Sunday, June 01, 2008

A Modern Client-Only PC?

Back when I was an undergraduate college student, there were computer rooms on campus that had "client only" machines. These were partial computers with a monitor, keyboard, and network connection but without any disk drives--all of their programs ran off a "server" computer somewhere else on campus. (Their only private processing power was just enough instructions to run their monitor, keyboard, and network connection.)

After home networking became common, I wondered when the equivalent would become common for families. Why spend the money to have more than one complete computer if your home could have a single "server" and then family members could have very inexpensive "client only" machines?

It appears this will never happen; the way computing technology has advanced you might as well put a bit more on an inexpensive machine. A modern attempt is the ASUS Eee PC.

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