[thelist] single user virtual dektop

Nan Harbison nan at nanharbison.com
Sat Aug 13 14:05:00 CDT 2011

I just did a website for a company that offers what you are looking for, but
it depends where you are located, they are in the Boston area, and until
they grow bigger, it's better if you are in New England, although they are
testing out their service in Virginia.
They are:

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[mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Casey Crookston
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Subject: [thelist] single user virtual dektop

So, twice in the last four weeks my hard drive on my laptop has been fried.
The first time my wife dropped my laptop, the second time my two year old
shoved it off the table.  I had everything backed up via an online service
so nothing vital was lost, other than the time to but a new hard drive,
re-install all the apps, and download all my files... (and some choice cuss
words and a few angry clients who I told would have to wait a few more days
to have their project complete).

I can go out and get another laptop or hard drive, but it's only a matter of
time before this happens again.  My idea: find a way to develop on the
could.  Ideally, I would have access to my own virtual Windows desktop on
which I would have all my development tools.  The only problem is that I
have yet to find a service that offers this for 1 individual that is even
close to being cost effective.  Most virtual host companies are geared
towards companies with 50+ users.  When I ask about 1 user they respond with
confusion.  I have to explain several times that I only want ONE (1) virtual
desktop, and when that finally registers, they say, "Oh, that's not what we
really do."

I can't be the only person who has looked for this service before.  Does
anyone know of such a service?




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