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Old 07-20-2019, 12:15 PM   #1
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Living with a desk top computer?

In preparation for a potential future purchase of a 21 Escape and full-time RVing, I'm thinking of mounting solutions for a desktop computer. I have a 21.5" iMac desktop that I am thinking of drilling a hole in the base and a hole in the table and mount the computer to the table with a thumbscrew (or another fastener) to a t-nut installed under the table. This provides a secure mount and will allow me to remove the computer as necessary and leave a relatively smooth surface. I live alone so I don't need to accommodate another occupant. Is this a bad idea?
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:27 PM   #2
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How shockproof is the iMac?

I believe my MacBook Air is built for travel and some abuse.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:38 PM   #3
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How shockproof is the iMac? I believe my MacBook Air is built for travel and some abuse.
Your guess is probably better than mine. The reason I still have the iMac is that it was given to me by my daughter and I like it a lot. I don't have a TV or desire one at this point in my life as I watch any movies on the iMac. If I were to change, a large screen MacBook would be on my shortlist but I really like the larger screen of the iMac and may even consider the 27" screen model if this one should ever fail.

FWIW, I kind of like Apple products ever since having a Mac SE in my second run at grad school in the late '80s even though I exclusively used non-Apple products in the workplace since the beginning of business computing time. It was a godsend for me when Microsoft stole Windows from Apple in the distant personal computer past. I would rather open a vein and bleed out than use a DOS machine.
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Speaking of Thumbs my rule of thumb is... if you can find a way, always avoid doing something that is not reversible. A piece of thin plywood and some C-clamps come to mind.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:52 PM   #5
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Speaking of Thumbs my rule of thumb is... if you can find a way, always avoid doing something that is not reversible. A piece of thin plywood and some C-clamps come to mind.
I have a desktop MAC too and have been considering industrial velcro and adjustable straps from the hardware store.

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If I were to change, a large screen MacBook would be on my shortlist

There is your answer. Run the desk top and hope that it craps out.
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My MAC is far larger than any laptop computer. Since I'm a big user and can't see as well as I used to....I think I'll keep it.
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In preparation for a potential future purchase of a 21 Escape and full-time RVing, I'm thinking of mounting solutions for a desktop computer. I have a 21.5" iMac desktop that I am thinking of drilling a hole in the base and a hole in the table and mount the computer to the table with a thumbscrew (or another fastener) to a t-nut installed under the table. This provides a secure mount and will allow me to remove the computer as necessary and leave a relatively smooth surface. I live alone so I don't need to accommodate another occupant. Is this a bad idea?
When we travel, I take a laptop with me and keep it in the truck when moving. A desktop computer has card slots, connections, and hard drives that don't like being bounced.

Seems like every time IT relocated desktops, we had problems show up. That was for short moves - traveling full time, I can only imagine the failure rate for that.

If you want a larger screen, just hook up your monitor to the laptop. A docking station makes that easy.

And if it's a pretty day with a nice breese - wouldn't you rather work on a laptop outside?
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yeah, desktop hard drives are fragile and don't like harsh vibration even when spun down. I'd seriously consider replacing any hard drives with SSDs for a mobile 'desktop'....

if I was to rig a desktop style system in my trailer, it would probably be something like a Intel NUC... You can get a DC DC power supply for these that will run on 9-30V inputs, so you could run it on battery. a NUC with a SSD is quite low power, like 15 watts for most of them. I'd use a wireless keyboard/mouse, and mount a 24" or so LCD screen on the "TV" bracket I've never used.

but... I'm totally happy so far with using my tablet 90% of the time I'm on the road, if I needed more, I'd bring my laptop. while my vision isn't what it used to be, my glasses correct my vision to near perfect and I can read tiny type from a decent distance.
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yeah, desktop hard drives are fragile and don't like harsh vibration even when spun down. I'd seriously consider replacing any hard drives with SSDs for a mobile 'desktop'....
I agree, but my guess (and it's only a guess) is that of you open up an iMac you'll find the same little hard drives as used in a typical laptop. But SSD would be better, in any case.

I doubt that many Mac users would consider a platform change (to anything non-Apple) to get more suitable hardware.
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