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Re: [school-discuss] Replacement Hard Drive or Computer

On Fri, Mar 09, 2012 at 10:49:28AM +0700, j. Tim Denny wrote:
> [...] USB sticks..  I usually just buy the cheapest one...

Me rather too. :) (still walking with 2Gb one)

> > My two 128Gb SSDs are worth every penny of ~$540
> nice... but way out of our price range in Laos.

One of them is used in my main notebook that's also a mobile
build system (incidentally, the terminal server distro work
was done on the road to some extent -- and vibrations are
quite harmful for HDDs...)

I do know how it feels with no money for food though.

> > > I am thinking of going that way for 5-10 older model
> > > computers at a university in Laos...  the current hard
> > > drives are in the 20-40gb range I think nearly 10 years
> > > old...  PIII cpus and 128mb ram.
> > Nice thin clients, just in case.
> too complex for the staff to maintain..  they currently have
> one Ncomputing setup and it causing troubles.

It would be interesting to learn of those troubles
(offlist if you'd feel like that).  My experience is
that thin clients cut down on maintenance time a lot
due to centralized apps deployment and user accounts
management; there are things that degrade though,
like 3D, microphone, and to some extent video.

> > USB flash isn't going help those really much but an extra
> > stick of 64..256M SDRAM would go much further (given some
> > lightweight distro and a desire to run things locally).
> the problem is difficulty in sourcing older RAM and of course
> the high price...

Wish I could send you some and it would actually make it
through... (there are a few spare sticks in test lab equipment
that could be dispatched without a problem)

 ---- WBR, Michael Shigorin <mike@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  ------ Linux.Kiev http://www.linux.kiev.ua/
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