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32BitsOnline: Rebel With a Clue: The Rebel.com OfficeServer (Netwinder) revisited.

May 18, 2000, 12:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

"If you remember my first impressions of Rebel.com's Netwinder... you might recall that although I was impressed with the diminutive unit, the setup utilities were less than optimal. My major complaint, at the time, was that they were decidedly Microsoft-centric, and unless you attached a monitor, mouse and a keyboard to the unit, you really had to have a windows box on your LAN to get the Netwinder installed."

"Happily, this has changed. Rebel.com tossed the 3.5" floppy and integrated the setup utilities for the Netwinder --now called the OfficeServer-- onto the quick start CD, allowing an OS-independent setup of the machine, a truly useful change in the whole procedure."

"...Remember that the OfficeServer is directed at the segment of the market that might not have a full time IT person available. The setup of this unit could very well be relegated to the same (un)fortunate individual who figured out how to change the toner cartridge in the printer, or the one who can clear FAX machine jams the fastest, or, God help you, the Boss, who has read too much about the "Internet appliance." On that level, the instructions are right on target as they cover everything just about anyone needs to know concerning the layout of the ports, how to plug it in and get it running."

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