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Old 03-01-08, 02:56 PM
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so much fun surely in pondering the possibilities. Can this thread come back alive now?
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Old 03-01-08, 09:49 PM
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I've been using a Palm TX but I ran across a hack involving a USB flash drive with a portable OS loaded on it. All you do is reboot that public computer with your portable OS and now you've just turned that computer into the same one you have at home. No worries about viruses as your not using the hijacked computers hard drive at all. The person that came up with this fantastic hack added a USB Wi-Fi dongle that would work the portable OS so no worries about the Ethernet card in the hijacked computer being compatible with Linux. I added a USB SD card reader to mine so I could send photos and videos directly from my cameras SD card. I already had all the stuff to build the Linux leech and found it worked great. Here is the link.
http://www.instructables.com/id/LINUX-LEECH/

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Old 03-02-08, 12:01 AM
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Good Idea

Very interesting , a good possibility. Specific to Linux? Or can you also use other o/s?
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Old 03-02-08, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by knatchwa View Post
Very interesting , a good possibility. Specific to Linux? Or can you also use other o/s?

Slax is the only portable OS I've found so far. It is a version of Linux so any hardware you find may or may not load on it. I've been playing around with it and have found I really like it. My main computer uses XP but I scrounged up enough parts to build a dedicated Slax computer. I did not install a Hard drive in it at all, I just use my Linux Leech with it. One thing I need to do is make a background with a fake IE bar so people who happen to look at the screen of a hijacked computer think I'm using IE. Late yesterday evening I had stopped at a Library and hijacked one of the computers so I could upload some photos. A guy sitting next to me noticed I was not using IE and asked why I could access Photobucket on the computer I was using and the one he was using was blocking it. I said that something must be wrong with the computer he was using and commented about how flaky Microsoft OS programs are. He smiled and said I must be right as most computers using Microsoft OS's act weird on even good days.
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Old 03-02-08, 08:56 AM
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(I'm the OP)

That's a neat idea, but i need to actually be running Windows, so it won't do the trick. Also, I'm not thinking that libraries will let me take over one of their computers for a whole day or two at a time, to actually work.

To those that mentioned Palm type devices, I need the screen to be 10" minimum.

I'm seeing the options as
1) laptop in handlebar bag & take it with you (new bigger HB bag)
2) replace HB bag with front trunk rack & take it with you (new rack, new bag)
3) bury the laptop deep, keep it stealth, and hope for the best (no new anything)

still haven't decided which I will use, i might go on a mission to find and play with tiny laptops today, if it stops snowing so hard.
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Old 03-03-08, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
Thanks all. Neil G, a dimension-confirmation would be much appreciated, I have a different bar bag but it's almost ready to be replaced anyway.
Yep, it fits just fine. Normally I keep mine in a homemade bubble-wrap envelope, and I didn't have that here, but it looked like there would still be enough room for that.

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I really wish I could find a P1610 to actually see and try, to determine if the screen is big enough.
Well it's not really if it's "big enough", the real question is really if the resolution is high enough, isn't it? So can't you just resize a current monitor to 1280x768 (drag up the Start Bar if you need to convert a 4x3 to widescreen) and see if that works for you?

The only potential "size" issue would seem to be the keyboard. But like I said, it's been my main computer for years, and I have big hands and have had no problem touch-typing on it from the beginning. So I don't see that being much of an issue.

And if you're doing GUI design, shouldn't you just be making everything so that it DOES work well at low resolutions anyhow? (there is just one stupid window in Quicken that gives me trouble on my 1024x600 display)

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Old 03-03-08, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by RayB View Post
Physical security is fairly important obviously. But do be sure to also secure your data. Use something like Truecrypt (free) to create an encrypted volume to store any private/sensitive information while on tour, it is bad enough loosing a laptop, but to have someone gain access to your email and who knows what else. That is the pits.
Good advise on the security on the data. The latest version of truecrypt for windows will do whole drive encryption, that, once applied, has been reported to have faster disk access than an unencrypted drive (go figure).

Loosing a laptop can be costly, loosing your data to someone else can spell disaster.

Geeky hands on review of truecrypt 5 can be heard here
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Old 03-03-08, 08:10 PM
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Apparently Asus is coming out with the Eee PC900 notebook which will have a 9" display. Capable of running Windoze. It is still "some months from launching".

Article here: http://forum.brighthand.com/showthread.php?t=255053
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Old 03-03-08, 10:15 PM
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Neil, thanks for posting the pix, it looks like a great fit.

As to the question of big enough and GUI - you're just going to have to believe me that size does matter. It's not GUI that I'm designing that's the problem, it's the dev. environment's GUI.

I'm frighteningly close to pulling the trigger on this.

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Old 03-03-08, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by The Smokester View Post
Apparently Asus is coming out with the Eee PC900 notebook which will have a 9" display. Capable of running Windoze. It is still "some months from launching".

Article here: http://forum.brighthand.com/showthread.php?t=255053
Uh-oh.... now do I have to wait for this? ARGH!!!!
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Old 03-04-08, 09:06 AM
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I'm bidding on ebay... cross your fingers for me!
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Old 03-04-08, 09:18 AM
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I'm bidding on ebay... cross your fingers for me!
Good luck. Let us know what you get. I am particularly interested since I need to get an "expedition" laptop soon.
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Old 03-04-08, 02:09 PM
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Lost my auction, waiting for another one to come up.
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Old 03-05-08, 02:05 AM
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so goes the experiences ... Wish you the best of luck in the next ... still trying to figure out the solution.
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Old 03-05-08, 01:11 PM
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I'd go with a waterproof backpack strapped on top of the front rack or perhaps a pannier backpack adapter (like this one). Then I'd keep all my "valuables" in that pack (or pannier). A backpack bungeed on the front rack platform should be only slightly less convenient than a handlebar bag, but will fit a laptop much easier. Also, I found a handlebar bag with a shoulder strap to be uncomfortable to carry off the bike for day hikes, so a backpack would be better in that regard. And if I go without a handlebar bag, I can more easily mount aero bars to give my upper body a rest when needed. Good luck finding a good solution!
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Old 03-07-08, 01:25 PM
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I pulled the trigger, won the auction, my new toy will be here in a few days.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:21 AM
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depending on where you are traveling - - i have found that hotels tend to have computers available for guests. perhaps you could confirm this ahead of time and connect your computer to their monitor? just a thought....
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Originally Posted by avatarworf View Post
We almost always leave it in hotel rooms but don't leave our key at the desk so they can't clean our room.
Uh, at every single hotel I've ever stayed in, the cleaning staff had master keys to let them into any room. They have no need whatsoever for your room key.
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Old 07-19-08, 07:34 PM
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We almost always leave it in hotel rooms but don't leave our key at the desk so they can't clean our room.
Sorry, but are you under some misguided impression that if you don't leave your key at the desk that housekeeping can't open your room? Housekeeping and maintenance at any hotel can open pretty much any room with the keys the carry, they don't need yours.

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I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I have a question: How do you pack a laptop in your panniers, etc, to avoid beating it to death? I've kind of wanted to take my laptop on a tour, but haven't dared because of this concern.
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Old 07-21-08, 01:41 AM
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Hi

so far I didn't travel with a notebook. But I want. For me a Panasonic Thoughbook is the only alternative... but not cheap.

Regarding theft. My camera is quite more expensive than a notebook - okay the camera I take most times with me. But there are exceptions:
- shopping in the middle of nowhere
- taking a shower in campgrounds

Nothing happenend so far.

I also have some value stuff in my panniers (e.g. flash 500 EUR). On day-hike I left my full packed bike on a parking lot with all the valueable stuff in - No theft from human beings so far (only monkeys stolen some food and smaller items...)

In a backpacker once they broke-up the locker and stolen my business notebook, PDA...

My opion: The risk is always there, but there is no special risk on bike tours.

I expect more risk of a crash of the notebook on bumpy roads (rooty single trails) that I travel - that's why I recommend the toughbook (also the battery last quite long)

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Old 07-21-08, 08:18 PM
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Update:

(I am the OP)

On the road touring with my Fujitsu P1610 in my handlebar bag, it survived week one. The handlebar bag is ALWAYS with me, including in the shower (well, just outside the shower). So far, so good, knock on wood.

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