[vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office computer.

William Dudley wfdudley at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 10:06:20 EST 2016


Good luck on the serial port.

More likely, get a serial to USB adapter and use that for your serial port

And why Winders at all?  Microsoft is shoving Win 10 down everybody's
throat, the maker
of the FTDI driver for the usb to serial chip is screwing around with the
driver and breaking
FTDI clone adapters.  What application that runs only on Winders is driving
this requirement?

Bill Dudley

> On 2/5/2016 12:26 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> We're going to need a computer for the new museum's office/workbench area.
>> Requirements:
>> 1. It must have a very small footprint. A full tower, anything
>> rack-mounted, servers, etc. are not suitable for our current situation.
>> Ideally a "mini" case (ha! a minicomputer...) would serve us well.
>> 2. We don't need a laptop and would rather have a desktop anyhow, so we
>> can more easily upgrade it and avoid proprietary stuff.
>> 3. Its motherboard should have a sufficient CPU and enough RAM capacity
>> to run a modern operating system.
>> 4. Serial port. :)
>> 5. We'll need this in the next few weeks.
>> That's about it. I figure we can buy a cheap SSD, install Windows 7 SP1
>> -- which is the least-worst version of Windows -- and make it dual-boot
>> into Linux. I can do all of that myself, but it would certainly save time
>> if the system gets to us already configured this way.
>> I have a spare USB keyboard/mouse to donate. VCF owns a few small-ish
>> square LCDs, but we could definitely use a donation of a modern wide-screen
>> LCD -- perhaps a 22-inch or around that size.

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