One of things, I always said to myself as an employee, was that if I was ever the boss, everyone I employed would have top of the range equipment – and not have to struggle by on old machines and archaic software.
However, when I became the boss, it became really hard to justify the expense of a new machine to myself. But after recently moving into a new office and saying to myself for the past 6 months that my current machine wasn’t quick enough, I actually bit the bullet and bought myself a new 27 inch iMac – not quite the top spec model but pretty close.
Now, I can open a gigantic Photoshop file and not have my machine crawl. I can also boot up Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion to test in Internet Explorer and still be able to run other programs. Denying myself the best tools to do the best job was a mistake – okay it was a mistake and had I been the employee I’d have been very annoyed at my boss for making me work a out-of-date machine for so long.
The business case for a desktop machine
One of the reasons I held off getting the new machine was because I wasn’t sure if getting a desktop based machine was the right move. After all, my work used to be primarily on site hence the need for a laptop but gradually over the last 12 months I have done less and less onsite work and when I thought about it, it seemed silly to be using a less powerful machine (i.e. the macbook) for my day to day work just in case I got an onsite job one day in the future.