Sneak was impressed to learn that with appropriate fibre-optic technology it is now possible to extend the keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) cables of a PC so that they are up to 10km long. This allows a user to sit at a safe distance from a PC that may, for example, be connected to an old soviet-era uninterruptible power supply (the kind with the boron control-rods that tend to get a bit sticky with age). There may be other reasons for adopting the layout, but Sneak can't for the moment think what they might be. One drawback does spring readily to mind, however. If the keyboard, monitor and mouse are 10,000 metres away from the system unit, what happens when - as does happen, particularly in the Windows world - the system locks up and needs to be restarted by a judicious prod of the restart button? Even an Olympic athlete would need an hour or more for the round trip. Unless, of course, such KVM kits come with a really, really long stick.
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