Join Date: Mar 2012
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Re: Liveaboard computing.
Just to throw it out there: I am planning to build a oil cooled PC into an area of the boat yet to be decided, likely under wherever I decide I like to sleep the most.
Advantages are: hardware is totally protected from water/salt/corrosion, in a sealed oil bath except for power supply and hard drive.
Disadvantage is that warranty coverage is of course null and void.
A friend of mine and I had an oil PC in a rubbermaid tub for years, basically just filled the tub with oil, pulled the fans off the video card and motherboard and dropped it in.
It was amazing how warm it made the bed it was under at night, it was like an oil filled heater but getting double the usage since it was doing the computing as well, and the oil would slowly release heat over the evening.
I'll likely do it in an otter box or similar.
Otherwise I like a mid range laptop, enough power for photo edits, but low battery consumtion. Acer timelines aren't bad.
For power supply for anything not macintosh I'd go with the iGo charger.
AC or 12v DC in, laptop power and one USB power port out. Survived over 15, 000 km in a motorcycle tank bag charging a laptop on the bike last year so fine for a boat.
EDIT: LCD quality varies hugely, especially in the lower end. Often low end stuff is actually higher power consumption than the high end stuff tailored to long batt life.
Moisture sensors are the devil. Cell phones are getting even worse now, my neighbors phone quit from the moisture in the air, when it tripped it actually stops the phone working. NOT NICE.
Last edited by Jgbrown; 07-29-2012 at 07:42 PM.