The Multiple Mac Setup

[Image via Charm Royal]

About a year ago, I moved my office from one room in the house to the other so that I could accomodate my as then yet unborn son. Between myself and my wife, we have three computers: My MacBook pro, a community iMac that’s mostly used as an iTunes server, and her Dell laptop. we bounced around a lot of ideas, including a setup similar to the one above with both the iMac and MBP sitting right next to each other. When I proposed the concept, my wife said to me, “But what’s the point of having two computers next to each other? What if I want to use one of them?”

Truth be told, I’m not really quite sure what the advantage would be. In my scenario, I could see using one computer for FTPing up large documents while the other is doing graphics work, but it does seem like kind of a waste. Which is why I come to you, our loyal readers with a question: What’s the point? Would this type of setup work for you? Let me know in the comments.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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  1. On our kitchen table right now we have:
    * My wife’s old MacBook, still works for internet browsing
    * My wife’s work PC laptop, no personal use allowed
    * My wife’s personal PC laptop
    * My new MacBook Pro, personal use
    * My old slow PC netbook, which I use for work

    And that is just for the two of us.