[sf-lug] Outdoor Computing

Jim Cortez jim at jimcortez.com
Mon Apr 6 09:42:18 PDT 2009

I have played with one, but I think the keyboard and monitor are too small.

jim wrote:
>    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
>> _______________________________________________
>> sf-lug mailing list
>> sf-lug at linuxmafia.com
>> http://linuxmafia.com/mailman/listinfo/sf-lug

sf-lug mailing list
sf-lug at linuxmafia.com

More information about the sf-lug mailing list