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  • Taking your work with you...

    Hey all

    I am just wondering how other developers work remotely. I have Alpha on my laptop and take it with me and work where I can. My laptop is due for replacement and I am thinking a desktop for my office and a Surface Tablet to take home, on the boat, and travelling. I want to be able to work on my applications remotely on the Surface. I can establish a VPN connection back to the office or I can also do a remote desktop connection. Is this the way to go or should I host my development files on some sort of cloud server (Onedrive, Dropbox, etc).

    I will be away for most of April and would like to keep working on my Alpha skills between visiting relative in England and sipping wine in France... ok maybe not the second part.

    What works for you?

  • #2
    Re: Taking your work with you...

    sipping wine in France...

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


    • #3
      Re: Taking your work with you...

      I use Dropbox a lot but given the hassle of internet connections maybe a memory stick ??
      Hope you enjoy your visit to our country (it's never been cheaper !!)
      Bob Whitaker


      • #4
        Re: Taking your work with you...

        i use 'logmein' and 'team viewer' for remote connections. they both are good but team viewer i use is free version. logmein version i had was pro which i discontinued this year cost me $250.00 per year. that is the reason to drop not because it is not good. team viewer is on many computers but logmein was limited to two computers. if you are using remote connections any instrument should be okay but they are all dependent on internet connections so surface pro does not come into play. but if you want to install alphafive in the surface pro, please check some postings on this message board. there were some i don't remember off hand the conclusion. same goes if you want to use usb drive.
        thanks for reading


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        • #5
          Re: Taking your work with you...

          Originally posted by Bob Whitaker View Post
          I use Dropbox a lot but given the hassle of internet connections maybe a memory stick ??
          Hope you enjoy your visit to our country (it's never been cheaper !!)
          Looking forward to the visit - actually my wife was born in Sutton-Coldfield, will be my first trip there. Thanks for the response.


          • #6
            Re: Taking your work with you...

            Just got back from TN for a week, I placed all my tools on a not very old laptop and never missed a beat with work. Took care of a number of websit5e issues and continued all my desktop work while I was there.
            It is all in how you do it.
            Dave Mason
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            Skype is dave.mason46


            • #7
              Re: Taking your work with you...

              I usually always have everything on my laptop, projects and files are backed up in dropbox.
              At the office I have a docking station with a big screen and wireless mouse and keyboard.
              On the road I work directly on the laptop..
              Recently I got a surface book, I think surface pro and surface book are quite similar.
              it's very nice quite performant, very portable, looks very good. but beware of the screen resolution.
              It's 3000x2000 but there a scaling of 200% that you can adjust. not all applications respond well to font scaling.
              Alpha does work well but sometime you just feel the fonts don't look so good.
              there is an option to lower the resolution so you don't have to use font scaling but then I noticed the screen brightness acting weird..
              Also working on a 13.5 inch screen is not funny for my eyes...:)

              Enjoy your vacation


              • #8
                Re: Taking your work with you...

                I use TeamViewer as well - it's essentially like being there. At home here I have two screens and teamviewer works great allowing me to switch up. Interestingly enough, here at home I use remote desktop to log into my Hosting Machine at zebrahost (which I am sure is some form of a virtual OS in a folder on that machine) so when I am out of town (heres where it gets wierd, lol)
                I use my Ipads Hotspot (verizon) on my laptop to log into my home PC via teamviewer to log into my remote desktop at Zebrahost...and thats on screen two - screen one I keep Alpha, my web design program and photoshop running most of the time. Sometimes I turn on my webcam and just have a look at the office but I have learned the hard way that sometimes you just don't want to know whats going on.

                So summing it up - Why worry about duplicating dev files when you can EASILY log into your home PC and work as though you were right there? Team Viewer!
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                • #9
                  Re: Taking your work with you...

                  I'll be the rebel here.
                  I am a Mac user. I use my MacBook Pro for everything and don't have any dedicated windows computers. It does everything I need, is easier to use and I installed a windows shell for the Alpha stuff. So now I have the best of both worlds. I was initially worried about the Windows shell on a Mac and how it work, especially with Alpha. Surprisingly Windows runs better on my Mac that any windows laptop or desktop I ever had. The Mac has a VPN app that will connect to any windows machine (like my customer's windows server) and works flawlessly. No issues with resolution or sizing the window. The MacBook is light and easy to take anyplace I go. When I'm at my desk I just plug in the big screen monitor and away we go.

                  My concerns on running Alpha in the windows shell was also quickly put aside when I went to the Alpha DevCon 2 years ago and noticed that many of the Alpha employees use a Mac too.

                  So there's my plug for a MacBook. I'm a recovering Windows person, made the switch and now I wonder why I didn't switch earlier.

                  Mike Reed
                  Phoenix, AZ