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Your AdSense Empire: Which computer do you use?
How do you run your business?

 1:44 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I recently acquired a netbook and I'm loving it. Since this is the start of a weekend, a cold one for many of us in the U.S., I thought I'd stir a little conversation and ask what type of computer you primarily use to manage your empire?

PC or Mac?

Desktop, laptop, netbook, other?




 1:50 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

PC or Mac?


Desktop, laptop, netbook, other?

All of those.


 2:14 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

PC - Full size Tower. XP Pro.
Hate laptops.


 2:19 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Laptop. Small enough, 14 inch screen, to travel easily with. I use an external 20 inch monitor when I'm at home.

I keep everything backed up on at least one external hard drive that I take with me and on another I leave at home.


 2:36 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Laptop when away from the office, desktop in the office - an IBM compatible...


 3:03 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

A laptop (13", but a mean little beasty) and a PC (dual screen). Both on the greatly enjoyable win-7.

Also, you'd be surprised how useful an iPhone can be when you're away, yet in desperate need of your stat-fix.


 3:14 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

PC - Desktop


 3:32 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

At home a screaming quad core vista box with 2 x 24" monitors and on the road a Sprint HTC Hero phone to manage it complete with SSH/FTP/remote account management, AdSense stats checker and more!

Laptop with Sprint broadband for extended travels.

As a matter of fact, I keep complete zips of my websites in my Android phone's SD card and on my keychain USB flash drive just in case of serious disaster


 3:41 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

ZX Spectrum and Commodore PET. ;)


 4:13 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

As a matter of fact, I keep complete zips of my websites in my Android phone's SD card and on my keychain USB flash drive just in case of serious disaster

Not a bad idea; I have most of them on flash drive already, but didn't occur to me to put them in my BlackBerry. I certainly have enough memory.


 5:08 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

At home, I use a full size desk top with a 24" monitor.

At my brick and mortar shop, I have a laptop. Both with Vista.


 5:12 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

At the office, a quad-core box running the latest Ubuntu into two 24-inch monitors. Also a cursed XP machine solely to run the rotten, no-good Quickbooks. On the road, a dual-core Asus laptop also running Ubuntu 9.10. I carry a Verizon MiFi card with me on the road ... just in case.


 6:16 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

LAPTOP with a broken keyboard, wireless keyboard sitting on top.


 6:58 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I hate desktop computers. They are not mobile.
They gibe the feeling to be like a prisoner chained to a big iron ball

Only notebooks since 1993

Just right now, a Thinkpad Lenovo R61 with 1400x1050 display.


 9:32 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Home: Dell XPS720, quad core, Vista Ultimate/XP Pro (dual boot), 2 Terabytes storage in 3 drives (1TB drive, 500g drive, 500g external drive), 22 inch monitor. No room for a second monitor on my desk until I can find a new place for my printer.

Travel: Dell Studio 1555, dual core, Windows 7 (64 bit), 15 inch monitor. Unfortunately my usual travel destination only has dial-up available so I have to use a USB external modem (Mom-in-law's place).

I like the idea of using a flash drive, will have to give that a try.


 9:43 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Desktop PC with Vista. Laptop with Windows XP.


 10:17 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Dell Inspiron Laptop, a backup Compaq laptop of dubious capabilities plus a stand alone backup box. Very basic stuff.

Just in case Santa is listening I need a second stand alone backup box which I can keep away from home.


 1:16 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)


When I really want to be mobile: iphone, but I'm not addicted to adsense reports, so I'm very unlikely to check them there.

Been using that setup since 2004 (not the same machine anymore).


 1:28 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Office: 2 x PC with 22" monitors with system builder Vista basic - excellent OS
Lounge & bedroom!: 1 x 17" laptop with XP home
Travel: 1 x 10" netbook with XP home

The netbook is almost a clone of my office machines and is so fast and usable it's amazing and I use it more than the 17" lap top.

Used to have 7" netbook with linux - too small and useless, for me.

No need for a fancy phone with a netbook, IMHO:-)


 1:52 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Work computer is a custom built PC desktop. It's got enough horsepower to take off and fly if I ever get around to gluing some wings on it. The beefed up processor and extra RAM are actually requirements for me because my attention span is severely limited and I've usually got 4 or 5 things going on at the same time, jumping back and forth. I like to leave programs open so I'll know where I'm at when I get around to getting back to them.

I have a laptop for when I'm out of the office. I've worked on numerous local business websites and the laptop was primarily so I could show clients work in progress at their office. It's a Toshiba POC (Piece of Crap) and doubles as file storage for backups. It replaced the other Toshiba POC that was thrown off a second story motel balcony one really wierd night. These days I don't use it much except to check email when I'm away from my spare bedroom/office/music room/bar for any length of time. Everybody keeps telling me I can do this on my phone but I've never gotten comfortable with the size of the screen on that damn thing and I hope I never do.

Santa's bringing me a 1TB external HD for Christmas and I can hardly wait! I'm the worlds worst at deleting useless files and now I'll finally have enough room to save everything...

Good thread. It's interesting to see what other people have. Kinda makes me feel inadequate but I'm used to that by now... ;)


 4:34 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Fairly modest equipment: Desktop PC, XP Pro - Pentium 4 until now a Core 2 Duo. I still don't like the netbooks or laptops for their keyboards and not so convincing battery life.


 4:46 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm running an old Dell Inspiron laptop (1.4GHz ish), but plug it into a nice big screen with separate mouse and keyboard when I'm at home so it operates much like a slow desktop with not enough disc space. I don't travel much, but my office is also the spare room and guests can't always be relied upon to get up promptly in the morning. Laptop is handy.

Upgraded to the screen and executive chair last year when I had a back problem. They completely sorted it. Laptops seem to encourage me to lean over them.


 5:20 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

The netbook is almost a clone of my office machines and is so fast and usable it's amazing and I use it more than the 17" lap top.

I'm with you on the netbook. A month and a half ago I had a desktop PC and a laptop. I thought the laptop was wonderful because I could take it with me to work on the go.

Then I purchased the netbook and it changed everything. Now my desktop AND my laptop seem like big old clunky dinosaurs.

My productivity has increased since this purchase. It's so portable and light and as you mentioned - fast.

Not bad for $29.



 5:49 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

A fairly modest laptop: a Lenovo 3000 N200

Running Mandriva 2010 KDE.

I was using a lightweight desktop (XFCE) until recently, but KDE has a lot of nice little things (like being able to a remote server in the file manager and then open a file on it with one click) that XFCE is missing.

I also now like having desktop effects: they are actually functional as it makes things like switching windows slightly faster and more comfortable, while things like drop-shadows, dimming and translucent windows help you focus on the right bit of the screen.

I am quite likely to buyy a netbook next time.


 5:51 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have three machines:

1. IBM Thinkpad (15.4 inch) running Ubuntu Linux.
2. Asus Netbook (10 inch) running Ubuntu Remix (Linux) for when I travel.
3. iPhone - Manage my sites via web-based tools, SSH to my servers, etc when in a bind.

Plus a 22 inch HP monitor, and ergo keyboard and a kneeling chair (helps with posture and bad backs).

Since my webservers are all Linux, it makes the most sense for me to run Linux on my work laptops. I can seamlessly connect and manage the servers by mounting directly to them.

Since I migrated to Linux my productivity has skyrocketed. =)


 6:40 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well my netbook is actually wrapped and sitting under the Christmas tree; I don't get to touch it for another two weeks. But I'm hoping to have a similar experience.


 9:55 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

A fleet of Lenovo R61 laptops (main and secondary in one country, same again in a second country), and an ASUS netbook for travel. All running Ubuntu Linux.

Like maximillianos, my servers run Ubuntu as well so it's much simpler and more productive to be running the same on all machines.


 10:17 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

A PC Desktop, much like the family axe, five replacement power supplies, three motherboards, two CPU's etc. etc. Same case from 10+ years back. Same seven year old Monitor.

Still running Win98SE, IE6 and FF2

Does me and, I see absolutely no benefit in upgrading. Addicts of "all new, all singing, all dancing" gizmo's can't mount one cogent argument in my circumstances.

Page load times of 24 ms instead of my 140 ms aren't an argument.


 10:46 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I used a laptop in the last 9 years. About a month ago changed it to a desktop PC and decided to keep all sensitive details (emails, docs, etc.) on the desktop. Why? When I travel the laptop can be stolen and I am afraid losing the data on it and I do not want my data to get in a thief's hands... So, if I travel, I still bring my laptop with me but connect to my desktop via Remote Desktop. This way, if I break the laptop or it gets stolen, I only lose the laptop not the data. The only problem with this approach is that Remote Desktop can be slow sometimes.
How do you guys synchronize the data between your laptop and desktop?


 10:48 pm on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Work - PC / Vista / 2x24inch
Home - PC / XP / 30 inch
Home/Travel - Apple MacBook
Wife - Apple MacBook Pro
Daughter - Apple MacBook & 24inch iMac
Employees (12) - PC / XP & Vista
Servers (3) - PC / 1U / Win 2008 Servers
Other - iPhone, 17inch Dell laptop running XP

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