Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:34 UTC
Windows As part of his keynote address on Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates showed off Windows Home Server (more info at Ars) - a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from HP and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than USD 500. In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.
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Home Server? External back-up drive!
by h3rman on Tue 9th Jan 2007 09:43 UTC
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First, most people had no PC.
Then, they had one PC.
Then, their kids had PCs too.
A house full of PCs.
Here comes BG with a 'great' idea: connect all these PCs on a home server.

Now, why would anyone want/need a server, consuming energy, probably making noise too, connected to the TV in order to watch downloaded movies (which is most of the substance in BG's idea), if for a tiny fraction of the cost of all that, you can burn it to a CD or DVD to watch it on the DVD-player that you, usually, already have?

If it's the back-up thing, isn't it...

a) way cheaper,
b) less space-consuming,
c) less energy-consuming,
d) easier to carry around,
e) easier to hide/put in a (fireproof?) vault when you're out of town,
f) perhaps even more reliable, just use an external back-up hard disk drive?
Isn't there a nice program for Windows to periodically, automatically, back-up all photo's, home video's, etc. on such a drive?

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