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May 13, 2022, 07:39:12 PM
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You know, the ones which you slap a bunch of full powered computer components inside a briefcase, with all the framing, and what not, and call it a portable computer?

I've been thinking of doing it myself, since I'm getting a little bit tired of the price to performance ratio of laptops, plus I quite like the idea of having a triple monitor setup to aid with doing work on it. I'm not looking for a full powered gaming computer, this will mainly be a working computer. So, it'll likely be coming out in the field with me, so the weight ratio will have to be decent, and it would need to be semi rugged. I tend to buy rugged computers anyhow due to my life style.

I'm wondering if anyone has any specific security recommendations or thoughts before I commit to building it. If I'm going to do it, I might as well put hardware kill switches on it, and all the bells, and whistles. Then, throughout the years I can stick to this machine, rather than upgrading laptops. The current laptop that I do the majority of my work on is rather old, and quite slow when running Qubes OS, but I'm finding it rather difficult to justify upgrading due to the expense I would need for a rugged modern laptop.

I'm taking a little inspiration from this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJZ7MtKe1w although, that's way too big for my liking so I would be looking to downsize quite considerably. Although, he does have quite an interesting video on a battery, which I think I'll be whipping up also. Here's his power station video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJZ7MtKe1w

I don't plan on storing Bitcoin on it, so no need to go into that sort of detail. Although, I might think about integrating a Bitcoin node somehow. Haven't given it enough thought yet on how I'd achieve that especially if I wanted to run it 24/7.

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heh...
In other words a modern version of the 'lugable' 1st mobile(ish) PC Cheesy
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You know, the ones which you slap a bunch of full powered computer components inside a briefcase, with all the framing, and what not, and call it a portable computer?

I've been thinking of doing it myself, since I'm getting a little bit tired of the price to performance ratio of laptops, plus I quite like the idea of having a triple monitor setup to aid with doing work on it. I'm not looking for a full powered gaming computer, this will mainly be a working computer. So, it'll likely be coming out in the field with me, so the weight ratio will have to be decent, and it would need to be semi rugged. I tend to buy rugged computers anyhow due to my life style.

I'm wondering if anyone has any specific security recommendations or thoughts before I commit to building it. If I'm going to do it, I might as well put hardware kill switches on it, and all the bells, and whistles. Then, throughout the years I can stick to this machine, rather than upgrading laptops. The current laptop that I do the majority of my work on is rather old, and quite slow when running Qubes OS, but I'm finding it rather difficult to justify upgrading due to the expense I would need for a rugged modern laptop.

I'm taking a little inspiration from this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJZ7MtKe1w although, that's way too big for my liking so I would be looking to downsize quite considerably. Although, he does have quite an interesting video on a battery, which I think I'll be whipping up also. Here's his power station video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJZ7MtKe1w

I don't plan on storing Bitcoin on it, so no need to go into that sort of detail. Although, I might think about integrating a Bitcoin node somehow. Haven't given it enough thought yet on how I'd achieve that especially if I wanted to run it 24/7.



so something in a case that is cheap well how powerful?


you can look into   a Lenovo,dell,hp like these

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224938792518? 850




get a screen or not say 100 bucks



and a power supply/battery/inverter/ups


https://www.ebay.com/itm/403624268498? 200 bucks



ballpark cost of 1200

The pc is pretty rugged I have used hundreds like it

all fast googles on ebay  to give me an idea of what you want to build.

I found a decent tiny unit with an 8700t intel 500 gb ssd and 16gb ram. used from a good heatware seller

thus  500 for the pc and 100 for the screen and maybe 200 for power supply.

drops you down to 800 maybe 900 including case and a cooling fan.

It would be close to a 1500 laptop. the biggest issue is the graphics.
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May 26, 2022, 04:02:15 PM
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You know, the ones which you slap a bunch of full powered computer components inside a briefcase, with all the framing, and what not, and call it a portable computer?

I've been thinking of doing it myself, since I'm getting a little bit tired of the price to performance ratio of laptops, plus I quite like the idea of having a triple monitor setup to aid with doing work on it. I'm not looking for a full powered gaming computer, this will mainly be a working computer. So, it'll likely be coming out in the field with me, so the weight ratio will have to be decent, and it would need to be semi rugged. I tend to buy rugged computers anyhow due to my life style.

I'm wondering if anyone has any specific security recommendations or thoughts before I commit to building it. If I'm going to do it, I might as well put hardware kill switches on it, and all the bells, and whistles. Then, throughout the years I can stick to this machine, rather than upgrading laptops. The current laptop that I do the majority of my work on is rather old, and quite slow when running Qubes OS, but I'm finding it rather difficult to justify upgrading due to the expense I would need for a rugged modern laptop.

I'm taking a little inspiration from this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJZ7MtKe1w although, that's way too big for my liking so I would be looking to downsize quite considerably. Although, he does have quite an interesting video on a battery, which I think I'll be whipping up also. Here's his power station video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJZ7MtKe1w

I don't plan on storing Bitcoin on it, so no need to go into that sort of detail. Although, I might think about integrating a Bitcoin node somehow. Haven't given it enough thought yet on how I'd achieve that especially if I wanted to run it 24/7.


Got quite a rugged preference there if you ask me. I understand the need too, tho. Maybe this link could help? https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/4jxhfi/briefcase_computer_build_finished/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjrnYv9w_33AhWJi_0HHeGLCikQFnoECAgQAg&usg=AOvVaw0kIznI1GyNfZG_lPmcfiA2
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