A question bankers once faced in their branches - whether to deploy personal computers or "dumb" terminals - has returned with the advent of network computers.

Touted by vendors like Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., network computers, or NCs, are stripped-down PCs built to rely heavily on powerful networked server computers. The idea is that doing without "desktop intelligence" can save money on purchase and maintenance.

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