I am a stickler for my Windows XP operating system.
I have many programs that I use for my business, and to upgrade them to work with Vista or 7 is just way too costly.
I was thinking about buying a laptop to use in the living room, so I could get away from my workstation.
But I could only use it for "playing" since I couldn't use any of my software on it.
Since I had an older machine with all I needed on it, I decided to set that one up in the other room - the new flat screen monitors make it easy to do this in smaller spaces.
And then I could network it with the main computer.
XP has all the capabilities to do this through our ethernet box.
I used this website to set up the computers.
For some reason, I didn't have to set up the internet protocol in order to get it to work.
I am thinking it is because I had to do something along those lines when I first connected all our computers to the internet through the DSL router.
It is great to sit in the living room in the evening and still be able to access my shared files on my main machine.
Just remembering to keep it on and not turn it off as I leave the office for the evening is another thing though!