[sf-lug] Outdoor Computing
jim at well.com
Mon Apr 6 07:02:25 PDT 2009
depending on what you want to do, the XO box
may work for you (the little green One Laptop
Per Child product).
On Sun, 2009-04-05 at 20:19 -0700, Jim Cortez wrote:
> While enjoying the incredible weather at Baker beach today, I found
> myself wanting to get some work done outside, in bright bright sunlight.
> So here are some brief requirements for a machine that I want to build:
> * need to hook up to a battery of some kind
> * want about 5 hours of usability
> * need to see the screen in bright sunlight
> * need it to be semi-portable (meaning I can carry it to the beach)
> * needs to be sand proof
> * run Linux (Ubuntu or some derivative preferred)
> * have a budget of $600 (can probably machine things like a case if
> The main thing is the monitor and usability. I figure the use of an
> intel atom board would be efficient enough. I know the OLPC has an LCD
> that can switch to grayscale and is visible in bright sunlight, anyone
> know if anyone makes a larger version of this screen? Most of the time I
> will just be coding, so video and full color display is not really
> necessary. Looking for at least a 15' screen.
> Keyboard and mouse can be wired for power-conservation, but I prefer a
> full keyboard for coding.
> Does anyone have experience coming up with external power sources? Any tips?
> At some point I might break down and get a 3g pc card, but in the
> meantime I can make due with caching any data I would need beforehand. I
> think the atom boards have built in wifi.
> Any suggestions or commentary?
> Jim Cortez
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