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Old 02-28-2007
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One advantage that most laptops have over the "mini-PC" variants is their built-in battery backup. When the DC power on a boat starts to get low, the chance of you losing data and damaging files on the hard drive go way up. With a laptop or notebook computer, the battery allows you a buffer between when the boat's DC supply is too low to support the computer and when you will start to lose files, and gives you a chance to gracefully shut down the OS.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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