JackPC: Thin-client PC inside your wall.

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by ravenvii, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

    ravenvii

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    This is a very interesting concept.

    The JackPC

    This is basically a thin-client PC which is a simple group of wall sockets - display port, audio port, USB ports and others. This could be cool for businesses - cuts down on IT management costs, and it's plain cool, too.

    Could appear in homes in the future. Most families don't need the power of 4 or 5 full-blown PCs. They can have one powerful PC, and one of those in places where a PC is needed, and just hook up the display, keyboard, mouse, etc to it. Cool concept.
     
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    It requires Windows to run.

    Apple will never make this.
     
  3. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    What the hell? I never said Apple should make it. I'm just posting it because I think it's a cool technology/concept.

    And yeah Windows is required. So what? The future can easily hold a Linux-based "JackPC"-type computer or something. And in case you didn't know, most businesses use Windows those days.

    So **** *******.
     
  4. adav macrumors member

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    Imagine if this technology (based on VNC instead of RDP) was inside an ACD which you could have in the kitchen, for example, and use it to connect to the other macs around the house. Thats something I'm sure would be approved by the user above.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    In many business and academic settings, it's quite common for every conference room to be set up with a computer. A solution like this could really help physically simplify that, not to mention reduce power consumption (as these PCs are almost always on). Something like this paired with a ceiling-mounted DLP projector is a very simple solution, and if it can log into a central terminal server, the user gets exactly the same experience at every site. Perfect for conference rooms.

    For that matter, in principle, these could be installed in cubicle walls for many kinds of jobs and simplify the desktop significantly, since you just have to plug in a few things (kb/mouse/display) into it, and it powers over ethernet.
     
  6. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Calm down....no need to flip out.
     
  7. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    And Windows CE at that (not really Windows - it's worse). Embedded Linux or the iPhone version of OS X (or OS X with a similar footprint) would be nice.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The purpose of CE on the device is just to allow the RDC or Citrix client to run. Windows CE is perfectly robust enough for that purpose. It would be nice if it had VNC also, so that it could remote desktop Macs or other Unix boxes. But that too could just as easily be done in CE as in anything else.
     

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