Post by J. Clarke Post by Kevrob Post by Quadibloc Post by Dorothy J Heydt
My PC is eight years old now, his about five.
I had been using a five-year-old PC myself until a year or two ago; about
a year after I built my current system, I finally switched over to it for
daily use (it's always a pain to change systems, one's files and applications
are on the old one) when the hard drive on the old one started filling up.
I still have the old one close to hand for occasional use.
I may need to upgrade soon, if I snag a "work at home" job.
My ISP is going to put fiber-optic cable in my town, so I am
thinking of switching from DSL. I can justify all that if "it's for
work." I recently bought a 1 TB Seagate external drive so I can
backup everything prior to getting a new (or "new to me") machine
up and running. I've already transferred 40GB of media files from
my laptop and from some cloud locations to the external drive.
I have some others on USB sticks. It's nice not to be bumping
up against drive capacity!
FWIW, I found out yesterday that my employer provides 5 terabytes of
OneDrive (I had previously thought it was one terabyte). Of course it
doesn't help if you don't have fast internet. And a "work from home"
job may include the computer--many companies want their employees to
have machines that the company controls.
We had remote CSRs at my old job who used company equipment.
When a bad winter storm was predicted we'd distribute company
laptops to employees who were willing to temporarily work from home,
also. That would have kept the department running during the pandemic,
had the location in our state not been shut down at the end of 2019.
I was never eligible to work from home, because I had permissions
on some accounts that the company wouldn't allow to be used remotely.
There had to be a supervisor onsite to execute those functions the home
reps couldn't access, which meant me, or, theoretically, my supv - if he
could even remember how to do it!
I've seen some WFH job listings where hardware requirements were
listed, and others where it was explicitly stated that equipment would
be provided. I think I'd be more comfortable working on the company's
laptop and keeping my own data on my own machine.