I made a few minor hardware purchases recently. I have a new job, and they've never had someone like me full time before, so they don't have the kind of tools that a system engineer just accumulates over time. I'm slowly fixing this as I run across things I don't have.
- A laptop with a DB-9 serial port on it. Because even today networking gear needs RS-232 to be configured.
- A laptop with enough RAM to run multiple VMs. Because staging virtual-machines is part and parcel to what I do, and Logik doesn't believe in Desktops.
- A docking-station/port-replicator for the laptop. Because I don't want a forest of wires plugging into the laptop where I can see it, I want the forest of wires behind it. Also, plugging all the USB and other power-drawing stuff back there means less heat generated on the laptop itself, which increases its lifespan.
- An ExpressCard GigE adapter. Because having two network ports is occasionally very handy, and the built in one on my laptop doesn't like promiscuous mode for some reason. I need me my promiscuous mode. This card also supports a larger Ethernet frame-size than the built in one (9000b vs 4000b), which is useful for iSCSI work.
- An ExpressCard eSATA adapter. Because in our business sector having 2 such on a device is occasionally very useful. Never used eSATA at WWU, and here we're regular users.