Needed: Easier Dual Computing
I know of a simple way to sell a lot more computers in the U.S.: dual computing.
Sometimes your computer is not available and working properly. Its hardware is malfunctioning, or its software is screwed up, or it is preoccupied with video rendering or some other processor-intensive task, or it is going through some kind of diagnostic process. Or maybe it is working fine, but for some reason it is not able to install and run a piece of hardware — VoIP, say, or some video device. Or you want to test a piece of hardware while maintaining your connection with the Internet, or while continuing to write up the test process or do some other work at the same time. Or it needs to be rebooted so that some software can install. Or maybe it needs to boot into a different operating system. Or maybe you wish that it *could* boot into some other operating system — Linux, say, or Mac.
For various reasons, it can be handy to have a second computer. This can be done: just buy or build a second computer. That means a whole separate bulky, space-consuming case, and all the ingredients that go into it. You’ve got extra electricity consumption, extra heat production, and extra noise. Then, if you want to run both computers from a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you have to learn about KVM switches, ghosting, and other problems and fixes.
After losing a large amount of time to some hardware issues last year, I decided to go ahead with the process of setting up two computers. It has been worthwhile. I would think, though, that it would be possible to make dual computing more of a common thing — to design a case, say, that would work with two motherboards, or a motherboard that would not only support two computers but that would also be able to combine the forces of those computers for especially demanding applications. Hard drives could be internal or external; basically, all of the things that a person wants with two computers could be incorporated into one redesigned computer case — permitting, say, removal of a nonworking motherboard (or its processor-supporting daughterboard) from one side of the case while the other side was still powered up.
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