The Wyse 286 PC (model WY-2108 for the curious) used to have an LCD display on the front panel. You could write messages to it using a MS-DOS based utility. In theory, you could use it to display messages when something failed. But, I always wondered, how could you do that when something failed?
No, I don’t know either.
Some junior computer operators, who should have known better, used to write *naughty* words, which would greatly annoy Kathy the Supervisor.
But if I had one right now, it would sit with the other 7 crap IT products I shouldn’t have brought, as the Linux support is poor.
The Wyse PC picture is courtesy of Mike’s Computer Museum and it is a Wyse WY-2116i PC
(looks the same as the WY-2108, except for the LCD panel).
Our Wyse 286, when not displaying *naughty* words, was used for creating system availability reports, with the MultiMate word processor.