April 19, 2010
Over the weekend, I worked on two computers from my local public library. These computers are used for the Children’s Library area and offer educational games for children of all ages. The computers are somewhat old (2002) and slow, but run these simple little games just fine. The project included: cleaning the inside of the computers, reinstalling Windows XP Home, installing a virtual CD application, installing educational software, installing Windows SteadyState.
What we learned on this project:
Previously, these computers were attached to network storage that allowed the games to be accessed across a network. While this worked well, it required two extra pieces of hardware that were eliminated by the virtual CD application — less power consumption, and less chance of something going wrong. As it turns out, the file server deleted its contents, for an unknown reason, and that’s why I was called in to begin with. It was fun consolidating everything and creating a more effective environment for the Children’s Library. Not only was my solution virtually maintenance-free, but it’s more green, too! 🙂