A New York-based startup, Neverware, hopes to breathe new life into old computers with its Juicebox a100 virtual desktop appliance, which can deliver Windows 7 virtual desktops to one hundred terminals as long as they all meet its lenient hardware requirements: a 500MHz processor, 128MB RAM and an Ethernet port. In case you are wondering, it requires absolutely no hard drive storage on the client side. Having put the technology through its paces in a couple of schools, Neverware's 25-year-old founder Jonathan Hefter is now working on a beta.
It is more than likely that you have heard of something similar in the past, but to Hefter's credit he managed to come up with this impressive technology from the garage of his parents' house sans any formal computer education. Described as “quite a mensch” by his mother in an interview with the New York Observer, Hefter has always been driven by a strong desire to bring about change. He wants schools, city governments and non-profits to free themselves from the need to upgrade every four or five years at a huge environmental and economic cost. However, there is no word on the price of the Juicebox a100.