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Nec Introduces the Laptop Without A Hard Disk

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Helpdesk' started by clau, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. clau

    clau Guest

    The Japanese company Nec has developed a laptop for corporate users that does not include in its configuration a hard disk. Named PC Parafield, the computer was developed as a replacement to the actual client systems and combines the possibility to work anywhere with improved data security.

    Conventional laptops can be used anywhere, but they represent a security risk because they can be stolen. The new Nec system does not

    store data by default, needing a network connection to the company's servers. But such a connection is not always available.

    The new laptop without a hard disk stores the operating system and the software applications locally in the flash ROM memory, the system being able to work without a network connection. Flash ROM memories are usually used for storing BIOS and firmware in electronic devices, but they have limited reprogramming possibilities.

    Apparently, PC Parafield looks like a normal laptop, and its specifications are standard besides the absence of the hard disk. It features an Intel Pentium M processor that runs at 1,73 GHz and has Windows XP Professional OS. 3 GB of flash ROM are available for storing the operating system and the additional software, and the featured RAM memory is 512 MB. The display has a 1024 X 768 pixels resolution (XGA), measuring 12 inches.

    Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Nec-Introduces-The-Laptop-Without-A-Hard-Disk-13661.shtml

    I have read this article several times but still I don't understand it. It need network connection or it does not? Where are stored the works of a day?
  2. Robster

    Robster Guest

    I would guess that if you don't have a network connection it temporarily stores data on the Flash card then syncronises files with the network the next time you have a connection.
  3. clau

    clau Guest

    Than what is the point? They say that the point of a laptop like this is that even if they steel the laptop they can't steel your data. Beside, 3 GB of space for OS and other software on that memory, just the Win XP is more than 1.5 Gb.
  4. Jess

    Jess Guest

    The point I would imagine is that your work for the last month won't be on the machine. Only the last day, so it will be a lot more secure.

    MI5 / MI6 already started using machines like this straight after one of their agents left their laptop on a train. Great secure country we live in hey ;)

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