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terminal

 [ter´mĭ-nal]
1. forming or pertaining to an end.
2. a termination, end, or extremity, especially a nerve ending.
3. an input-output device that communicates with a computer and includes parts such as a keyboard and a printer.
dedicated terminal a terminal reserved for just one type of computer application.
dumb terminal a computer terminal capable both as an input device, sending data keyed in on the terminal keyboard, and as an output device, displaying data on a screen or printing it on paper. See also intelligent terminal.
intelligent terminal a computer terminal, or a microcomputer functioning as a terminal, that can process data files stored on mass storage devices (usually floppy disks). Such files may be either output files received from the host computer or input (command) files sent to the host computer. See also dumb terminal.
point of care terminal a computer terminal that serves as an input device to allow health professionals to enter data at the patient's bedside.

dumb terminal

Etymology: AS, tumb, mute; L, terminalis, end
a computer terminal that serves as an input or output device only and is incapable of performing any data-processing functions by itself. Compare intelligent terminal.
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A PC running some public do main software with a network in terface card can be cheaper than a dumb terminal to plug into an Ethernet system.
A client/server system was out of the question because the smaller facilities that didn't have networks couldn't afford to upgrade their $60 dumb terminals to $2,000 networked PCs.
Prolifics' tool kit allows transactional system development on over 40 platforms, creating compiled files, similar to JAVA, the require a run-time engine to create an executable for whatever platform the files are to be deployed on--the Web, all the X-Windows, Windows 95, and even old green-screen character-based dumb terminals.
Another popular alternative is to "front-end" the existing mainframe applications with personal computers replacing dumb terminals.
PC-Plus connects a PC with up to 31 dumb terminals by way of 16-bit PC-Slave expansion cards, which put the terminals online with the host PC and permit users to read or write on a hard disk as much as eight times faster than most LANs.
As the security audit bar rises and the payment security industry moves away from legacy dumb terminals and PC terminal emulators for key component management, demand is growing for a more secure solution," says Franck Greverie, Thales vice president in charge of information technology security activities.
Instead of placing processors on every desktop, (or in the case of the presalesman, in every hand), processing power will be concentrated with powerful servers, and applications will be "served" to dumb terminals in real time, often via the wireless Internet.
It can be run from any hardware with a web browser, including internet access devices and dumb terminals.
s 33,000 employees couldn't always communicate effectively with each other because of a lack of conformity among the computers in its worldwide networking system, which consisted of a variety of PCs, VAXes, and dumb terminals.
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In addition to processing efficiency, shared-processor systems (those using dumb terminals rather than computers) typically are 40% to 50% less costly than networked systems.
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