Our outsourcing company already has customers from New York to New Zealand and combined with my non profit work I’m going to be on the road more than ever before next year. I estimate I’ll probably be in at least 20 countries over at least 3 continents from Jan – Dec 08. That’s on planes, motorbikes, boats, jeepneys, trains, horses, trikes and all other kinds of transport you can possibly imagine. ie I’ll be pretty much in the ‘field’ so to speak! Seeing as I chew through laptops every year I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought a full-assault, rugged laptop from Panasonic. It’s called a TOUGHBOOK…and that’s exactly what this thing is TOUGH…TOUGH….TOUGH! It kicks ass and I’ve been bush-testing it in the Noosa hinterlands over Christmas.
Frankly it rocks! Whilst we were out fishing my mate’s son was playing on it and he spilt several icy poles and loads of ice cream over it playing games (he’s only 4 so acceptable). A quick wipe and it was AOK.
We were out in the paddock at the farm I was visiting testing the GPS and another one of the kids knocked the car out of gear and the unit fell off the 4WD into a pile of mud maybe 5 feet in all whilst it was running. I simply picked it up, wiped it off and it continued working. This is on a 3G wireless network maybe 30KLMS from the nearest town which
is Noosa Heads (QLD – AUSTRALIA).
Here’s it’s SPECS: Wireless. Tireless. Tough. Ideal for mobile executives; the high-performance, ultra-powerful Toughbook 73 delivers maximum unwired freedom wherever business takes you. Its versatile combo drive and large outdoor-readable touchscreen LCD let you work seamlessly in any location and make it perfect for delivering high-impact multimedia presentations. Best of all, it’s built to withstand the rigors of travel with optional integrated wireless WAN and industry-leading Toughbook durability.
Am I happy?: Yes. Deliriously so as I probably had at least 3-4 weeks downtime last year traveling from remote places (and not so remote ie KL 2 weeks ago) with broken laptops which could sometimes be fixed and sometimes not ie buy new one – reload software/data etc etc. My math is that I’m actually saving about USD$10,000-15,000 PA by buying a USD$5,000 hardcore rugged laptop. Go figure.
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