Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Even we draw the line somewhere...
Our inner nerd is more than a bit intrigued by the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 with its fancy "military grade resistance to the elements." The gear guys at Gizmodo think it just might be perfect for us fly fishing bloggers.
It runs Vista (with XP downgrade option) from a removable 16GB or 32GB SSD, packs tons of wireless options, weighs 2.3 lbs. with two batteries, and runs for 9 hours. If you can get over the teensy 5.6" screen, you got yourself the perfect PC for spelunking, fly fishing or whatever it is you call "extreme."
In our opinion the idea of using the integrated 3g mobile broadband capability to live blog while standing waist deep in a flowing mountain stream could cause the blogosphere to die from shear boredom. Here is how it might go:
6:05 AM Uploading GPS coordinates to fishing reports site ...hotspot verified. Standing here in the river - no real hatch going on tying on attractor pattern.
6:08 AM Darn its hard to tie these knots in low light.
6:09 AM Preparing for first cast
6:11 AM Hey, I just got a refusal on that cast. Must be something wrong with my drift. I wonder how you do one of those pile casts?
6:11AM Initializing streaming video - connect to FFF certified casting instructor. ....
and you thought cell phones on the river were bad...