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And now for something (sort of) entirely different …

There have been a lot of personal changes going on around here. Andy (b | t) moved to Boston, we got married, and now we have a dog. But we’re about to embark on a new endeavor – one that will truly put our young marriage to the test. Even more strenuous than buying a couch or putting together IKEA furniture…

We’re pooling our resources and building a home computer lab. Because, yes, we are just that geeky.

Sebastian, the chihuahua mix, is sitting in front of the laptop, "reviewing the specs"
The Chair of the Board, a.k.a. Sebastian, is reviewing the specs and numbers.

And yes, we’re going to blog about it. Because, again, we are just that geeky.

Why are we doing this – other than the above stated reason of being geeks? For starters, I got my personal laptop 6 years ago. It’s still works fine but at a certain point, it’s kind of messy and harder to reset to try new things. Being able to have a VM or two that I can reset as needed will make things easier. Andy already has a couple of personal VMs but is looking to reset and upgrade.

This is not something that I have embarked on before. Andy has set up his own VMs before, obviously. But the end goal is to take this a step further and really have a solution that’s not our individual laptops – one that both of us can use to build, test, play, and destroy with all the things.

Andy has already started investigating the hardware and will be blogging about that. That’s more of his wheelhouse anyway. And while I’ve used this stuff before, it’s been in a cursory fashion or “asking my coworker for help” kind of situation so I’ll probably blog a lot more about how this experience works from my point of view – i.e. the person who’s just used to making things work as much as possible with the personal laptop.

Wish us luck!