Due to an unfortunate incident involving an operating system setup procedure and a format operation I lost a great deal of data. Anyway, that’s a story for another day. The end result is that I had to rebuild my main development box and this is what it looks like.
This isn’t one of those “here’s my favorite tools” list. Rather these are the commercial software products that go onto any development computer I prepare.
Here are the basic specs for my computer:
Dell Precision Workstation 380
Intel Pentium D 820
2 GB of RAM
2 x 37 GB hard drives
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285
2 x Dell 1905FP
Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
The Dell 380 is a solid desktop. The Pentium D 820 is a great entry-level (read: affordable) dual-core 64-bit processor. Unfortunately it’s not the 920 which supports Intel VT – oh well (read: Ari you ***). The NVIDIA display adapter is not exactly high-end but I love it. It’s a single card supporting dual monitors with a little splitter cable. And those Dell LCD monitors are awesome.
So here’s what gets installed:
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
Visual Studio 2005
SQL Server 2005
MSDN Library - May 2006 edition
Windows SDK - Vista beta 2 build
Windows Driver Kit - Vista beta 2 build
I haven’t found working drivers for my video card yet so Windows Server Longhorn will have to wait (I run Vista on a test box). Office 2007 also doesn’t work properly on x64 editions of Windows so that too will have to wait. I’ve also finally ditched Outlook. Unlike Word 2007 which has become considerably faster and simpler, Outlook 2007 remains slow and complex.
How about you? What does your dev box look like?
© 2006 Kenny Kerr