My IT shackles have finally been removed!
After four years of struggling to deliver against the constraints of a locked down PC, I’ve finally managed to persuade the powers that be to allow me a ‘developer build’, along with other members of the team.
This allows us a small measure of additional control over our Windows XP boxes, not least of which is the ability to defrag the HD (at last!), and install applications.
Right off the bat, I installed PowerPivot for Excel, Firefox, Chrome, GIMP, LibreOffice, Notepad++, Eclipse, WinPython (python 2.7 and a whole load of useful libraries and applications), Git, MySQL and PostgreSQL.
Just having the tools available to streamline my workflow is already paying dividends. Plus, I’m now enjoying my work more than ever…