Okay, I've read all of the posts in this board and have concluded that there really isn't much info on these devices regarding hacks, mods, etc. So, if someone could answer these questions, I would be most appreciative:
1. Is there still a long delay in getting one of these? I checked the NIC site and it doesn't mention anything about any delay - so can I assume I could purchase one and receive it in a reasonable time frame (1 week)?
2. How difficult is it to get Windows 98 on these? I've perused some of the linked sites and it appears that some of the information is a bit sketchy and out of date. I've seen people selling Win98 "Boot CD-ROMs", but was wondering what type of physical modifications need to be made, if any.
3. My idea for these devices are to use them simply as terminals for different rooms within my house. I currently use ePods for wireless portability, Win CE Terminal Services Client, and Windows 2000 Server. ePods are great for their portability, but they lack computing power (hence the use of the TS client, but still, they're even slow at even rendering a terminal screen). So my question is, how easy is it to set up an Oracle NIC in pretty much the same fashion? Obviously, the NIC will be able to handle more processor intensive apps at the client level like audio and video playback.
4. What is the default operating system that is shipped with the NIC? Some version of Unix? In this configuration is it possible to do what I mentioned in #3 above without having to MOD anything?
Thanks in advance for any information you can give me!
PS - Just curious as to why there's not that much activity in this thread. For $199 the NIC seems like a great deal for a terminal solution and would be great fun to hack - what am I missing? Why aren't more people hacking them?