Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE: On the hardware side...
by Alfman on Sun 25th Nov 2012 17:15 UTC in reply to "On the hardware side..."
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Kichise,

I bought a Jetway mini PC for my parents due to the incredibly small form factor. Wouldn't have bought it for myself due to not having enough usb ports or expansion slots, but gave them a shot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856107081

It's slower than I would have liked, but not unexpected for a device in it's class. The thing that I'm finding is that the little thing runs very hot all the time and the fan's are very loud. It might be a lemon, but many of the reviews are similar.

This was obviously a bundle with a stock jetway case, do you use something else?

I might give them a try again if I knew they solved the fan/heat problem, but given that the one I bought was speced as having a "silent fan", I'd have alot of trouble trusting what they say in the future.

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