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My 2012 computer setup
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My 2012 computer setup

This is an old post and doesn't necessarily reflect my current thinking on a topic, and some links or images may not work. The text is preserved here for posterity.

(This started as a Google+ post, but since those words are wasted, I decided to blog it instead)

I do all of my work on a laptop, which I recently repaved for the new software Microsoft released last week. I thought it might be interesting to share the configuration.


At the moment I survive on the single LCD monitor plus laptop screen, though when I return to Australia I'll add a second 22" monitor. I've used more expensive keyboards from Logitech in the past but the Microsoft Wired Keyboard has a very nice feel to it when typing.

Here is my WEI rating. The graphics performance is normally much higher, but I'm only using the built-in Windows 8 driver instead of drivers from the graphics vendor because, well, they seem very crashy.

Windows Experience Index


Although I'm using Windows 8, I spend all of my time in the desktop, and haven't installed any Metro Windows 8 style applications from the application store yet.

So far I've managed to avoid installing SQL Server or any older versions of Visual Studio. I think if that time comes I'll set up a virtual machine using VirtualBox.

What does your 2012 hardware/software configuration look like?

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