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    Zotac has a BUNCH of interesting products

    This just announced: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/zot...ico,27553.html

    The Nano series is basically NUC-sized, so all of these would fit just about anywhere. Of note is the inclusion of the OS in the purchase price. Not sure exactly what level of Win8 capability is included (probably minimal), but it's still cheaper to upgrade than to buy new. That little PICO unit is pretty cool though.

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    Always liked these little PC's, and their's cheap too, but without a header pin for power up, I always wondered how to go about turning them on and off on car start-up/stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeunefred View Post
    Always liked these little PC's, and their's cheap too, but without a header pin for power up, I always wondered how to go about turning them on and off on car start-up/stop
    I have one of their nano PCs, if you open it up there actually is a header for the power button that the power button is connected to. I'm sure with the pico PC this will either be the case or you can solder to wherever the power button is wired to.
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    There are actually lots of these type of PCs available. A friend turned me on to an XP embedded thin client, which is about the same thing. I looked on eBay and there are lots of them for cheap.

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    Well, not exactly. What you have are tons of outdated thin clients. Most of them powered by pretty anemic chips. Those that aren't suffer from heat and high power consumption because they're based on older technology. Same goes for RAM speed, hard drive performance etc, etc. Few SSDs to be found anywhere. Keep in mind that often times, these boxes were designed for Citrix or other virtualized implementations, which means that running desktop software on the local device was not the standard mode of operation. The ones built for embedded OS and apps were again focused on doing one or maybe two specific things, and nothing more. Not really general-purpose computing in the sense that we think of it.

    Be that as it may, there are probably some fun little boxes in there that might represent a good value. Just understand what you're getting when you buy old hardware and software. I suspect a used $50 computer is going to give you just about $50 worth of performance and value.

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    this is very interesting. great for another project i had in mind. this will kill a raspberry pi.. lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris350 View Post
    this is very interesting. great for another project i had in mind. this will kill a raspberry pi.. lol.
    I agree...I think it's a much more practical starting point. But it will also be at least 10x more expensive. I may have one to test in the next couple of weeks, so I'll let everyone know about performance etc.

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