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Slow computer [Jun. 28th, 2005|09:12 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I occasionally notice that my computer is old:
papag:~ $ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 8
model name      : Pentium III (Coppermine)
stepping        : 6
cpu MHz         : 798.287
cache size      : 256 KB

And only 750 MB of memory.

But you can't beat absolutely silent, ya know? Once you go silent, no computer works for me anymore.

I really need to use one of the other (much faster, much louder) machines in my house, since I've given up on "silent computing" systems which never are.

I think the answer is:
-- USB keyboard and mouse (done)
-- USB extender over Cat5
-- DVI over fiber or something
-- audio.... maybe my USB audio DA converter would work? not sure the bandwidth on those USB over Cat5 things, but should work considering how piss-slow regular USB is.
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2005-06-29 04:48 am (UTC)
do you care about being able to run any OS, or would you just be running X? Do you need to be able to display full motion video?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-06-29 04:55 am (UTC)
X. But I don't want to deal with the remote X bullshit and latency.

I've done XDMCP from a fast machine to my cheap-o machine as a client, but it wasn't as fast as I'd have hoped.
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2005-06-29 05:20 am (UTC)
did you ever try using VNC? It's wicked fast over 100mbit. The downside is that the X server for VNC lacks some of the X extensions (last I looked) so things like font smoothing didn't work so well.

I know and have worked with the persons responsible for this: http://www.ndiyo.org/. It's pretty slick actually, and is cross platform. Maybe I can convince them that you're a good beta candidate ;)
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