Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
My setup will be used by very few others because of both complexity and cost. Only freaks like me will go for it.
Same here, with my setup. In fact I never use it because (with a C-P at the helm) even though I own it I don't see the need for the remote
display with full Internet access and navigation software in the cockpit
. The down-side is more amps being sucked from the battery
(for charging) and another expensive delicate gizmo to break and get in the way (even though the Toughbook is more ruggedized than iPad or Droid it's still a glass display).
And yes I know Apple got the interface right but they're not really very far ahead of others. What they really got right is the marketing
to foster a proliferation of apps and 3rd party accessories that make it a more compelling choice. What they got wrong is not putting GPS in the Wi-Fi models. What's right from their point of view is that all roads lead to iTunes and the app store (and now iCloud). That they are not "open" is both plus and minus, from a consumer perspective.
But just to drift topic a bit -- I suspect people should be a bit concerned about the amount and type of info Apple is logging about people's usage, locations and data AND the potential that it could be abused. That's a concern I have not just about Apple, but other app providers who use location based services and search providers in general. There really is no such thing as online privacy, and people seem to ignore or be complacent that. It is landing many in hot water
because they put private things online or send them via text/email assuming only the intended parties are privy to it, but then it comes out later. Google
, your phone
company, your ISP and others log everything you do, and keep those logs
forever if they choose. You have given them that right in your service
agreements. Those agreements are all intended to give the providers the right to use your info and indemnify them from your actions or your consequences of using their services, and limit liability for their own screw-ups (and security
breaches) to the maximum extent the law allows. (Been some high profile breaches recently and there will be more). Then there is the question of which law? Cloud-based services can be hosted anywhere and administered from anywhere. Jurisdiction issues will arise, and the legal
system moves at a snail's pace compared to the technology landscape.
Anyone who wants to play with wireless networking aboard can buy my Toughbook cheap