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Thread: The PC Has Become a Mainframe

  1. #1
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    Sep 2000

    The PC Has Become a Mainframe

    Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010 has managed to turn a PC into a mainframe. In fact it is much more like a mainframe than ever before. MultiPoint provides the ability to allow multiple people to use a single computer simultaneously. Using their own monitors, keyboard, and mouse, they have access to the Windows machine in much the same way that terminals could access a mainframe in the 80s.

    It seems that the more things change, the more they return to the same!

    Of course when you hear MultiPoint Server, you might cringe as a developer as there is a fair chance that you use more than one machine versus th intent of MultiPoint, which is to have multiple users on one machine. However, this does give you new opportunities for writing applications, so that should peak your interest. In fact, there is a MultiPoint 1.5 SDK that you can freely download to develop applications.

    One of the fun things this SDK will allow you to do is to create support for multiple mouses (mice?) in your application. In fact, you can build applications that support up to 25 simultaneous users on a single PC. Each of these users can even have their own mouse! There is even a guide for getting started available online.

    If you check out the SDK and build a cool application, be sure to share it with the rest of us at Codeguru. Of course, feel free to share your thoughts on the MultiPoint Server -- or the concept of the software -- in the comments below!

    For more on MultiPoint Server you can see the Microsoft press release

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    LotsOfSoftware, LLC

  2. #2
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    Feb 2002

    Re: The PC Has Become a Mainframe

    Interesting. However, hasn't Linux provided this ability since it's inception?


  3. #3
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    Re: The PC Has Become a Mainframe

    I guess the difference here is that 25 users can actively use the same program? Like 25 users that all paint in a common area thru multiple "main"-windows?
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2002

    Re: The PC Has Become a Mainframe

    Ahh, I'd have to see a demo. I took this to mean that each user would log in, and have their own desktop (like multiple users logging into a *NIX box).


  5. #5
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    Jun 2008

    Re: The PC Has Become a Mainframe

    Well there is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Pointer_X I never tried it.
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  6. #6
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    Re: The PC Has Become a Mainframe

    How many people can I share my work or projects with?

    You can share individual documents or workspaces with up to 100 people for online collaboration.

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