[Wolves] A revolution in corporate desktop PCs?

dick_turpin dick_turpin at archlinux.us
Mon Dec 15 13:11:13 UTC 2008

Alex Willmer wrote:
> I'd like to hear your collective opinions on this.
> This form factor could redefine the corporate desktop market. What do
> you (particularly you Mr Turpin) think?
I think I have to agree with some of the sentiments voiced so far, it 
might have a place in respect of its 'compactness'.
Going off at a tangent (As I usually do) everything these days seems to 
be about bling, glittz and gadgetry admittedly the 'look' of a 
workstation is a big factor for some business even to the detriment of 
that hardware but most Joe-business-users don't need *Cover flow* or 
*Zooming, Flip Widgets* they only need 64-128MB graphics They'll need a 
decent CPU a minimum of 1GB of memory but ideally 2GB and finally a 
really decent hard drive with a good RPM and a high Cache ratio.

There is an argument that units like the iMac 
https://www.apple.com/imac/ are ideal for desks with limited real 
estate, manufacturers seem to be evolving into producing machines that 
would be at home in any environment be that Timmy Smith playing  World 
of Warcraft  or  John Smith  knocking out this months budget deficit. I 
personally would like to keep the distinction between Gaming machines 
(Home Users) and Workstations (Businesses). The problem you have is 
'people' its nice to live in the fluffy world of "Everyone is dedicated 
and hard working" but truth of the matter is given half the chance give 
them a machine at work that to all and tense and purposes is a 'Media 
Centre' and guaranteed they'll be watching  Batman "The dark night" 
within  24 hours on it.

I'm not sure its as earth shattering as you think Alex but its not bad 
for what it is.

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