IBM Laptop

IBM
#1

Hey,

I’m about to start a role of IBM Foundation IT Consultant and am wondering what laptop would I get with the job (and as a side note, any other things - like company phone etc.). Has anyone else got that role?

I’m mainly concerned about the laptop and whether it will be able to use it for private tasks (not p0rn/games, but I’m likely to be doing some graphics/flash on the side). Obviously, this is likely to be a business laptop, I’m not expecting high end graphics here, but it might be good enough for what I need it for.

So if anyone has any ideas, lemme know.

#2

Hi,

Have you read through your contract? I know in my PwC contract it says that you’re allowed to use laptops for private use, although they do put some conditions on it that are a bit vague.

#3

Hey,

Yes I have. The contract itself is very much the core legal stuff, nothing about day to day things such as equipment, starting day arrangements, etc.

To be honest, I don’t think that it actually mentions whether I get a laptop or not, but I DO know that everyone (well, 92% of IBM staff) get one. I suppose I might have to wait until my criminal checks come through - maybe then I’ll get a more detailed “contract”.

But I’m wondering whether there’s anyone here on these forums that works for IBM and can give me a heads up in the mean time…

#4

With some minor restrictions, you can usually do what you like with it!

#5

Ha, “minor restrictions”, eh! Thanks, I’m more interested in the specs though… Anyone got any ideas?

#6

Yeah expect something like an IBM T43.

#7

Hmmmm, the only thing I can find are a 3-4 year old T43 notebooks… Is that what you mean? Surely they will have something a little newer (being closely linked with Lenovo and all…)?

#8

Bump

#9

I don’t think that IBM will give out some junk like T43… Probably something like T51 or whatever will be newer by the time you start with them.

In terms of graphics - I’m guessing the laptop will have something like Nvidia Quadro FX which should do just fine with 3D graphics, Autocads and other work related soft.

#10

Yeah that’s probably true. PwC gave me a T43- it was actually a very good laptop, however it booted from an encrypted volume which meant it was painfully slow, and that was before you had to load Lotus Notes :wink:

For those IBM/Lenovo lovers out there, you might be pleased to know that WikiJob is all IBM ;-). I have an X41 and I love it. It runs Ubuntu like a dream.