View Full Version : Passport to hell: why thin client desktops must die

06-30-12, 04:30 PM
There are two end-user computing devices I hold in the highest disregard: all-in-one PC desktops and thin clients. While they both apparently have their place in the information technology ecosystem‚??preferably far away from me‚??they also carry with them a hidden message to the poor worker drone stuck using them. Your boss doesn‚??t think you‚??re worth spending money for a real computer.

That‚??s never been more true than now, when more companies are letting people bring their own laptops to work (which also says that your boss doesn‚??t think you‚??re worth spending money for a real computer, but at least lets you pretend to feel good about it). Yet for some reason, hardware manufacturers keep trying to inflict these yokes of oppression upon us.

Sure, at least all-in-one PCs, as confused about "what they want to be when they grow up" as they are, are actual computers. But I have never been able to find a place in my mind where I can find comfort with thin client hardware. If anything, I have sort of a dark fascination with it, in the way someone might marvel at medieval torture devices. I can't help but wonder what twisted genius devised such instruments of misery.

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