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  • Hardware for onboard

    Well, not to long til I need to get things ready for Phase2, looking at all the hardware required.

    Currently I own a Sony Vaio laptop that is quite old, 17" screen, very heavy.

    So I am considering getting a little netbook to take with me, this a good idea? I'l have my external HDD with me too.

    Also, need a digital camera to take pictures for MNTB TRB, anyone got a recommendations as I have never owned one, do they have a recharge facility from the laptop, via USB, I don't really want to spend on batteries.

    So..

    1) Is getting a netbook a good idea?
    2) What digital camera should I get that I can charge from the netbook?
    3) Am I going to have any problems with power surges onboard?
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    Re: Hardware for onboard

    Originally posted by The H
    1) Is getting a netbook a good idea?
    2) What digital camera should I get that I can charge from the netbook?
    3) Am I going to have any problems with power surges onboard?
    1) No comment

    2) It depends if you like photography or not - I like being a budding photographer so I got a fairly expensive one - but any cheap one would do! Most can charge over USB - but not all - always worth checking before hand if you plan to use that.

    3) These occur - how often I think depends on how good your engineers are and age of ship etc. - I have yet to have a problem with them destroying equipment in my cabin. Although I tend to unplug my stuff when i'm not in the cabin, just incase. - I am sure chiefy can give a better opinion.
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    • #3
      Re: Hardware for onboard

      Originally posted by alistairuk

      1) No comment
      Haha I already know your views on this, but unfortunately current finances do not allow for any apple goodies..
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      • #4
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        3) I have never knowingly encountered or heard of problems resulting from onboard power. My equipment has always survived, as has all the ship's equipment. Perhaps this is a folk-tale from the dim and distant past.

        But you're the lecky!

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        • #5
          Re: Hardware for onboard

          Big power surges tend not to happen, as if things are that bad you would hope and expect the switchboard to look after it self and either blackout OR brown out (shedding non essential load etc) while the computers sort out the load ballance.

          That and most domestic use equipment (lappys etc) are quite robust on the power side, so long as you avoid the "Cult of Jobs"
          Trust me I'm a Chief.

          Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
          Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
          No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


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          • #6
            Re: Hardware for onboard

            I just remembered one power related problem. The external power supplies for the plasma TVs on one ship had a habit of failing after blackout recovery. Probably just a particuliarly sensitive model.

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            • #7
              Re: Hardware for onboard

              Possibley, without seeing them etc, we have had computers fail to reboot and found fried power boxes (internally) but when you look into it you tend to find htey are the older ones and probabley where tired anyway.

              Not the norm though, normally most stuff recovers well enough if in doubt switch it off when leaving your cabin...to be sure to be sure
              Trust me I'm a Chief.

              Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
              Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
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              • #8
                Re: Hardware for onboard

                Would you be likely to get an interweb allowance on board an LNG '02 year tanker through Inmarsat or the like?

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                • #9
                  Re: Hardware for onboard

                  an LNG '02 on an plate you say?
                  Hmmmmm Dunno a bit old mate :0

                  TBH age of ship means nothing, it'll depend on the company and if they have updated/ upgraded thier kit and then wether they are paying the bill or not. Maersk just added it to ALL thier box boats some of which are mucho older than '02

                  So the honest helpful answer (it's here somewhere)
                  It Depends

                  Trust me I'm a Chief.

                  Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
                  Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
                  No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


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                  • #10
                    Re: Hardware for onboard

                    Why not just buy an extension cord with surge protection?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hardware for onboard

                      ISTR that surge protectors are forbidden on RFAs. One caught fire or something somewhere and the usual kneejerk took hold. No idea if there's a more technical reason not to allow them though, since I'm not a lecky.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hardware for onboard

                        Originally posted by The H
                        1) Is getting a netbook a good idea?
                        1) For weight they're pretty sound, but they have small screens/speakers and don't play dvd's - incase you want to play dvd's/games.

                        My macbook is getting to about 4 years old now (i broke the disc drive) and the hdd is temperamental, but I'm just paying ?200 for these to be fixed before I leave. is cheaper than getting a new laptop and it'll last another couple of years i reckon.

                        but! you can pick some good laptops up for about 350-400 which would last you through sea time and uni
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                        • #13
                          Re: Hardware for onboard

                          Originally posted by turnbats
                          1) For weight they're pretty sound, but they have small screens/speakers and don't play dvd's - incase you want to play dvd's/games.
                          External DVD-RW drive for about ?50 IIRC. Speakers on my netbooks are about as good as my laptops, i.e. both are pretty crap. Headphones or external speakers if you plan on anything more than the most casual listening/watching.

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                          • #14
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                            I didn't think about a usb plug in to it! doh. But they still have small crappy screens
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                            • #15
                              Re: Hardware for onboard

                              Thanks for the info regarding the surge protectors.

                              I will most probably get myself a netbook, as they are lighter than laptops, and can be used more easily. (Screen size is not an issue as I can get a 10.1 inch netbook.

                              Any advice on a digital camera would be great however.
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