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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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“DUMB”

LITTLE
COMPUTERS

And How They Can Help Your Library

Andy Giesler

30 Second History of Computers

1940
-
1980: Dumb Terminals

Mainframe Computers

Dumb Terminals

(aka “Glass Teletypes”)

1980
-
2000: Personal Computers

2000
-
Present: Dumb Terminals v. 2.0

Dumb Terminals v2.0


“Thin Client”


“Windows Terminal”


Thin Client Benefits


Somewhat lower costs overall


Resource
-
efficient


Energy
-
efficient


Small size


Shush!

Thin Client Downsides


Limited expandability/reusability


Specialized knowledge required


Additional software may be required


Gaming in libraries?


Network
-
reliant


So… should libraries use them?

Desktop PC

Thin Client

Costs

Higher

Lower
-
ish

Management

Decentralized

Centralized

Power

High

Low

Footprint

Bigger

Smaller

Knowledge Needed

Less

More

Multimedia Support

High

Low

Expandability

High

Low

“DUMB”
LITTLE
COMPUTERS

And How They Can Help Your Library

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