Originally Posted by LakeSuperior
We used Fugawi
with Navionics charts and were very pleased. It is a cost effective solution. We also had two extra laptops for backup. Imagine coffee flying through the air and landing on the keyboard.
We had to bake our favorite laptop in the oven
a couple time over two days to get it working again. Only one key remained non functional.
We didn't want to painstakingly reconstitute our software suite on the backup unless it was required. Imagine loading all the software and getting all the inputs talking to the computer and each other again on a new system. At sea it would have literally taken days.
A lesson for us for next time is the backup laptop ready to go before leaving port.
I make a mirror/back up of my entire HD and put it on 3 backup sources. (3 external HDs) and keep them in various places. If your computer malfunctions, its a simple process to restore it as it should be.
I also keep ONE computer SOLELY for boat software and have another for windows stuff like skype/emails/ videos etc. (Again with a back up on HD.)
I also have a SPARE laptop on which EVERYthing is loaded and then backed up in the event I lost
Every day I use the computers
, the new FILE information is saved to HD so if a computer trashes, Im only a few hours behind in having all the information to restore. When I have internet
, all my information is FTP'd to one of my websites and stored.
I also use TEAM VIEWER which connects to my home computer where I have access to my business and documents and files and can upload and download anything I need in real time.
I pay for SKYPE phone
numbers, These are REAL phone
dial numbers. I have one for Spain
, USA and the UK. This means when I have internet, its a local or free call for anyone calling me from one of these countries, and its a no charge call for me to 60 some countries.
I use Mi-Fi wireless connection with a local data sim card for when I have cellular coverage in areas. Works all round the Uk and Eastern Spain
The brands I use are ACER. DELL and TOSHIBA. Ive had to back up the DELL once due to a virus. Took 3 hours and all everything worked as normal after install. Make sure the spare computer is run regularly to check its working. I usually run it on battery
, (use it) discharge it and recharge once every 2 weeks.