Re: Field gear

Adrian Tanner (atanner@MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA)
Fri, 16 Dec 1994 16:37:48 -0330

For everyone mentioning taking laptop computers to the field, note that in
the tropics foppy disks are unreliable. The disks themselves are subject
to fungal growth, and the drives are subject to dust. Hard drives are as
reliable as anywhere. My advice is to load everying you need into your
hard drive before you go, and do your backups either to the hard drive of
another computer, or to a memory card. And do not believe the claim that
comes with the card that the battery backup will last a year. The one I
ordered while I was in the field went dead after only two months - so have
the backup batteries on hand. Luckily I found the batteries were the same
size as some commonly used ones in watches and calculators, and I was
actual able to buy them in larger Fijian towns. But best not to count on

Adrian Tanner.