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New Kiosk - Do I need Webserver or host?  Can I send mail from webform without server software?  How can I lock it down?

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I am implementing a new Kiosk to advertise our business.  The kiosk will be a professional touch screen enabled device with a PC inside the base running XP Professional.

I throught that with some local html and IE I could enable the Kiosk to present information and then on request display a web form to be submitted via email to an address back at our office.

The presentation materials are 100-500mb plus video files to reside (where?) maybe locally on the PC so they do not have to be downloaded continuously from the internet, slowing performance.  Therefore I do not want the web page hosted on the net but rather on the local box.  Unless I can reference the local video files without a web server program.  

Can I accomplish my goal without a website on a hosted platform some place not local to the PC?

If yes, do I need to have web server software like PWS, IIS, or Apache running locally?

Can I have an internet based site that points to local video files to play them without user interaction?

I am somewhat skilled with HTML, PHP, Javascript.  

What would be the fastest, simplest way to get this done?

Summary

I have two basic issues:
1)  How to create the presentation?  (meaning, platform, software, language, & technique so it will be locally cached to avoid long slow full screen video content downloads.

2)  How to effectively lock down windows so that it will only do what I ask:
         a)  Display Presentation
         b)  Display request form to use
         c)  Send the form via email to me.




How to create the presentation and how and where should it reside, locally or on a distant web server, if so, how to solve the problem of the large video files?
How to lock down the device and still allow import of the web form?



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by:Ray Paseur
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Have a look here:
http://www.kis-kiosk.com/

A lot of the heavy lifting has already been done!
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by:rfreeman1960
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This site does not offer the information I need.  I already have the hardware, the Kiosk, the banner, the base, the guts and the PC hardware that was already purchased from a Kiosk Vendor.  I need to program the PC inside to do what I have indicated.  This KIS-KIOSK appears to be a hardware and services vendor.  I need to do this myself but needs some guidence.  Sorry but that was no help.
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I am dropping the question.
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by:Ray Paseur
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It would have been helpful if you had told us that you already had all that stuff!  Good luck... ~Ray
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