An engineer SHALL have a large SSD

Obvious speed benefits aside, the large capacity means you can take with you all your VMs, your hundreds of Github checkouts, play environments like Supercollider, Pd, R, Squeak VM, Oz VM, etc), eBooks, large data sets (for those Big Data geeks), and just about everything you can learn from.

Also: you have to ask how we're going to find distractions when the Internet goes down. Good to know it's handy.