Re: computers in the field

Glenn Stone (stone@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Sun, 9 Apr 1995 23:17:25 EDT

> the battery power on mine; within two weeks I was banging away on a portable,
> and I never turned back. The computer turned out to be useful to me only when
> I was at a hotel. I'd like to hear about how others survived with their
> computers in the field, and if anyone knows of battery-saver software
> *currently* available.

The Toshiba (Satellite T1950cs) I used in Nigeria last summer has
built-in battery-saving settings (you can slow down the cpu, have the
hard disk shut down after a period of inactivity, etc.).

What was indispensable was a little power inverter with a lighter
plug. You plug it in when the vehicle is running, or you can poach
current off the battery any time with a lighter socket clip.

On a different topic: Candace's piece in the latest issue of C.A.M.
about teaching x-cultural methods is worth reading. I appreciate her
comments on the classic ethnographies.

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