Your solution? A Thin client......A THIN WHAT??
A thin client, a thin client is basically a stripped down computer that is used as a window to the Terminal Server, some use complex platforms to connect to the server, but today I am using RDP because that was the easiest for me (and cheapest).
RDP??? RDP stands for Remote Desktop Protocol which is a handy way to connect to a computer from a remote location, say you are on buisness and you go OH CRAP you forgot a document on your home computer, all you have to do is have the computer turned on then connect to it from your laptop or whatever you are carrying with you, get the file and email it to your self and Finito! you are now out of hot water and you can brag to your friends.
Starting from scratch, expect to spend about $100-300, as for me, I spent about $41.99 to be exact, because I had the computer already as with the home network and everything else.
Step 1: Materials
1-Extra Computer (well, you could actually use the one you are using now), Running Windows XP PRO, Specs dont really matter, I am using a 2.6ghz with 512ram, any old one hiding in your closet would be fine.
2-Compaq Evo T20 Thin Clients (again you could use any type, I just used these because that is what I found on ebay) These can be purchased on ebay or mabey from a company thats liquidating, I even found some on craigslist! I found three of them for $.99 well plus $40 to ship, but they were new in box!
3-Wired Home network (Cat 5e preferably)
4-DSL or equal home connection