HP mimics the Chromebox with the userproof Passport internet monitor

first_imgSomeone once told me that teaching was a great job, except for the students. I can easily imagine someone in IT saying the same thing, except replacing students with users. So how do companies limit the damage that users can do while keeping systems functional and maintenance costs minimal? Google’s Chromebox does this by moving most of the heavy lifting to the cloud and restricting the local system to a browser. Now HP is getting into the game with their Passport 1912nm internet monitor.The 1912nm is a 18.5-inch all-in-one PC that doesn’t actually monitor the internet. Rather, it’s a affordable computer that runs a simple interface on top of a lightweight version of Linux. It’s designed for internet cafes, kiosks, hotels, and other settings where people want to access the internet with a full browser and the computer owner doesn’t want to worry about those people installing software, messing around in the registry, or downloading malware while trying to watch Game of Thrones online for free.Using the Splashtop-like UI users can access Firefox, listen to music, watch video, view images, and do other basic tasks. Like Chrome OS, it’s essentially a browser and some basic functions layered on top of an affordable computer, though the Passport runs Linux (it’s user transparent) and is powered by a TI chip, as opposed to an Intel Celeron or Atom CPU. Being Linux-based the computer is immune from most of the malicious nonsense people will encounter on the internet, plus it keeps things light so that the TI chip can handle things.Aside from the 18.5-inch, 1366×768 arsenic-free screen, the Passport has five USB ports, a 4-in-one card reader, speakers, and includes both a keyboard and mouse. In addition to the ARM-based chip, it has 1GB of RAM and 2GB of storage. It’s certainly a budget system, but if you’re at a hotel and all you need to do is check your email and upload some images to Facebook, it should prove to be a much better option than the malware-plagued, barely functional Windows XP boxes you typically find.HP includes everything you’ll need for a set-it-and-forget-it internet monitor for $259. It’s available today.HP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor_profileHP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor_profileHP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor_bottomHP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitorlast_img read more

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