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Old 26 April 2006, 09:36   #11
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I always carry several tablets on board, nothing worse than a splitting head ache off the needles

On a serious note my father has a HP tablet for work, not a rugged model by any means and the screen is not brilliant outside in bright sunlight, it seems abit slow as well although i am used to a 3GHZ PC.
PBO did an article a while back on several PC's and lap tops for use in the marine environment, can probably get a back issue. I think the only person on here that could use a PC on board is JW in his dry cabin
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Old 26 April 2006, 09:41   #12
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I always carry several tablets on board, nothing worse than a splitting head ache off the needles

On a serious note my father has a HP tablet for work, not a rugged model by any means and the screen is not brilliant outside in bright sunlight, it seems abit slow as well although i am used to a 3GHZ PC.
PBO did an article a while back on several PC's and lap tops for use in the marine environment, can probably get a back issue. I think the only person on here that could use a PC on board is JW in his dry cabin
Those Xplore tablet PCs with the Allvue screen should be fine in bright sunlighht - thats what it is designed for (Quote from their website : AllVue, an advanced LCD technology that can be viewed in all lighting conditions including indoors, under fluorescent lighting, in direct sunlight, and on overcast days.). Its just as waterproof as your radio or chartplotter - so why do you say you need a cabin ???
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Old 26 April 2006, 09:52   #13
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so why do you say you need a cabin ???
Im not sure I would want a something as valuable as a tablet PC on an open rib thats all, I have an older phone as it which I put my sim card into when im out on the boat. Although, if its designed specifically for the purpose I can't see why it isn't a good idea, although I expect a decent colour chart plotter would do the task equally as well and substantially under cut it.

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Agreed - I think a chart plotter would actually be superior as its designed for the job - easy to use buttons and menus designed for use whilst under way - PC based navigation software seems to be aimed at yachts for use at the nav station where a mouse etc can be used.
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Old 26 April 2006, 10:14   #15
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I use a CF18 http://www.toughbook-europe.com/ENG/notebook_cf-18.aspx
with built in GPS/GPRS etc both on the Sweden and rib, so far has worked well

I went this route, as i needed a chartplotter repeator at the helm of yacht, just seamed a better way of doing it, and now have full computer ascess as well,
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Old 26 April 2006, 11:23   #16
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I stuck a PC chart plotter on a big boat (90foot) a few weeks back. And despite the separate wheel house etc afforded by such a craft the mouse is still a bit tricky at times trying to aim at the correct button on the screen… nice graphics and it is working fine and it was cheep (100 quid all in don’t ask) but on a RIB with one of these wee mouse pad things on the keyboard not a chance…. And they are a heck of a lot more cash than a proper Garmin unit. Mind you don’t get DVD drives on a Garmin so there is justification.
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Old 26 April 2006, 12:43   #17
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With flash ram increasing in size all the time solid state is the way to go - no stupid spinning disks.
Problem is that these flash devices can only be written to a certain number of times
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Old 26 April 2006, 12:45   #18
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What got me thinking about this was I came across some aluminium LCD monitors recently that were sunlight viewable and waterproof. Very expensive but I could get one cheap if I had a suitable PC to plug it into. I could get a touchscreen one to avoid the mouse problem. Is it worth it?
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Problem is that these flash devices can only be written to a certain number of times
Newer drives are meant to have wear levelling algorithms to avoid this problem. Anyone making PCs with these in as I have not seen any?
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Newer drives are meant to have wear levelling algorithms to avoid this problem. Anyone making PCs with these in as I have not seen any?
I don't think it's the drives so much as the filesystems. FAT and NTFS are designed for magnetic disks, but something like JFFS2 on Linux is designed to address the problem.
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