"This solution (often called the server/thin client
model) has several advantages. The obvious one is, of course, that
you can give your old laptop a new lease of life without spending
money on memory or hard disk upgrades. Moreover, since all your
documents and files are stored on your desktop computer, you don't
have to worry about keeping your data on different machines in
"To accomplish the magical transformation of your laptop into a
powerful workhorse, you need to do two things: you have to install
and configure a VNC server on your desktop computer, and set up a
VNC client on your laptop. VNC is a system that allows you to
control a remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it.
And if you run the VNC client in full screen on your laptop, it's
almost impossible to tell that you are controlling a remote
machine. VNC is not the fastest system of its kind, but it is very
easy to configure and straightforward in use. And if you run it on
your home network, it is fast enough for most tasks."