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Re: Liveaboard computing.
How big is the space you have to work with, and how much of that space do you want your computing solution to occupy and how much power do you want it to consume?
I've got a netbook with a 10" screen, and a wireless keyboard for ease of input. I'm clumsy enough with a full size keyboard, let alone the liliputian facsimile on a netbook. Don't even get me started on thumbtyping on smartphones and touch-screen faux-keyboards on tablets. When I'm ranting, I want to be able to hear the keys wail in pain.
Stowed, the entire package is less than 18" x 8" x 2". It's fast enough.I'm running all of the usual business suspects- powerpoint, outlook, excel, word, publisher, a couple of photo editing programs and a crapload of CAD programs like Draftsight. All have functioned without fail, and my machine has never crashed on me. memory is adequate to store thousands of images and tens of thousands of pages of text, and with 16-32 gig thumbdrives now costing next to nothing, big storage now takes up less space than a deck of cards. If you're a gamer, or a content pirate, it's not gonna do what you want, but for an adult looking for a business solution it's been more than adequate.
Energy consumption is low, and screen size is adequate. If i had shorepower, or a dozen square feet of solar power, I might consider mounting a 20" monitor on the bulkhead, but this set-up has done the job for more than three years without fail, and with a total cost of under $300.
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Last edited by bljones; 07-26-2012 at 09:15 PM.