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Larry N.

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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2016, 05:54:53 PM »
For my son's combined 18th birthday and graduation gift, I let him build his own computer just for himself and I paid for it. It had a whopping 1 full gig of RAM. His friends were all impressed. My how things have changed.  ;D

You don't say what year. My first computer came with 16K of RAM -- yes K, not M or G. I later filled it up to 48K (all it could address). It was a TRS-80 that I got in 1978. Yes indeed, times have changed -- a LOT.
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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2016, 05:59:00 PM »
The wife has two lap tops.  A 17" and a 11".  I have an iMac.  Initially a 24" and now a 27".  I do all my computing on the big Mac unless we're just stopped at a rest area.  We also watch movies on the 27".  Great picture and sound isn't bad.  We also carry an all-in-one printer.  They take a lot of space but everything fits in the cupboards except my big iMac.  I built a foam case for it and we just put it on the floor when we travel.  So far in 50,000 miles of traveling, we have not had any problems.   
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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2016, 07:03:58 PM »
For my son's combined 18th birthday and graduation gift, I let him build his own computer just for himself and I paid for it. It had a whopping 1 full gig of RAM. His friends were all impressed. My how things have changed.  ;D

LOL.... Carol... Indeed things have changed. A scratch build up in the old days gave you bragging rights. Now, for the vast majority of average users it just doesn't make sense. The guts of a computer are actually quite simple. Knowing what components to add for your usage are a different story, and a custom build up is expensive.
Gary's custom build of a power box makes sense - his vast research and data storage is beyond the average user.
I work remotely from the RV and need a better than average computer, but still my needs are not "power user" category. MS office, e-mail and web, but a dual monitor is a must. (I work with pdf contracts all day long).
As with most products, somewhere between "bargain budget" and "smoking" fits most of our needs.
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MN Blue Skies

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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2016, 08:15:41 PM »
Bob,  off topic but are you in Mpls. now?
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TCRLS

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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2016, 09:05:48 PM »
Surface tablet with keyboard.  Compact and Windows 10.  Same as a desktop unless you are doing some seriouis 3D or video editing work.

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« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2016, 09:13:23 PM »
TCRLS, which surface tablet do you have?  Will it handle serious editing of raw images.  (Full versions of Photoshop, Lightroom, and other editing software?)
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TCRLS

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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2016, 12:38:50 AM »
I have the Surface 3.  I'm not sure how that software would work.  The below article might provide you some answers.

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/reviews/creative-hardware/microsoft-surface-pro-3-for-photoshop-lightroom-review/


MN Blue Skies

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« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2016, 09:12:08 AM »
Thanks TCRLS,

Thanks for the link.  We've been thinking about getting a tablet and the Surface Pro 3 is on our short list.  While we've been thinking several other powerful tablets have been been introduced.
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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2016, 10:28:18 AM »
Bob,  off topic but are you in Mpls. now?

Yes Max!
But not for long. Heading warm in just a few days.
Are you still in the Twin Cities?
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bud01234

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« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2016, 11:43:13 AM »
You don't say what year. My first computer came with 16K of RAM -- yes K, not M or G. I later filled it up to 48K (all it could address). It was a TRS-80 that I got in 1978. Yes indeed, times have changed -- a LOT.

Now you're bringing back memories.

I bought a Model I TRS-80 with 4K memory and a cassette player for I/o back in the late 70's.  I was a 1st year teacher and wrote a BASIC program that would actually run in the 4K of memory it had and used it for my remedial reading class.  It would do the current 10-question quiz and if a question was correct, would kick on the cassette player with my echoing voice booming "Great Job!" or, "UH OH" if wrong. (I had a buddy who had some neat sound editing equipment)

Kids loved it and I eventually licensed it to a company in NY called Educational Activities and got royalty checks for 5 years for it. (about $500 per year on average). 

The instructions included how to load the program and type in new questions and answers then save the program back to tape before using for the days quiz.  LOL

Times have REALLY changed.   8)

RVRAC

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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2016, 12:28:11 PM »
We have an I Mac with no problems during the six months a year we travel.  We unplug it and put it on the bed when traveling. No problems, we also have two HP laptops and a MacBook Air. We carry a printer as we do some work during the travels.  The wi-fi is probably the biggest problem.  We tend to look for a site next to the campground towers, but quality varies from one campground to the next.  When trouble we hotspot with our cellphone $$$$$
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« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2016, 03:52:21 PM »
Mine stays connected all the time, though powered off. Our inverter is always on, so the PC has power available and I may boot it up during a lunch stop, or if we want to consult a big map pr do some extensive searching. The big screen makes it so much easier than doing the same on a phone or tablet.

My 71 year-old eyes love that BIG screen!
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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2016, 04:09:38 PM »
My 71 year-old eyes love that BIG screen!

I have an Intel Compute Stick plugged into our 50" TV, You'd love that screen :)
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TCRLS

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« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2016, 04:56:30 PM »
Thanks TCRLS,

Thanks for the link.  We've been thinking about getting a tablet and the Surface Pro 3 is on our short list.  While we've been thinking several other powerful tablets have been been introduced.

We had an Android tablet prior to this one and this Windows based tablet is so much better in terms of usability. 

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8Muddypaws

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« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2016, 07:57:08 PM »
Wait until you see the prices of surface tablets.  They make iPads look reasonable.   :o
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« Reply #45 on: February 12, 2016, 08:09:02 PM »
We didn't notice any huge difference between the two and I find the Win tablet so much better than the Apple products IMHO.


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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #46 on: February 12, 2016, 08:58:45 PM »
I work with a Surface Pro 3 with an extra monitor. Very happy with it.
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8Muddypaws

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« Reply #47 on: February 12, 2016, 09:03:38 PM »
The ones I was looking at started at nearly $1800.  Personally I'd look at other brands of Windows tablets before I spent that much.  Or a convertible laptop.
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« Reply #48 on: February 12, 2016, 09:18:51 PM »
Wow.  Where did you look?  I paid $650 plus $100 for the keyboard CDN.  That is significantly cheaper than an iPad.

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« Reply #49 on: February 12, 2016, 10:21:50 PM »
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TCRLS

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« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2016, 01:11:02 AM »
Lol.  Core i7 with 256GB HD 16GB RAM.  iPad doesn't even offer a 256GB tablet.

If you want to compare apples to apples :) the Surface tablet with 128GB HD is $799.  The iPad with 128GB HD is $1249.

T


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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2016, 06:44:15 AM »
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TCRLS

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« Reply #52 on: February 13, 2016, 07:49:10 AM »
There you go.  It gets decent reviews too for a budget tablet.

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« Reply #53 on: February 13, 2016, 09:52:20 AM »
Lol.  Core i7 with 256GB HD 16GB RAM.  iPad doesn't even offer a 256GB tablet.

If you want to compare apples to apples :) the Surface tablet with 128GB HD is $799.  The iPad with 128GB HD is $1249.

T

I was not offering a comparison.  Nor am I an Apple fanboy, even though we have a bunch of them.  Nor a fanboy of any other particular hardware/OS.  Whatever gets the job done.

 My favorite toy right now is a $64 (complete system) Raspberry Pi running Linux and OpenELEC.
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« Reply #54 on: February 13, 2016, 10:27:14 AM »
I wasn't drawing anyone a fanboy.  It was in response to your comment that Surface tablet prices were so high they made iPads look reasonable.  I was merely showing that isn't the case when compared side by side.

Each to their own.

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« Reply #55 on: February 13, 2016, 10:46:40 AM »
MuddyPaws,  I think you were pricing one of the Surface Pro 4s.   Anyhow I think we might have wandered off the OPs question a little. 
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« Reply #56 on: February 13, 2016, 11:07:46 AM »
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Anyhow I think we might have wandered off the OPs question a little.

Its ok, my question was answered a long time ago. The rest has just been added information. :)
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« Reply #57 on: February 13, 2016, 11:26:48 AM »
Another thing to consider before selecting a tablet is it's repairability.  iPad and Surface tablets are notoriously difficult and expensive to repair.  Replacing the battery in an iPad runs about $75 just for labor (last time I looked). Crack the screen and you can count on several hundred bucks flying out of your wallet.  On the other hand they are remarkably tough.  I've dropped my iPad onto tile flooring from counter height more than once and it's still working.  The MacBook Air is as solid as a brick!  I won't even guess how many times my DW has dropped it.  The two most common problems with tablets are cracked screens and water damage. 

A good source for repairability scores is www.ifixit.com.  They also have step by step instructions, tools etc.

Looking at it from that direction perhaps a desktop (even an SFF) with external display/keyboard/mouse is superior.

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« Reply #58 on: February 16, 2016, 04:18:49 PM »
In the 70's, I started with a Commodore 64,

I was starting to think I was the only former Commodore 64 user left!
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Re: PCs in RVs?
« Reply #59 on: February 16, 2016, 05:45:41 PM »
I was starting to think I was the only former Commodore 64 user left!

I'm old enough,  but I had an Atari 800XL. It was a better computer,  just didn't have the marketing the Commodore had.
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