I love to virtualise my work pc. Although that required to run on top of a virtualisation software, it may not run that fast. However, it is easy to be manage. I just need to write a copy file script to copy the VM files from the host to the backup! If we have some hardware problems on the physical host, I need to move the VM files to other host. The maximum download time will be around 2 to 3 hours. That is quite cool!
Nowadays, the most of laptops have HDMI which is a type of connector most of TV have. But that is not very fun to have cables laying on the floor. I prefer to do it wireless. You can use apple tv or android tv box. They can use do screen mirroring wireless. But they are normally priced over $99. I like to ChromeCast which is only $49. Then I can project my android phone and my computer with chrome browser. Please don't misunderstand that is only casting my browser screen, I can cast my whole computer screen to tv! That is easy and just $49.
I am considering to get a Developer PC for myself. I did some traveling from time to time. Mainly, they are traveling my home in Brisbane to my home in Hong Kong. That is no troubles to get the keyboard and monitor, even I can get a think client. Thus, I am thinking to get a INTEL NUC which is not big and not heavy at all. That is similar form factor of mac mini, which is easy to carry around. Moreover, that is much cheaper than a laptop.
I got a supplier can do that for me too, It can get Core i7 and 16 GB with 240GB SSD in a reasonable price.
But that is not a normal way, the most of people will get a laptop. Am I too crazy?
After the WWDC last week, watchOS has announced, there is a watchKit for developers. We can build apps on running appleWatch. Moreover, there is AndroidWear in the market for some time, On 2007, Apple released iPhone. It opens a market for independent developers to build apps running on phones. That was a game changer! The most of people have access to software applications in anywhere. Now, that is the second level, this is a wearable smart device. The users can have easier access to software applications. That will be another big changes
I bought stream 13 in Hong Kong for only HKD$2100. Well, that is not good enough to be a develop box. However, that is very lightweight(around 1.5kg), long battery life and inexpensive. That is very suitable to carry around. Although that is not very powerful, it is still good enough to remote desktop to my pc at our office for work and a server in a data center. I used it to do a few times for restarting servers. It already saved me a number of times to drive back to home. The fuel and time has already paid the cost to buy this laptop!