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 ...