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Re: free software mini pc

green wrote:
keitho@strucktower.com wrote at 2012-02-12 08:28 -0600:
But I'm curious about the original query- what's the need for such an
ultra-quiet machine?

Reason 1: no cleaning.  A system with a fan requires cleaning.  Frequency
of cleaning depends on the environment.  The desktop that this will replace
is in a somewhat dusty environment.

To expand on the OP's reply:
If the unit is fan-less, it may also be a sealed unit.
Consider the case of humid &/or corrosive atmosphere.

Back in the 70's DEC had an enclosure for the LSI-11 irreverently dubbed the "Hitachi". Five sides were cast aluminum with large fins o get rid of ~100 watts of heat. The sixth side was a heavily gasketed piece of cast aluminum. Internally it was not fanless, but it was definitely sealed against external nastiness ;/ IIRC it was intended for industrial environments including electro-plating.

Reason 2: I have seen (slightly) more fans fail than hard disks.  So this
second reason suggests that a fanless system is slightly lower maintenance in
the long term.

Reason 3: yeah, noise.  Really this is not a big deal, but quietness is nice.

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