in reply to OT: compensation beyond salary
I'm pretty successful at getting myself a mac. Usually companies need to purchase a box for you to work on, so it might as well be the one you want to work on.
Of course this depends a lot on the company you're dealling with. Some are serious about having only 1 plaform to support, others actually have a computer for you already. But it doesn't hurt to ask.
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