[rescue] Thin Client for garage
barryc at rjlsystems.com
Tue Mar 29 08:55:00 CDT 2011
Used thinclients can be had relatively cheaply off ebay. I got a couple
in the 800MHz-1GHz range with DVI out and a PCI slot for ~$50/ea.
Also, in many cases, the firmware images are available for download from
the "manufacturer"'s website. Manufacturer is in quotes because I know
for a fact that, in at least some cases (like the units I bought)
multiple companies were buying units made by a third-party and rebadging
them. In some cases, (like mine) they also mucked around with the BIOS
beyond just embedding their logo. In that situation, some legwork may be
required to find un-mucked bios images.
On 03/29/2011 09:44 AM, Hatle, Steven J wrote:
> When we built our new garage last fall, I ran some CAT5e out there to
> facilitate data connectivity back to the house.
> Now that spring is (hopefully!) coming, it9s time to get ready for working
> on the MGB and the bikes.
> I9d like to have some kind of thin client in the garage that I can use with
> a cheap LCD and external keyboard/mouse to facilitate getting stuff from the
> web when I9m in the middle of something vs. having to run back into the
> house and review or print stuff out, etc.
> I9ve not taken a lot of time to research what9s out there, but basically
> what I need is a box with enough smarts to run either a decent, embedded
> browser on its own, or be able to VNC/RDP back to a machine in the house to
> do the same.
> I know I could bring an old laptop out there, but due to environmental
> concerns (hot summers/cold winters) I think something with no moving parts
> might be better, but I could be wrong.
> So- if anyone has suggestions or pointers I9m all ears, or if you have
> something suitable for sale let me know off-list.
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