• Subject: Re: AS/400 .vs. NT
  • From: Jim Langston <jlangston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 08:27:54 -0800
  • Organization: Conex Global Logistics Services, Inc.

The fact is, if there are PCs on people's desks, people are going to
want them to other things than 5250 emulation, just because they can.
Whether it's management or the users themselves.  If people have dumb
tubes, they don't expect to do anything else on them.

Once you get PCs, you have to start upgrading them because management
saw something they think would be great for their PC, even though they
could do the same thing on the AS/400.

A network soon takes on a life of it's own.

Once you start getting PCs, the cost of ownership goes up on them. Period.
No matter what the reason.

I am not saying that PCs are not great to have on people's desks instead of
dumb tubes.  In fact, I think PCs are a bit better just because they can do
a lot more.  My point was only that a PC on someone's desk is going to cost
you a lot more in the long run than a dumb tube on someone's desk.

Regards,

Jim Langston

Walden Leverich wrote:

> Jim,
>
> Sorry, but I must disagree. It is true that you pay $500 for the dumb
> terminal and $700 for the PC, but why are you upgrading the PCs? Why are you
> buying Office, why are you adding more memory, why are you adding new
> drivers?
>
> These costs are not required costs if you are using the PC for nothing but
> green-screen emulation. If you need the features provided by Office and new
> versions of the OS then you are using the PC for more than you are using the
> green screen for and the comparison is no longer valid.
>
> JMTCW,
> -Walden

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