on-call, etc. This means that if I maintain a personal laptop and a work laptop, I'll have to keep both of them with me rather often, and that's not particularly compatible with my transit / bike lifestyle, among many other reasons I wouldn't want to maintain software / documents / accounts / etc on two separate machines (on top of the desktop and phone I already have).

Most of my coworkers have abandoned their private laptops and just use their work laptop for everything. The alternative for me is to use my private laptop for almost everything, and keep my work laptop sitting on my desk at work for the few times it matters. I'm going to list here all the reasons I can think of for each decision, and spend a little while thinking about it. I'd welcome any feedback.

Reasons to choose my personal laptop:
250GB larger hard drive
Brighter screen
Less reflective screen
Slightly larger screen
Trackpad with buttons, including a right one
Full keyboard
Better and more familiar software management tools in Linux
Leaves work laptop at work, where it can do unattended things on a fast network
More open source software availability
Better options to integrate third party services
More configurable GUI
Keyboard shortcuts I'm already used to
Won't have to set up personal stuff on work laptop
Won't have to migrate things from work laptop to personal laptop when job ends

Reasons to choose my work laptop:
Less liability if it is stolen or broken
Can sell/gift personal laptop
More support from office IT
Faster CPU (i7 2.2GHz instead of i3 2.3GHz)
Better GPU
~20% longer battery life
Netflix player support in OSX
Better [free-to-me] virtualization software
Easier printer and wifi configuration
More commercial software availability
More polished GUI
Won't have to set up work stuff on personal laptop

Some of these considerations are more important than others, but they all have some degree of weight in my decision making process. Are there any relevant concerns that I have overlooked here? Is there any non-obvious reason that I should give something on this list more thought or weight than I may have already?

[User Picture]From: vvalkyri
2012-07-18 07:38 pm (UTC)
Ordinarily one would not want to visit outré sites on a work laptop, though FB and LJ probably end up okay. also whatever you might want to edit pictures on.
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[User Picture]From: sparr0
2012-07-18 08:10 pm (UTC)
That's not a concern for me
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[User Picture]From: cynara_linnaea
2012-07-19 05:01 pm (UTC)
Would you feel comfortable conducting online banking, other financial transactions on your work laptop?

If your work laptop is damaged or stolen while you are using it for personal reasons, would that change your liability?
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[User Picture]From: sparr0
2012-07-19 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes. No.
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[User Picture]From: cynara_linnaea
2012-07-19 11:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good deal.
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