[plug] OT: mil spec laptop, nothing to do with linux but interesting anyway
sutterp at sopac.com.au
Mon Feb 4 20:43:22 WST 2008
It appears everything is fitted with a computer of some sort nowadays.
Trucks, Frontend Loaders, Cars, Boats etc, all appears to be computerised and
needs to be re-programmed from time to time, because it looses its marbles or
goes otherwise dead.
I am after a laptop, preferably in a metal case, that can withstand outdoor
conditions like use in a thunderstorm, blizzard, desert, boat, can be knocked
around, doesn't mind to be dropped, drenched or otherwise misused and abused,
can run of its own batteries or if need be from 12V DC or 24V DC or 48V DC
on-board power and lasts for a lifetime, runs 'arrrgh' windows XP. Its
primary use is to connect to vehicle's 'diagnosis computer' and exchange
communications with these 'onboard' devices under 'all-weather' conditions.
It is to be done by mechanics who understand very little of computing, but
have the training to use the software. For them it;s going to be just another
tool like a spanner or a hammer, that can be thrown into their toolbox and be
left exposed to the elements.
What model/make/brand do you suggest or have in mind?
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