[vcf-midatlantic] Unscientific informal keyboard poll...

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Sun Feb 4 15:16:27 EST 2018

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> bounces at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Salzman
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> Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Unscientific informal keyboard poll...
> I have to agree with Ian. All servers are generally configured to be remotely
> controlled, allowing the remote mouse/touchpad/keyboard to be used. No
> need for extra components connected to the server outside of initial setup.
> Besides, having a mouse/keyboard connected to it draws undesired public
> attention. Go with a headless server which will remain inconspicuous. Only
> connect peripherals to it when absolutely needed.
> On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:59 PM, Ian Primus via vcf-midatlantic < vcf-
> midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:55 PM, Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic
> > <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> > > We have people who are CLI phobic
> >
> > So? This is a server. It's only going to be administered at the
> > console very rarely, if ever. You really only need the keyboard and
> > monitor to do the initial install. And it's not like a server has a
> > graphical interface in the first place. The only reason anyone would
> > *ever* need to be using the physical keyboard at the server console is
> > if something is very wrong.
> >

When things go very wrong, and you are trying to fix it, the last thing you need is to have to try to find a keyboard/display/mouse that fits and works.
You want to be able to slide the tray out and be able to start work, not to be getting raised blood pressure and palpitations.  

I know the system isn't perhaps critical, but seeing something not working in a computer museum perhaps leaves a bad impression...


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