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Do you need two computers

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on April 1, 2010

Welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast, as many of you know I purchased a new quad core computer recently with Windows 7.  I’m happy to report that the computer is working fine.

There is however a case to be made for having two computers in one’s office and keeping your old computer as the second machine in your office.  If you are a entrepreneur and solopeneur as I am in the computer field I have found since working with Windows 7 that some of the software that I had been using particularly the video production software, and some of my software for providing online training and doing webinars does not work at all or well on Windows 7.

This is in no way a reflection on either the software that I’m trying to use or on Windows 7 because Windows 7 is still relatively new some pieces of software have not completed their testing and software adjustments to work correctly with Windows 7.

Because I have gotten so used to using these particular pieces of software it becomes evident to me that there is a strong case for keeping one’s old computer hooked up to not only as a backup in the interim while year switching your files and your other software over to Windows 7.

But if there are cases where the software you use doesn’t work well in Windows 7 at the moment and your very partial to using that software your only option at this point is to keep your old computer running.   This then brings up the question of how I actually used to computers when I’ve only got one monitor for example and then does this mean that I have to have two keyboards and two mice set up on my desk at which point you screen because you don’t have room on your desk for two of everything.

Luckily there is a way to use your existing monitor your existing keyboard and your existing mouse with a device called a KVM switch which you can get at any computer retailer in your area, their approximately $50-$70 and then you can connect two computers to one monitor one keyboard and one mouse.

So that when you want to use computer A you connect using your KVM switch, when you want to use computer B you simply press a button on the KVM switch and you are now using the other machine this way you can switch back and forth you can get your files from your old machine, you can run whatever software you need either from your old machine or your new machine.

It makes it very nice for testing your programs while you’re in the midst of the changeover from the old computer to a new computer.  It also allows you less non productive downtime because you’ve always got the old machine to continue working from, and another benefit of doing this is should you have a failure on one of your computers you’ve got the other one to immediately go to to work or get the materials you need to do the repair on your system that is not working.

These are a few of the reasons why I am now going to go back to having two computers.

If you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to e-mail me at darrellh@enablingabilities.com or visit my website which is www.enablingabilities.com Thank you very much.

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