Do disk drives support multiple logins? Even if they do, there would
certainly be some sort of limit which would eventually be hit.
>I guess if you hot-plug a disk drive and the "wrong" Windows
>machine logs in to it first, you can just unplug the disk, wait
>2 seconds for a login timeout, and then try again. That should
>be lots of fun.
Yup. I think a lot of us have convinced ourselves that "networking" would
be quite prevalent on 1394 busses, as 1394 will be "free" on new PCs and
TCP/IP will be available in the O/S. However, if you can't boot up more
than one PC per bus, you'll have a pretty boring network!
>But, Microsoft says that their treatment of printers will be
>different. They will only login to printers and other shared
>devices when they actually want to use the printer. So a printer
>with only one login could be shared by several Windows systems.
>Apple plans to do the same thing for printers using SBP-2.
Will they logout after printing? I think printer manufacturers will have
to assume that not all devices will logout, meaning that printers targeted
at anything other than a point-to-point environment will have to support
more than one login. I don't understand the resources required for each
login. We need to do that analysis before deciding upon a multi-login
model for printing.
>It is unfortunate that nobody from Microsoft seems to want to
>participate in this discussion. You can write to them at
>firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
>Apple Computer, Inc.
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