How do I get the most use out of 4 personal computers?
August 9, 2007 10:10 PM Subscribe
What is the best/most efficient/most useful/coolest way to use 4 personal computers?
posted by bangitliketmac to computers & internet (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have 4 personal computers (3 laptops, 1 desktop; specs will follow below). The good laptop is my primary machine now, but that leaves the other 3 not doing much. What's the best way I can configure this setup to be cool, useful, fun, etc? If it matters, I'm a student for another month, then a full-time software engineer.
I have a reasonable amount of music, and a decent selection of movies/TV shows, so I was thinking to use one for a media PC (MythTV?). I have Comcast digital cable, but no DVR. I also develop with Ruby on Rails a good amount, so maybe it would be useful to use one just as a staging ground and Subversion repository. I've come to realize how nice it is to have maximum screen real estate, so I want to either use two computers at once with Synergy, or use one with two monitors.
As another note, I split internet access with several other people in my house, and so would it make sense to get a wireless router that connects only my computers, and have that router hook up with the main one that the entire house connects to?
Main laptop - 1.6GHz dual core, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD, Windows XP, nice 17in monitor
Desktop - 2.6GHz p4, 1GB RAM, 400GB HD, Windows XP, 17in flatscreen monitor
Laptop 2 - 1.2 GHz p3, 512 RAM, 30GB HD, XP and Ubuntu - I feel fine switching to only XP or only Linux...whatever suits my purposes best. The battery is shot and as such this one only runs when plugged in.
Laptop 3 - 1.1 GHz p3, 512 RAM, 20GB HD Linux. Screen occasionally refuses to work
The desktop also connects to two external USB hard drives, one for music and one for backup (that I don't do very well). These are 30GB and 300GB.
I have an HP psc 1315 printer/scanner that apparently does not function as a network printer (connected to desktop).
How do I combine all this fine hardware into the ultimate computing setup?