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Over Achiever
Dec 12, 2002, 08:46 AM
Ok, I've thought about this question. If you're high up in Andes, or need to do some business in rural areas, how do you bring your office with you without plugging into a wall outlet?

The Battery
If you're out about in the country every day, you need a battery that will give you power for at least ten hours. Check out the Electrovaya Powerpad 160 (http://67.69.6.173/products/pp160/index.html), a 160 W-hr battery slightly larger than a sheet of paper 3/8" thick.
http://67.69.6.173/big_pics/powerpad160a.jpg

The Computer
On the PC side, if you want a really big screened portable computer, then look no further than the Xentex FlipPad Voyager (http://www.xentex.com/home.html). Quad folding design gives you two 13.3" screens to combine to form a large 20" screen.
http://www.xentex.com/image/homeseq.gif
On the Mac side, the obvious choice is the Gigahertz Superdrive Powerbook (http://www.powerbook.com) which is the ultimate portable computer. You can burn your DVDs here too.
http://a772.g.akamai.net/7/772/51/e2ffcedbcf5f56/www.apple.com/powerbook/images/graphics_playdvd11042002.jpg

The Printer
If you ever need to print off that contract to sign right that minute, then the HP Deskjet 450 (http://h50014.www5.hp.com/dj450/public/450index.shtml) is what you need. It doesn't skimp on quality (1200x1200 up to 4800x1200), on speed (up to 9 ppm black, 8 ppm color), or connectivity (USB, Ir, or bluetooth). It can print off of a battery which can last up to 350 prints per charge.
http://a.r.tv.com/cnet.1d/i/uff/20584420/ovr/20584420_5_above_300.gif

The Scanner
If you have a printer, why not bring along a scanner? The CanoScan LiDE 30 (http://www.usa.canon.com/html/conCprProductDetail.jsp?modelid=6623&item=6633&section=10217) isn't a bad choice. It draws power from the USB port so you don't need an AC Adapter. Its also nice and thin as it is 1" thick.
http://www.usa.canon.com/cpr/image/Consumer/LiDE30_l.jpg

Just some thoughts...did I miss anything?

lmalave
Dec 12, 2002, 10:28 AM
Jeez! You'll definitely need a llama to carry all that stuff up the Andes! How about just a nice, light 12.1" iBook :D

With an extra battery you can get 10 hours (granted you have to shut down your machine to switch batteries). The main think you would need, I think, is some kind of satellite based Internet access. For that you'd need an Iridium satellite phone and use its data service, offering a whopping 10 Kbps data transfer rate:

http://www.iridium.com/product/iri_product-detail.asp?productid=436

Except data connectivity is only through a 9-pin serial cable, and the software is only for PC, so I dont' even know if it's possible to use with a Mac :(

jefhatfield
Dec 12, 2002, 01:50 PM
get a sub notebook and a docking station so you can leave all the stuff back at the cabin or whatever

you don't want to get stuck carrying a lot out in the woods or mountains

the sony c1 notebook is under 2.5 lbs and with a couple extra batteries, you are set

i wish apple had a mini notebook like that

Over Achiever
Dec 12, 2002, 01:56 PM
Maybe I should explain some things...

This is just an idea, a vision...I'm not actually going to do all this in the Andes.:D This could be in a car, on the farm, down in Antarctica, etc. I was going towards more of the power user that can go portable, hence the Xentex or the scanner :eek: or the printer...that particular printer isn't the most portable, but it performs as well as any printer in an office. :)