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Pano Logic's 'Zero Client' Cube

Eye of the Needle by David Needle (bio)

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — Long before PCs, there were computer terminals tied to mainframes. That’s how computing was done. These terminals were called “dumb” because they didn’t have much in the way of internal processing, their main function was to provide access to the almighty mainframe — think old black and white science fiction movies.

Over the years, these terminals, or thin clients as they’re called these days, have gotten “smarter,” sporting more local processing and storage that can make them a cost-effective alternative to PCs, particularly for users who run a limited number of applications.

Enter Pano Logic which wants to return to the good old dumb days — and for good reason. I wrote about the debut of the company’s innovative Pano cube two years ago. Pano didn’t seem be making much traction, but I was interested to see a year later that it hired John Kish, the former CEO of thin client leader Wyse, to head the company.

During a recent visit to Pano Logic’s headquarters here, Kish held one of the shiny silver Pano cubes in his hand and explained why this new generation of dumb is delightful.

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