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Thin Clients? and what they can be used for

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Stoner, Aug 29, 2005.

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  1. Stoner

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    :)

    I bought a box of parts at an auction this weekend and inside, amoung other things, were three small 'network/thin' (?) clients.
    Two IBM 8362-A52's and one NCD Explora 402

    :D

    What could they be used for other than as clients in a business network?
    Do they have any practical value as stand alone units or some how used in a home network?

    Sorry, my imagination seems lacking for their use around the house, so help me out if you know of some interesting uses or projects... :D
     
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  3. kiwiguy

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    Stoner, in cases like this Google will deliver your answer in 0.2 seconds...

    "A thin client is a network computer without a hard disk drive, whereas a fat client includes a disk drive"

    So they are no good as stand-alone, they require a dedicated server that houses the (licenced) OS and all software that they utilise. This is highly unlikely to include a "home network".

    The new name for a "dumb terminal" as used on a mainframe, but adapted to newer operating systems might be a better description.
     
  4. Stoner

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    Google.......:D
    Already did that kiwiguy.

    As many electronics have uses that are not intended, I'm only asking if any exist for these devices

    Thanks.
    :)
     
  5. jonm

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    Sorry for the late reply.

    Contrary to the popular belief, there are home uses for these boxen. If you can find their own original software, you can at least use the explora as a terminal client for both windows and *nix systems. Ever had to run to the bathroom, and been working on an important project? With one of these low-power systems, you can leave it on or quickly boot it from a linux or windows base, allowing you to continue that work, rather than exploring the intricacies of quantum physics with all of this newfound free time. This is just one of the many uses. I plan to have similar in my kitches for a shopping list, as well as basic recipe storage. With these low-power systems running on cheap monitors, able to be stuck almost anywhere (under-cabinet mouting, even) the posibilities are endless!

    As far as adapting linux/bsd for them, it is being worked on.
     
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