I have two computers on my desk at the office. One is the generic HP my company provides and the other is my MacBook Pro.
I’ve be a two computer guy for a more than a year and haven’t really thought twice about it. The other day though I was talking to John Cass in Las Vegas and he suggested that I explain the logic behind this.
The main reason is that I want to separate my personal life from my professional life (notice I didn’t say my professional life from my personal life). I want to be able to listen to MY music, chat with MY friends, send and receive MY emails, post to MY blogs, upload MY photos to MY Flickr account, etc.
I don’t expect my company (Weber Shandwick) to support me in these activities. I also don’t want to clog up my work computer with fragments of my personal life. I don’t want to have the applications I use for my online life to be defined or constrained or managed or questioned or uninstalled.
That said, I’m more than happy to put the shoe on the other foot and to use my personal system for work. My logic is that my work is part of my life but that my life isn’t a part of my work. Also, when I travel, I want to be able to bring my digital life along for the ride rather than leaving it at home and making do only with its more portable elements.
Some people have questioned whether it’s appropriate for me to be blogging, posting, chatting, listening, emailing, etc. while I am at work. Of course it is! I think about work, write for work, talk on the phone for work, email for work all the time – at the office, at home, on weekends and evenings and on vacations – so it only seems reasonable that I can bring my personal life into my workplace.
Technology is conspiring to break down the barriers between the personal life and the professional life. Being a two computer guy lets me preserve, protect and enjoy my personal life. And that’s important to me. I encourage everyone to give it a try. If you have questions or need any help, let me know.
[tags]computer, personal life, professional life, HP, MacBook Pro, separation of home and office[/tags]