Monday Oct 01, 2007

Doing the Remote Work Thang - Redux

Over three years ago, I posted of my home office setup... much change in the interim, and thought it might be interesting to document the differences...

  August 2004
October 2007
 DesktopSun Ultra80 SPARC workstation running Solaris 9 update 6
Shuttle SK83G AMD64 workstation running OpenSolaris NV73
 LaptopToshiba Tecra 9100 running Sun JDS rev 2
Toshiba Tecra M2 running OpenSolaris NV73
 PrinterLexmark Z51 inkjet (via CUPS)
HP DeskJet 6980 wireless inkjet (via CUPS)
 Internet Connection
ADSL @ 380K/165K - $80/mon
Cable broadband @ 10M/300K - $45/mon
 Phone2-line 900 MHz wireless
2-line 2.4 GHz wireless

And what have we learned here?...

  1. Yes, most everything is cheaper and faster
  2. Solaris is completely usable as a day-to-day desktop
  3. Sun has been great at continuing to support my remoteness, including but not limited to subsidizing most of this equipment

Thursday Aug 12, 2004

Doing the remote work thang



I've worked for Sun since 1988... since 1996 I've done it from back here in my hometown of Richland, Michigan... remotely... it's not for everyone, and many jobs do not lend themselves to it... there's more travel than my peers, more 3AM calls, more likelihood of the 'dog eating my homework', letting go of the importance of promotions and 'climbing the ladder'...

And I'd not change it for a thing...

In April 1996, I settled in to my home office with a PowerMac 7100/66, a 128KB/s ISDN line (which turned out costing about $3K/month!) and one phone line. A succession of SPARC-based desktops, X86-based laptops, and connection technologies have come and gone since then. As of August 2004, my setup includes:
  • Toshiba Tecra 9100 laptop, running Java Desktop System 2; external LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse
  • Lexmark Z51 inkjet printer (via CUPS/lx5000)
  • Sun Ultra 80 4-way workstation in storage
  • Derated ADSL service running about 380K/s down, 165K/s up ($80/month)
  • 2-line 900MHz wireless phone
  • Kyocera 5135 cellphone (still drying out after it's third dip in the lake
  • (Future) Homebrew AMD64-based box running Solaris X86
Sun pays for the equipment, the DSL line, the phone line, and whatever cellphone time is used for work; they no longer pay for electricity.

Curious about working from home? Have your own horror stories? Drop me a line!
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