PC Killer or this year's Newton? Thinking about network computers

Walt Crawford (Senior analyst for The Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG), and was the 1995 winner of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Publication date: 1 April 1996


By now, you have surely heard of the Network Computer or NC. The author has been poking fun at the NC in “Trailing Edge Notes” (Library Hi Tech News) for several months. This article takes a more serious look at NCs and related “simple computers.” While the author considers the grand conception of NC to be universal appliance is probably nonsense, there are niches for which some form of NC may make sense—and other niches, some large, where administrators may prefer NCs for various reasons. The author considers the NC and related devices as dispassionately as possible, notes some of the reasons for the absurd hype surrounding NCs, and suggests where they might offer legitimate promise.


Crawford, W. (1996), "PC Killer or this year's Newton? Thinking about network computers", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 119-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb048045

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