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onasre1
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Joined: 14 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:01 pm    Post subject: Thin Client VS Laptop

Hello

This is my First Post here , So Hola..

Well , the thing is that i was Going to buy thin Client to plug my mj , so i dont have to run my $700 Dell Computer all the time , and thin client on ebay they were from $40 and up .. So i thought why the Heack buy thin client when i just Can use this $40 to buy laptop , Pentum2 and up , so i start searching on Ebay for Cheap Used Laptop , and i got Plenty , i bought One for $60 including the shipping .

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=220265422273

but befor i bought P2 for only $33 with the shipping .

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=130243042856

but when i found the p3 i decided to resell the p2 and keep the p3 .

so what you think guys



i got it , installed Xp , pluged My MJ , Ready to Go...

So you spending your $50 Any way why not Laptop instaed of Thin Client , they use about the Same Voltage 12v-20v.. at least with the laptop u still can go online without having to have extra monitor . more space more Rams .. the size between the laptop and Thin Client not Much Diferent realy ..

so what you think Guys .......
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prberg
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Joined: 14 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject:

funny.. I was just thinking about this same question. I had an extra laptop and thought it would make a good MJ client. The nice thing about the thin client is that is doesn't have a hard drive spinning all the time and using more energy. I am trying to figure a way to load the MJ into the RAM of the laptop so the hard drive can spin down... But it seems that a laptop is a good option too.

-peter
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PTravel
Dan isn't smart enough to hire me


Joined: 18 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject:

Before I started playing with thin clients, I used to run my MJ on a laptop (along with a lot of other software -- ftp server, vnc server, etc.). It worked fine except, (1) the laptop used close to 90 watts, (2) a lot of that 90 watts was dissipated as heat, and (3) the laptop's fan was noisy. Accordingly, I kept it in a closet, which meant running phone wires to it, adding a wireless access point (as I couldn't easily run CAT5 to the closet), and that closet got HOT! The "shelf life" of a laptop is also likely to be considerably shorter because of the spinning hard drive, spinning fan, and increased heat experienced by the components.

With a thin client, I'm drawing around 30 watts, it runs much cooler and, best of all, it is completely silent with not a single moving part. The thin client sits on a book shelf near my other computer gear, is now integrated into my gigabit lan (actually a gigabit segment), serves as a NAS hosting a couple of USB drives, hosts my HP scanner (and functions as a handy copy machine when I need one) and, generally, earns its keep by making itself useful in all sorts of ways.

There's no reason not to use a cheap laptop if it works for you. However, because of the heat, power and noise issues, you may find it less versatile than a thin client (or two -- I've now got three at home and one in the office).
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