[ILUG-BOM] Computer usage

Milind Oka oak445 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 26 07:30:47 IST 2016

Nice suggestions Arun,
In fact we can use them especially with dot-matrix printers to print 
pre-printed stationary. Fortunately dot-matrix printers are available 
With any preliminary RDBMS like dbase, we can put them on cash counter 
with dot-matrix printers to give receipts. It is really fun to use 
command line on them. You can really use them in various ways. In fact 
exploiting their power is a great skill that students should learn.
I started my computer journey in 1989 with IBM pc XT, 4.77 MHz (Not GHz 
!) and 64k ram. I enjoyed working on them (mouse was not there on most 
of the machines).
486 is a feast for me !

On Tuesday 26 July 2016 12:58 AM, Arun Khan wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM, Harsha Godavari <h.godavari at shaw.ca> wrote:
>> I am looking for information regarding the use of older hardware from i486 and up. Ofcourse I am only thinking of end users who consider a computer as just another tool to get done whatever they are doing.
>> Considering that many distros are beginning to require 64-bit CPUs running at Ghz speeds, needing Gigabytes of RAM and HD space, I was wondering if the old hardware is really E-waste or can still be used for some Email/Web surfing , nothing fancy . I would appreciate any info / sources you can provide.
> The problem with email and web surfing -- the content has become
> *bloatware*  People send MBs as attachments and links to video
> material and they  require fairly high speed 'net access and cpu/ram
> on the client side.   Today, this is the *expectation* of the average
> Joe/Jane user.    In my experience, most video content is still Flash
> and it tends to consume CPU/RAM (htop is great as a monitor).
> Virtualized desktop may be the nice middle ground.  You use these
> legacy hardware as "thin" clients to connect to a LTSP server and
> maximize the usage of old hardware.  On the flip side, they need
> legacy power supplies running in the range of 250W per seat -
> definitely not green.
> My 2 cents.
> -- Arun Khan

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