stand-alone PC

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stand-alone PC

A desktop or laptop computer that is used on its own without requiring a connection to a local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). Although it may be connected to a network, it is still a stand-alone PC as long as the network connection is not mandatory for its general use.

In offices throughout the 1990s, millions of stand-alone PCs were hooked up to the local network for file sharing and mainframe access. Today, computers are commonly networked in the home so that family members can share an Internet connection as well as printers, scanners and other peripherals. When the computer is running local applications without Internet access, the machine is technically a stand-alone PC.


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These were being investigated having been moved onto a standalone computer system, according to inspectors.
The central bank said, 'It is observed that the level of technology adoption is different across the banks in this sector - some banks offering state of the art digital products to its customers and some banks maintaining their books of account in a standalone computer and using e-mail for communicating with its customers/supervisors/other banks.
The Mac mini is a standalone computer that doesn't come with its own monitor, keyboard or mouse.
Saket Modi: The way a worm works is that you definitely need to execute a particular worm, either on a standalone computer, or one that is connected to a network.
Students will be able to bring laptops and tablets in to use - the day of the standalone computer has gone.
Students will be able to bring laptops and tablets into use - the day of the standalone computer has gone.
As recently as a decade ago when you went to a hospital, registration was performed by a clerk who filled out paper forms, typed some basic information into a standalone computer, made photocopies of insurance cards and then passed you on to the next in line.
During the following 20 years, FSM was upgraded, but even today still requires the use of a standalone computer with a floppy disk drive.
The initial system consisted of handheld ID card readers and a standalone computer. The PSO analyzed the system's capabilities and developed protocols for importing the lists of those who were barred from post or had suspended driving privileges and for extracting and recording every transaction that occurred in each reader.
Previously, each maintenance activity kept its logbooks in an MS-DOS-based program on a standalone computer and sent a monthly disk containing updates to Indian Head.