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A Mac for the ideal multimedia kiosk

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The author, Mitch Krayton, a specialist in the sector but also a developer for mac OS X, points out that a kiosk is not a desktop computer in the strict sense; unlike desktop computers, it must work almost without any assistance, except the scheduled ones, and give its best 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Above all, a kiosk must present information to be watched, to be used, must have the ability to present video and audio, handle large files and be able to operate with captivating multimedia content. Questom says Krayton, the one for whom the Mac was created and a task that has done very well since the beginning of its existence.

Mac OS X, the ideal system for kiosks Kiosks and public information systems are usually PC-based, but there are those who point out that it would be much easier and cheaper to use Macs. And to send the message, use one of the most widely read specialized magazines in USA, Kiosk Magazine.

A Mac-based kiosk, Krayton admits, at first glance seems to cost more. But the price is not the only element of evaluation when it comes to this type of installation. Above all, a kiosk with Mac OS costs less when it comes to maintenance and programming and this aspect must be taken into absolute consideration when talking about installations that are kept in operation by people who are paid to assist the machines.

Those concerned about the performance or compatibility of Mac-based kiosks have no reason to be. "The Mac supports all standards," says Krayton, "and if a file was written according to an industry standard it can either be converted to a Mac compatible one or it can be directly read by Mac." This is true for both files and hardware and software standards. Apple uses USB, FireWire and WiFi as well as systems for networking as common to the PC world such as TCP / IP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP and SSH Telnet.

All this, reiterates Krayton, not propaganda or a text written by a Mac fanatic. '' I am a businessman '' says the author 'and I make choices based on the profit that I can draw from it and on the benefits for customers.' This happened when he decided to use Mac OS X for public installations and kiosks.