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Just buy the damn thing, then you can sit in bed, take it to the park or a mates house and generally sit on the sofa while being 1337. While its impossible to do proper work on a laptop there still handy tools. Now if only someone made a laptop with the ability to use it as a screen/keyboard/mouse for a server...

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buy the laptop,  boot it up, put the banana phone song on it, open the song in a program that supports repeat, set it to repeat, push play, and then run around the house playing the song. See how many people you can annoy.

And for bonus, repeat the above procedure in a public library, and see how long it takes to get kicked out.

Extra bonus: turn the volume up to max, and then sneak up behind someone sitting on a park bench at the park, and push play.

Ok, they aren't good reasons, but hey, they give you something to do for awhile, and you get to annoy people in the process.

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VGA in along with someway of keyboard/mouse in. I've never need anything that can do this. Basically VNC at the hardware level.

It's a hack and a half but it's possible... You *could* get a PCMCIA capture card for the laptop and a VGA->S-Video/Composite adapter for the server (or use a video card with TV-out) and feed that to the laptop via the capture card. That sorts the video.

For the keyboard and mouse the only thing I can think of is making a small board and piece of software that takes the input from the laptop's keyboard and mouse, feeds it out the serial port, where the board converts that to PS/2 that would be fed in to the server's PS/2 ports.

Edit: Or one of these: http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=18559

Edit: http://www.realvnc.com/pipermail/vnc-annou...002/000029.html has some interesting info regarding my earlier idea.

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