dumb terminal


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dumb terminal

n.
A terminal that has no internal microprocessor and thus no processing power independent of its host computer.

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Known as a portable dumb terminal, it consists of three 17.3'' screens with high-definition (HD) resolution.
"BYOD in the future will be bring your own laptop so that if I like to use a Mac, I will bring it to work, it will get connected and then I have an agent which connects me to my virtual computing environment for the corporate environment and then when I launch that agent I access that computing environment and that will completely change the way we work." This type of virtualised environment means that enterprises do not have to manage the operating systems on specific machines any more, so that when a new employee comes into the company the company can choose to give them a very low cost dumb terminal. This idea is very similar to the idea of dumb terminals in the 1970s and it is many of the same players doing desktop virtualisation today.
* Should a mobile device be treated as a 'dumb terminal'?
Take all this in the enterprise context now - you can see the possibility of a dumb terminal that can be carried anywhere by the employees and is dependent on your servers for doing anything.
Inco is a dumb terminal with its brain in another hemisphere.
As he explains, the proprietary networks were not "user-programmable"; a computer connecting to CompuServe, for example, was configured as a dumb terminal and could exchange only data, not programs.
"Those were little more than a dumb terminal: you put in an item number and quantity, and the item number is accepted, it'll take anything you put into it and send it down.
Our PM system was UNIX-based utilizing dumb terminals. It required a license for each dumb terminal, and every time we added a license, we had to pay.
They interfaced through industrial I/O and, optionally, with a dumb terminal. A floppy disk controller was a two-card set with bit-slice logic that could fry an egg or your finger.
A PC or dumb terminal can be interconnected to the driver via an RS232C communications port to program distance traveled and operating speed.
A client can be many things: a PC (or a dumb terminal without a hard disk) on a local area network (LAN); a PC at a remote location connected to the home office via some sort of communication circuit (point-to-point, dial-up or the Internet); a remote PC using an internet service provider (ISP) such as America Online or Mindspring; or even a PalmPilot.
Only this time you can run Windows-based graphical programs remotely on a dumb terminal (now called thin clients) using thin client/server networks such as Citrix or Windows Terminal Server.