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Thoughts on working on a different computer when your normal one is not available

So currently my Mac Book Pro is in with Clockwork Leeds getting its Hard Drive replaced as it failed/has failed/is failing.

So currently at work, I am sans my normal Development machine and find myself on the Mac Mini server that sits and does our File Server and System Monitoring.

Its quite odd having to get used to a system that for starts is the Server build of Mac OSX as well as having none of my personal preferences.
Its bringing to light how slightly useless some of the things I have setup on my Personal machine are that I thought were useful.

For example, I’m stuck with a single screen, so no dual screen lovely-ness. So I’m very restricted to the screen real estate I have available.
So not having new Terminal Windows opening to fill half the screen like on my mac is quite useful. Whereas before having the secondary screen with two terminal windows full height, half width was the norm, as well as using a little app I’ve forgotten the name of which allows me to press ctrl + ~ to get a window appear from the top, is a bit of a pain, but resolved now with having three default sized terminals and chrome open.

So far its seemed to work just about fine like that.

I also find myself using Spaces/Expose a lot less, I’m doing a lot less jumping between spaces all the time. But I also don’t have the “App only opens in space x” setup so I get a lot less forced jumping.

Finally tho I miss my music collection, so I’ve switched to plugging my headphones into my iPad and listening to Spotify. Tho I could just plug in my external drive thats in the office and have most of my older music on hand….

I’m also on a different desk which is nice.
I’m not by the door and have the window behind me and I’m in the corner.
I quite like it over here. Seems a bit more separated from everyone else. Which is a good thing and a bad thing in its own right.

I love working with the team, *can’t think of right words to express feelings will just skip to post summary*.

Summary

My Mac is in the repair shop getting fixed.
The hard drive was failing and is pending spare parts from Apple.
Clockwork are amazing for Apple Repairs.
I’m in a corner at work
I have no home machine to really play or work on. (I made my home windoze laptop blue screen just by looking at it….)

I watched last nights Torchwood on my iPad using the BBC iPlayer Application and it worked perfectly.

Finally my local dev environment is shafted as that was my Mac Book Pro. Luckily everything is in offsite repo’s and I have a Server in a Server Room down the corridor to talk to 😀

-End-

HAWX and GSoC

Well GSoC 2009 first stage is done, applications are now closed, next point on the timeline is the 20th of April, where we find out if we have been accepted.

 

In other News Work today and Sunday is cancelled since HarderTimez is no longer rocking in the Terrace as well as Stylus. On the up side (sorta) Sage (my bosses Boss) have got us in early on Saturday (well um today), 14 hour shift anyone? (Start 3pm finish 5pm)

 

I purchased Hawx the other day for my Xbox360, enjoyed the demo. However the story might be a little short, finished in 8 hours, straight, on normal. So will up the difficulty and go again.

Flying with assistance off, is rather different, especially when in Expert Control Mode. But I digress.

Playing over LIVE is rather good too! Not tried Co-Op Yet tho.

 

Finally its the final two days of prep for the Nation Student Radio Conference, to be held at University of Leeds, with LSRfm.com, and having been given a certain set of keys, life is a hell of a lot easier.

 

Anywho gonna get on Halo3 Over Live and do some Team Flag, thats this weeks DoubleEXP. Weekend!

 

Woot!