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Old 01-27-2019, 08:36 PM   #21
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Built in mini-PC

Oh well. Never was aerodynamically, politically, or aluminiumly correct, so I guess Iíll just go camping with what I own.

And BTW, no network or computers installed in the Airstream. DW would fix them with a fire axe. Weíre on vacation, not at work...
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:09 AM   #22
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If you come from a mindset that a computer = work then, I agree it has no place on vacation. If, however you see a computer as an alternate to a DVD/BluRay, your music collection, photo albums etc etc then you may have a different opinion.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:50 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Tuco View Post
32gb is just not enough overhead for Windows 10. ...

This is waaaaay beyond infuriating, but I bought my 82-year-old father a low-end PC with a hardware configuration that was too small to accommodate what can briefly be described as "everything that was inevitably going to happen once the thing was removed from its original packing box". It is quite literally useless and now I have to buy him another. The fact that this kind of junk is even sold makes me angry. It represents heretofore-unheard-of levels of built-in obsolescence.

My husband just installed in our house a separate mini-PC which has one function: to continually check and update our IP address so that our home security video system will stop falling offline whenever our ISP rotates our address (we have an older DIY system but it represented a substantial financial investment and it works reliably, so we keep it).

As for our Interstate, I am waiting on the market to advance before I / we tackle an installation of what I HOPE will be a holistic system that includes DVR capability for a series of security cameras. I am so tired of an endless parade of "one-trick" imaging and/or computer components. We have:

(1) Three cameras associated with the live backup and turn signal monitor.
(2) One camera in the form of a conventional dash cam
(3) Three types of personal cameras (iPhones, DSLR, and GoPro)
(4) But nothing in the way of true recording video security or information management system

At least some of that stuff should be rolled up into a coherent package. But the mobile security market is not there yet. Someone please correct me if you think I'm wrong on that point - I beg you.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:34 PM   #24
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I have one of these with Window 7 media center and a stick tuner. It is a DVR with a TV stick tuner, music, photos, etc. One stop shop. It is a shame they got rid of media center in Win 10. This is actually a real PC or you can just as easily use a laptop with win 7. Newer is not always better.

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Old 02-14-2019, 01:41 PM   #25
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My little Atom-based PC is working quite well. I installed the snap-in mount for it on top of the DVD player in my over-cab cabinet. I installed an automatic HDMI switch, so whichever source is on, it is switched through to the TV.

I have a second snap-in mount on the beck of my desk at home, complete with cables and power supply. I can bring the little PC home for updates and for loading material. I just move the Bluetooth receiver for the keyboard and mouse over to the mini-PC.

I have about 15 Kindle books loaded. My wife prefers to read in bed in the evenings and I can relax and read my Kindle on the big screen.

The built-in WiFi is stronger than my Galaxy S9. Unfortunately, the park we were at for our rally last week had no WiFi, so I couldn't use it.

I found the included image on the Sprinter site. Very similar PC to mine and same WiFi antenna.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:35 PM   #26
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I just installed this adorable little fan-less PC for a home automation project. It would do well in a RV as well as a media server, etc. No moving parts, runs Windows 10 like a champ.

128GB Ram with SD card slot for expansion.
Quad Core
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:27 AM   #27
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I was just thinking about this thread yesterday and was wondering how things were going. While trying to clear up GB of space on that SSD yesterday I ran across these two tools.

With these tools I was able to clean up ~40gb of space out of 100gb on C-Drive. I apologize if you already knew about them, but they might come in handy down the road as it were.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:06 PM   #28
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I love this thread... makes me feel so at home, lol.
Safe travels!
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:59 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Daquenzer View Post
I have a Mac mini. I’ve had it from 2012. Still runs like new. 16gb, 1TB drive. If you can get a used one it would have way more applications for an AS. Put a parallels system in it and you can run PC programs. Apple products just keep on going going going going.

Also my IPAD has more power than that PC you hooked up. I use it to run movies, Netlflix, etc I take my MacBook along, but seldom pull it out unless I need to do work for my business.
My vote is for the Mac Mini. I have a 2012 Mac Mini server with a quad core i7 with 16 GB RAM and two SSD drives. I've edited complex movies and videos and run Adobe Lightroom with ease. And.....with Macs there is very little concern about viruses and malware.

I haven't regularly used a Windows PC since 1995 and have owned Apple computers since 1986. They are a far superior and much more reliable products than Window machines, especially in a media production setting.

I'm currently working on a maxed out 2017 MacBook Pro (still with 16gb RAM)

I do keep a compact Acer Netbook with Atom processor and Windows 7 on the shelf in the event that I need to update firmware on a peripheral device that requires a Windows computer.
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