Basically you are stuck if you want to "rebuild" an excess older computer (regardless of whether it is a Lapbook, notebook, netbook, or desktop) unless you are computer literate.
- - I find it similar to somebody giving you a 1968 Ford Pinto and lots of parts
and telling you to "go to it" and we will meet on the other end of the interstate highway at rush hour. You need to be able to know what you have, what you need and how to do it. Otherwise, you just have a pile of scrap surplus metal which you might be able to sell or exchange it for something "put together" already.
- - That is why there are "geeks" and then everybody else. You can buy off the internet
very economically ready to go small computers that do not need to be re-assembled from a pile of parts
. Sorry about that - but that is real life.
- - Just like the Cruising Lifestyle which is and has been discussed on the CF forum as a place where an "individual" can take back his life from the bureaucrats and do-gooders who want to protect the newbie Cruiser from himself. Building a navigation
computer from a pile of parts is not a Xmas morning exercise in attaching part A to part B by interlocking part joint C. It is much more. And time after time newbie's seem to want the "magic secret" to a successful life cruising the oceans. There isn't any magic secret, just plain old hard work and tons of self and organized education.
- - Without the willingness to "put in the time" necessary to learn and school
yourself in the cruising lifestyle you had best just buy a Carnival Cruise Ship
to paradise. To do otherwise is to willingly invite in doom and disaster up to including death. Bluntly put - you can't fool Mother Nature - if you don't know what you are doing she will take you down.
- - Electronic marine
navigation is also in that very arena. If you don't know and appreciate its limitations and abilities along with the responsibilities of being able to recognize and operate the "whiz-bang" equipment
, you are best to do without and learn the basic pencil, map and dividers nautical navigation. It is a lot safer for both you and your family
or whoever is going with you.
- - Too many newbie's throw money
at the latest fanciest fiberglass
and ceramic/metal parts thinking that they are "safe" or guaranteed happiness and paradise in direct relationship to the amount of money
they spend. Ain't so - - no way, no how.
- - As I said at the beginning the Cruising boats, the people and their lifestyle is for those folks who are itching to reclaim their birthright as responsible people who are in charge of their own destinies. You cannot buy your way into that arena for very long - you have to do the work and sweat and blood and accept the risks and ultimate dangers of living on the edge. - - some edges being a bit sharper than other edges. Which can make them just that much more rewarding.
- - So my considered advice is to learn the computer system, install and operate it with the knowledge that comes with learning
it. And then you don't have to put your own and your families lives at risk on a foggy drizzle morning while threading your way back into a safe harbor through crashing surf.
- - Just a personal gripe/peeve I have about folks wanting the "easy way" around a dangerous activity/situation.