Sunday, July 31, 2011

Here is a small low power consumption computer that I ran across that looks like it would make a great Linux system for the shack. For that matter it would be nice for anywhere that you want a computer on that runs 24/7 and don't want to take up a lot of space. It is a little pricey when compared to some of the bare bones boxes that you can get from Tiger Direct or Newegg in conventional PC form factor. I see a trend in laptop computers where first RS-232 ports disappeared from them and now it looks like optical drives will be the next item to fall from the hardware platform in an every increasing drive to minimal size and weight. That trend is also evident in these types of systems also.

You can get a system with a faster processor and a built in optical drive for equal or slightly less money although it does come in "kit" form any you have to mount the components. It is just a screw driver job that requires a little time.

At one time I would have given a lot for a fan less system like this being overly sensitive to the noise from working in server rooms for extended periods. The technology has improved in power supplies and have become tolerable for me though.

So if you have been looking for a dedicated computer for the shack or if you would like a small form factor system to use in your office, den or living room this could be the ticket. Check out evo technologies and their products.

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