Ayende @ Rahien

My name is Oren Eini
Founder of Hibernating Rhinos LTD and RavenDB.
You can reach me by phone or email:


+972 52-548-6969

, @ Q c

Posts: 6,026 | Comments: 44,842

filter by tags archive

The cost of upgrade

time to read 1 min | 156 words

Scott Bellware started it, and Sam Gentile continued, Windows is not usable out of the box for power users. Right now I quote a figure of about three days for me just to set up a new machine so I can start working, and there is going to be a period of reduced prodactivity when I get the machine the way I want it.

It is not just installing software, it is also setting up path variables, letting Windows know that I am not a dummy, bringing over shortcuts and extensions, etc.

Sometimes people don't realize why I hate moving machines, or work at their machine, even for a short while. I am sorry, but WinKey+R, N should bring Notepad2, and Ctrl+B will take me to the implementation of a method. I should see file extensions and typing Booish would give me a interpreter into the framework.



I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I'm at a new client and they're laughing at the lengths I'm going to just to code on my own notebook. You just accumulate so much stuff and little customizations that it hurts to go to a new machine.

Ayende Rahien

It goes back to investment again.

I rarely do serious text editing in Notepad2, but I do a lot of light work there.

Comment preview

Comments have been closed on this topic.


No future posts left, oh my!


  1. Technical observations from my wife (3):
    13 Nov 2015 - Production issues
  2. Production postmortem (13):
    13 Nov 2015 - The case of the “it is slow on that machine (only)”
  3. Speaking (5):
    09 Nov 2015 - Community talk in Kiev, Ukraine–What does it take to be a good developer
  4. Find the bug (5):
    11 Sep 2015 - The concurrent memory buster
  5. Buffer allocation strategies (3):
    09 Sep 2015 - Bad usage patterns
View all series


Main feed Feed Stats
Comments feed   Comments Feed Stats