Politely - if you're worried about your laptop's hard drive being the major
source of failire then you've never been to africa.
Your major machine killer will be electricity, both dirty and lack-of.
You should look at buying the following items
a couple of batteries
some method of charging all/many of your batteries at once
a solar panel capable of running the laptop and charging a battery
wall adapters for whatever countries you're going to
Optionally a universal UPS and spike protection
And I'd advise strongly that you check with your laptop supplier/maker to
make sure you have a true international warranty.
If hard drives worry you, then take a spare HDD and install CDs.
From: Pascal Gaudette [mailto:pascal underscore gaudette at yahoo dot ca]
Sent: Tuesday, 26 July 2005 2:11 a.m.
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: [m0n0wall] Colour me impressed! Plus a question...
Now on to an off-topic (but related) question, which I
hope some here will have experience with and reply
off-list. Has anyone here tried to run a laptop from
a CF card? Not a firewall, but a client box with X11,
OpenOffice, Mozilla, etc? I'll be taking a laptop to
West-Afica soon, and I'm thinking about swapping the
internal HD for a CF card, and using external storage
(eg USB HD or Flash, CD-RW) only as needed. My goal
is to increase reliability and battery life. Most