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Re: [K12OSN] local devices - PCMCIA

On Wed, 2007-05-16 at 20:46 -0400, Rob Owens wrote:
> On Wed, May 16, 2007 at 06:36:09PM -0500, Peter Scheie wrote:
> > Why do your users want to use the local drives for storage?  The whole 
> > point of thin clients is that everything is stored on the server so the 
> > admin (you) only have to worry about one machine, and the users can 
> > login on any client and have their files be present.  The Windows/Mac 
> > "everyone has a full computer system" paradigm is a terrible 
> > architecture in this respect, wasteful, and expensive.  What is it the 
> > users think using the local disk will do for them?
> I think it's the idea that the local hard drive gets locked up in their
> office at night, so they think it's more secure for their private files.
> In a way they're right.  I could read anything I want to that's on the
> server (with root / administrator rights), but I'd have a hard time
> accessing a hard drive that's in a locked office.  Not that they're
> trying to protect their data from me, but they understand lock-and-key
> security better than network security.

Just remind them that all data not accessible to the sysadmin is not
getting backed up and is their problem to restore. :)
> -Rob
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