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  1. “Dumb” Little computers And How They Can Help Your Library Andy Giesler

  2. 30 Second History of Computers

  3. 1940-1980: Dumb Terminals

  4. Mainframe Computers

  5. Dumb Terminals (aka “Glass Teletypes”)

  6. 1980-2000: Personal Computers

  7. 2000-Present: Dumb Terminals v. 2.0

  8. Dumb Terminals v2.0 • “Thin Client” • “Windows Terminal”

  9. Thin Client Benefits • Somewhat lower costs overall • Resource-efficient • Energy-efficient • Small size • Shush!

  10. Thin Client Downsides • Limited expandability/reusability • Specialized knowledge required • Additional software may be required • Gaming in libraries? • Network-reliant

  11. So… should libraries use them?

  12. Comparison

  13. “Dumb” Little computers And How They Can Help Your Library

  14. Creative Commons Attributions • flickrich, "Retro Apple Logo fruit salad" http://www.flickr.com/photos/54387193@N00/120944972 • G. Rivas Valderrama, "Tiempo, tiempo, tiempo" http://www.flickr.com/photos/24890185@N05/2520227982 • HckySo, "11th Grade - First Day of School" http://www.flickr.com/photos/54191388@N00/2828981813 • Jemimus, "IMG_2046”, http://www.flickr.com/photos/12967790@N00/270554597 • Jspaw, “Old Computers Can Be Good Looking” http://www.flickr.com/photos/35034347468@N01/371919441 • Malabooboo, "img_8847" http://www.flickr.com/photos/12313873@N00/2196281246 • Marcin Wichary, "Untitled" http://www.flickr.com/photos/8399025@N07/2319082085 • nateOne, "Superwasher" http://www.flickr.com/photos/49998984@N00/2873369243 • Netmonger, "Sun Ray Thin Client" http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c6/Sun_Ray_Thin_Client.jpg • Pargon, "Mainframe Computer" http://www.flickr.com/photos/24539921@N08/2444943158 • Patrick J. Lynch, "Brain stem normal human.svg" http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Brain_stem_normal_human.svg • Raysonho, "PCExpanion" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PCExpanion.jpg • scriptingnews, "mainframe computer" http://www.flickr.com/photos/22221172@N00/2627291590 • sparktography, "The borg is coming" http://www.flickr.com/photos/49503155065@N01/137317558 • surekat, "abacus" http://www.flickr.com/photos/95542192@N00/2643626270 • teclasorg, "ADM 3A" http://www.flickr.com/photos/17884028@N00/82481457 • Vidarlo, "Hpt5700" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Hpt5700.jpg