Older Computers Serve Well as Remote Terminals
Quite a while back, I wrote about "Microsoft Windows XP runs pretty fast on old computers!" on this site. It documented how Windows XP can run comfortably on a slow 233 MHz machine. Using that idea, I successfully installed it on my 266 MHz notebook computer.
My 266 MHz Sony VAIO PCG-748 still runs Windows XP today. I do some basic operation on it. I try to keep things simple. Most of the time, I just need to jot down a few notes or look up something on the web. But with more complex application, it slows down or runs out of memory.
The screen on it had been flicking away, so I wrote an article called "What to do with a notebook that has a dead LCD?" on this site. In this second article, I explained how I can use this notebook computer through Remote Desktop even if the LCD is to die one day. And that day seemed to be coming soon. But while writing this article, I thought maybe the reverse will work as well. That is to access another Remote Desktop using this 266 MHz notebook computer.
So I tried it. Amazingly, it worked extremely well. Utilizing the remote computer's faster processing speed and larger RAM, I was able to execute operations on this 266 MHz computer that I never dreamed possible. Now I know that there is a lot more life out of these old machines that I thought. And you now do, too.
can you provide some pics...screen shots of the hack?
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