[plug] OT: mil spec laptop, nothing to do with linux but interesting anyway
pma-la at milleng.com.au
Mon Feb 4 22:45:52 WST 2008
A friend of mine represents Toughbooks in Perth... his demos are fun and
involve much throwing of laptops to the horror of onlookers :-)
Contact me off list if you'd like his details.
Steve Baker wrote:
> Panasonic Toughbook comes immediately to mind, they are (apparently) the
> best in this area. There is also the iTronix GoBook, now owned by
> General Dynamics. There are others, google for 'ruggedized notebook'
> (yes, with a zee).
> Whatever brand you go for, be aware that these are not cheap.
> Peter Sutter wrote:
>> Enlighted ones,
>> 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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