I'll try to put up some pictures before I leave... But first things first, I have to finish the thing before I can take it along...
- sheet metal case (used to be part of an army 2-stroke fuel pack)
- 6 mm polycarbonate ('lexan') 'screen'
- aluminium chassis, doubling as processor cooler
- 2 * IBM Travelstar 20GB drives
- internal 12V->5V converter based on Max724
- external interfaces: USB, power, audio, modem
- IR keyboard
- DOC as 'emergency backup OS', it contains a small GNU/Linux installation.
I might choose to leave out the DOC and the modem, and go for an external USB modem instead. Anyone know a good place in Vancouver to buy stuff like that? I only need the modem when I find myself in the vicinity of a telephone, so I can put some imagery on the website I'll make for the trip.
It will be hosting a webcam which will snap a picture every X seconds and record 'interesting' sound events (hence the two drives, the trip will take about 2.5 months so I need quite a lot of disk space). It runs a slightly modified Debian GNU/Linux 'testing' distribution (currently using the 2.4.4 kernel with some USB patches). Agressive use of APM keeps power consumption down (eg. screen blank after 2 minute, I won't need the screen anyway most of the time. The camera will be mounted on a headband, or just attached to the canoe somewhere, and merrily document the whole trip.
So, maybe this weekend for pictures. Maybe not...