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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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87. Computer Choices and Conundrums

When you telecommute, your computer is typically a tool that's vital to your ability to accomplish work. Unless your employer provides a standard-issue machine with supporting hardware (this can certainly simplify your life!), you'll need to determine the best equipment for your individual situation. Once again, begin with determining your needs:

  • What are the primary purposes for your computer?

  • What software applications will you require?

  • Therefore, what will you require in terms of speed, memory, and storage capacity? (Never underestimate here; buying more capacity initially is usually the best course of action.)

  • Which operating system is most appropriate (or required) to communicate with co-workers?

  • What demands ...

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