Today is the first day of work for our new Web Applications Development Manager Mike Minarik. So last Friday, I nipped down the hall to his office-to-be to see if it was stocked up, spiffy and ready for him.
There was a problem with one of the desk drawers, so it's a good thing I checked. But that's beside the point. The biggest thing I noticed when I got there was not one but two glossy new computers.
One was a PC and one was a Mac. A gargantuan, oversized Mac at that. Totally unfair. I don't even have a Mac, and I'm President of the company. When you start work here, you have to choose one or the other. It's one of those keeping-costs-on-this-planet rules the accounting department trumpets.
"How come he gets both?" I asked. "That's what he asked for, and you said to give him anything he wants for his computer," came the reply.
OK, so it does make a lot of sense. Every Web department should be strewn with multiple computer types ... the better to test your site with. Unless you can see your site the way users may see it (including with a mediocre-sized screen set on low resolution), you can't run a site properly.
On the other hand, I happen to know of a newish, complimentary, online tool that you can use to see what your site looks like in both Mac and PC. "Can't he just use that?" I asked. Well, no, that would be cruel to take away a computer when two have been promised.
But, if you're on a tighter budget than apparently we are -- or perhaps having to approve new designs when working off location where you can't get to both PCs and Macs, this online tool sure is handy.
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