[sf-lug] Outdoor Computing

jim 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
>       needed)
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Jim Cortez
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