Customers have the option of connecting their devices to the portable dumb terminal
through two USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports and three ports.
And "cloud computing"--that is, using the PC essentially as a dumb terminal
and relying on programs residing on giant servers run by companies such as Google--would also be a big step in this direction.
Remember the days of mainframes and green screen dumb terminals
. Well, they're back.
This Network Computer is the closest thing to a mainframe dumb terminal
Put a large mainframe computer in a central location, and let everyone at remote sites have a dumb terminal
' essentially a keyboard and monitor connected to the mainframe.
Sounds a lot like the old "dumb terminal
" of years ago, doesn't it?
Is the NC a sleek thin-client or a highly limited dumb terminal
? The battle of the vendors for desktop IT budget dollars has been raging for years, but no clear winners have yet emerged.
"At the time, computerized cash registers cost $2,000 to $3,000 - five or six times the price of a dumb terminal
," explains Penney.
Equipped with a bar code wedge, which emulates key strokes, this dumb terminal
transports all the data in real-time to the company's AS/400.
Once a user connects to the mainframe that houses the electronic information, the office PC becomes, in effect, a "dumb terminal
." Low-end Macs or 286 IBM compatibles work just fine.
The time has finally come for users of traditional, proprietary, dumb terminal
editorial and classified systems to be replaced by systems made from personal computers.
Then any dumb terminal
can be configured to communicate with any similar terminal on the network."