Well, parent was about the best post I read. Confirmed my doubts about not splitting up the installations... I guess this is my best option at this moment in time, so here we go. Thanks Slashdot, thanks Zmobie.
Not only that, he's asking the wrong forum. If you have questions about all these Microsoft technologies, why not go to the experts at Microsoft and ask them? That's what you're paying all that money for with that MSDN account. I'm sure they'll be happy to advise you on how to proceed.
If you can't afford an MSDN account, then you really have no business doing MS development work. If you're working with MS technologies at work, they're supposed to provide that stuff for you.
Well, they gave all that stuff away for free when I was in college. I had every thing I could ever want and fully functional software and immense support from MS reps and faculty, and now it's been a few years and I don't have all that.
I don't see the harm in asking how other people configure a development environment in their home. I couldn't make up my mind, so I couldn't act. Reading the responses will inevitably bias me to favor one option over another. This is the perfect forum to get that information, however ignorant or primitive or unprofessional my question is. I know I'm stupid. I know I should know how to do this and be able to do this. Hence ask Slashdot.
The problem is that when you start installing dev tools, you end up with system services installed.
If you're using a computer for any significant music production you should probably make sure that it's only used for that. You don't want some bullshit printer driver or Java trying to run an update while you're recording & ruining the take.
Right. Getting the machine set up for music production was enough trouble the first time around.
They don't take up resources when they're not running...
I don't know if this is a good application of the word "rationality".
Why does Slashdot marvel at this? The technology to create these tunnels is nothing new, in fact, Slashdot has featured all kinds of stories in the past concerning Mexican cartels involving no impressive technological acheivement, so... why does Slashdot keep running these stories? What is so worthy of news here? What are the cartels doing that hasn't already been done and why does slashdot pay them so much attention for doing it??
How about this: Run a story about the technology being developed to thwart these maniacs, eh? I only got spied on today. The cartels only just killed some innocent mother's young son, and two dozen more like him today. Murder is their technology. Surely the good guys deserve some press here as well, Slashdot?