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Old 03-11-2005, 10:27 AM   #1
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Jotto Desk Wanna Be

I really like traveling with gps. In the Argosy gps and the rear view camera will be integrated into one lcd mounted on the dash. But for now I needed a solution other than the computer balancing on the dash or laying on the floor.

Jotto Desk makes a really nice stand, at a really nice price. The cheapest one I have seen that will support the heavy portable I have is about $300.

About $20 for dom tube and I had the arm, a short piece for the swivel, and a couple of short pieces to brace it. I used a spring plunger to lock it left or right. Holes in the support plate are for a foot, usb and power cables, and the cooling fan. The base is a piece of 1/4" cr scrap.

The dog house cover is fiber glass, the computer is heavy and on a lever. I put a 12" square piece of 14 ga hr inside, the stand bolts thru one end the other is supported by a small plate hidden under the cup holder. There is a piece of plywood molded into the fiber glass slightly larger than this that was a mount for the original cup holder so it is very solid. I will use a piece if anti slip and a velcro strap to hold the computer in place while in motion.

For about $50 I have a workable solution; the difference from a real Jotto Desk should be about a tank of gas when summer arrives. No more grabbing at the computer as it slides around or twisting around to look at it on the floor.

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:10 PM   #2
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Looks good. I applaud your ingenuity.

I don't believe it is possible that you are less willing to part with money than I am, however!

I have a Sony with a 16" screen. I started with a home-made contraption. It was unsatisfactory. With great anguish I ordered a Jotto Desk.....but still was too cheap to buy the extra legs that triangulate to form a tripod. I figured that the one beefy metal leg would be enough.

It swayed like a willow tree in a windstorm. And the squeeks & rattles!! It made me madder than my home-made stand.

I sheepishly ordered the extra support legs and now everything is fine.

I don't know how much the cab of an Argosy moves around during travel, but a big computer on a moment arm is a force to be reckoned with.

I hope your system works out for you, but if it doesn't, the Jotto is a very well thought out product and I'm completely happy with it.
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:19 PM   #3
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John - amazing dash transformation! That is terrific and inspiring for those of us still suffering with our 1970s - 1980s GM dashboards. Very nice!
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:57 PM   #4
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Thats a Quality peice. I like it!


I will be breaking out the welder as soon as I can find it and having my Buddy bend me up the leg for my Suburban. Heck that might even work in my Tiny 4Runner mounted off the side of the hump.

Nice work as always.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:35 PM   #5
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John is that the dash in the Argosy or your HR? Sure looks good...GPS is in my future, just don't know when.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:53 PM   #6
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very nice john

looks just like the port replicator i have in my truck at work! it holds my company issue panasonic tough book.

i have a gps antenna on the dash, about half the size of a pack of smokes.

cool technoligy, we use arcfm mapping. i can scan all powerlines in an area, the screen refreshes every few seconds with a new map. if i need customer info it has all account and premise numbers for around 1.5 million customers currently. not to mention every span of wire, pole, transformer or junction box.

nice install!

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Old 03-12-2005, 08:47 PM   #7
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No dash transformation, that is the HR. 16 years newer is the easy way out of a 70's dash.

I had never thought about the squeaks and rattles in a real Jotto. Without seeing one I wasn't sure about their stability. I didn't like the small foot print with just a couple of screws into fiberglass holding it down. This is real sturdy, it doesn't move and the Dell laptop is heavy, one thing I didn't like to deal with. There are two 5/16" and a 1/2" screw to hold it to the dog house and the plate underneath.

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cool technoligy, we use arcfm mapping. i can scan all powerlines in an area, the screen refreshes every few seconds with a new map. if i need customer info it has all account and premise numbers for around 1.5 million customers currently. not to mention every span of wire, pole, transformer or junction box
One thing I like about gps is the versatility. That has to be so much easier than digging thru tons of paper.

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Old 06-20-2005, 09:03 AM   #8
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DIY computer mount

I saw something similar on eBay and just copied it. Made the arms out of threaded 1/2" nipples and flanges for the mount and tray. I've also added a second shelf via a "t" to hold my wireless keyboard in place for the stationary computer... gotta have two... The tray I made is plexi with a nice lip bent via heat gun.

I'll post some photos when I get a chance.... Total cost way lower than Jotto desk... and I did it myself!!
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Old 07-10-2005, 10:04 PM   #9
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I like the looks of your stand. Im going to make one just like that one. I all so like your dash!
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