Plug Me In

(Typical Monday. You don't want to know more about it, honest.)

Despite all the Mac goodness, I sometimes miss the old X11 days and complete location independence - hence my interest in Network Computing, but mostly in the Remote Desktop niche.

And sometimes I wonder if I could do away with it all and just live inside Gnome and VNC (a spot of weakness, I know, but it's there), simply because I spend so much time picking up where I left off that having the same desktop everywhere would be a tremendous productivity boost.

Not to mention that the less machines I deal with, the less time I waste re-wiring my Apple/Windows/Linux keyboard reflexes.

Since far too much of my work is done on Windows machines, I've been replacing VNC with RDP everywhere I can (and please don't mention NX again, it's so tiresome...).

It's not at all uncommon for me to go through periodic "one desktop" stints, where I leave my laptop at the office and simply RDP my way in when I get home, lending it my iMac's 20" monitor. It works fine over UMTS, and I would love to have a permanent Office setup on a centralized server - all I really need to do my work is a laptop that I can use for drafts, tests of all sorts and run PowerPoint on occasion.

But since I like to plan ahead (I like to gauge my options months, if not years in the future), I periodically re-visit the notion of doing away with desktop computers at home and just have a couple of mini-like appliances somewhere, accessible via a couple of cheap, zero-footprint clients.

(The iMac performs wonderfully and I would not give up the 20" screen for anything, but sometimes I wish for something simpler.)

So it was with curiosity that I chanced upon WfD following a Technorati trail and hit upon the JackPC - a complete Remote Desktop client in a wall jack.

If these things take non-US keyboards (a common - if idiotic - limitation) and I find a way to get these easily in Portugal without paying through the nose, I might well swap my iMac by an Intel mini clone (to run Fedora on Intel and xrdp) and a PowerBook (for my photos).

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