Re: ot - laptop for dba

From: Kellyn Pedersen <>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 20:02:39 -0700 (PDT)
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I think I might be the only one who does this and it works well for me, but other techies are kind of surprised when they hear me describe my mobile work solution-   
I like to have access via a laptop at a moments notice, but I don't want to even carry my Sony laptop at 5lbs. My solution is a netbook.  I currently have two-  One stays in my travel trailer for weekends where I need to get away, but am still on call, (Wi-fil campgrounds, what a world we live in...LOL)  I carry the other one around with me just about everywhere and they are only two pounds with a 10 inch screen, so it's easy to have in a small padded sleeve in any bag.  I log in via wireless connection, (surprising how much wi-fi is available or if in a crunch, I can login in using my blackberry as a modem.)  I remote desktop into either my pc at work or a server so the work machines takes the brunt of the resource requirements.  Netbooks are cheap enough that if anything happened to one of them-  not a big issue.  My Acer has a 1yr warranty and as harsh as I am on keyboards-  I sent it in a month back and had it back in one week with a  brand new keyboard.  It had to be the easiest warranty support transaction I've been through.  I did wipe the machine and load my own OS installs, doubled the memory on both of them, (so I'm on Windows 7 with the bizarre limit on memory for XP, which I do prefer...) and I have quite small hands, so the smaller keyboard isn't an issue for me at all.   When I had to send it in, I just backed up my OS load, etc. re-installed the factory installation, (it fits on a 16GB jump drive!) and then there was no concern of vulnerability...  
I work well this way and I find I'm one of the few professionals that has a solid use for a netbook that doesn't involve simple "web surfing and email"... :)

Kellyn Pedersen
Sr. Database Administrator
I-Behavior Inc.
"Go away before I replace you with a very small and efficient shell script..."

  • On Mon, 5/31/10, Guillermo Alan Bort <> wrote:

From: Guillermo Alan Bort <> Subject: Re: ot - laptop for dba
Cc:, Date: Monday, May 31, 2010, 12:05 PM

Mac is for designers... graphic designers at that. Every other use of Mac is a waste of money.

(this is my opinion and not a flame war igniter).

Anyway, as a multiplatform DBA, I've found windows XP works very good. A good linux, well configured would work as well. I don't like MacOSX and I never will like Apple products, It's the incompatibility of linux with the closedness of windows... the worst of two worlds. Specially for savvy users.


On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 2:10 PM, Andrew Kerber <> wrote:
> I do pretty good on Windows 7, 64 bit, 8G RAM on a Dell XPS laptop.
> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Claudia Zeiler <> wrote:
>> Time for a new laptop.  Shall I switch to a Mac?  I have seen DBA's using
>> Macs, but I wonder, do any have a toy database on the Mac?  How?  There is
>> no Oracle certified for Mac that I know of.
>> Thanks for any tips.
>> -Claudia
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