1458. Underworld – [Dirty Epic / Cowgirl #07] Rez [9:57]
Leo Babauta makes some excellent points in his piece Firefox OS: Why my hard drive & software are obsolete, and everything he says is correct.
You can indeed do away with your big, power hungry PC. If all you’re doing is browsing and the occasional document – get one of the more powerful thin clients, such as the HP T5700 I have sitting unused in my parts cupboard. So long as it’s running Windows XP Embedded (aka XPe), then you’re good to go. You can enter an administrative mode, and depending on the size of the flash you can add as many applications as you like.
It uses less power (pair it with an LCD for bonus savings), it runs silent, it boots faster, it’s not as prone to viruses and spyware as it’s essentially a sandboxed environment (normally you’re running the OS in read only mode), and it’ll only set you back a few hundred on tardme, if that. You can’t lose.
For your multimedia, plug in your favourite multimedia device and stream from that, or if your internet connection is fast enough and you have a big data cap – stream it across the internet. OR, setup a local NAS device and stream from that, there’s no driver battles that way.
For your gaming, get a console – the Nintendo Wii interface has finally given consoles an interface *nearly* good enough to replace the keyboard and mouse for FPS gaming, plus it’s a bit more social, and you can even get a girl involved – if you can manage to get one through your front door 😉 (yes, I’m going to get a Wii soon)
And if you’re a die-hard linux or BSD fan, you can load either of those onto your thin client too. The only downside, unfortunately, is this path increases your dependance on an internet connection, which is something we arent doing very well here in New Zealand 🙁