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FIMCO-MEISTER
07-12-2008, 09:07 AM
Saw this set up in a utility company truck and the guy let me take pics. Panasonic Toughbook. Modem behind seat.

Here is my question. Any recommendations or suggestions on a printer? Would like to print out 8.5 by 11 for invoices and quotes. Would thermal paper survive in TX heat? Better way to do this? Using Desco scheduling software. Also pics of van I'm looking at for mobile office set up.

Flow Control
07-12-2008, 09:19 AM
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3445 That pic is of an older van, in the smallest variation offered. Just gave you the link to chew on.

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-12-2008, 09:22 AM
Thanks. Too much there to explore right now. I'll research that site and join as well.

Wet_Boots
07-12-2008, 09:25 AM
Interesting. I'll stick with the aluminum forms holders for now, and more of the NEBS stuff. I wonder though, can one get the coated NCR paper and laser print their own 3-copy forms? (some assembly required)

irrig8r
07-12-2008, 12:23 PM
My mechanic has a mobile shop... it's a large service body truck that's pretty well equipped.

Anyway, he drops down one of the side compartment doors lined with plywood to make a desk surface. Inside is a power converter, good task lighting and a cheap plain paper inkjet printer. (They make 12 V printers too but he said they were a lot pricier, and he has the power take-oofs for other things too.)

He just plugs in his laptop and prints out invoices on the spot. He can also access and print the repair history per customer or per vehicle.

Thermal paper in a vehicle? Not a chance I'd take that chance. Thermal copies don't archive very well either.

Panasonic Toughbook is on my wish list too.

EagleLandscape
07-12-2008, 02:02 PM
peter, thats a killer truck! is it here in dallas, or see it on the internet?

Wet_Boots
07-12-2008, 02:05 PM
Is there room to fit a secretary under the desk? :)

Mike Leary
07-12-2008, 02:10 PM
Is there room to fit a secretary under the desk? :)

I have some recording studio stories.

Dirty Water
07-12-2008, 02:32 PM
I don't know if ClearWire is around in texas. But that would be ideal for mobile highspeed broadband.

The panasonic toughbooks are nice, but why get a full laptop for invoicing/scheduling?

I'd use an Asus EEE:

http://www.randomprocess.ca/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/eee/eee_xps_open.jpg

Thats a toughbook sized laptop under it.

Its a full featured laptop, and only $399, plus you can stick it in glove box when not in use.

Mike Leary
07-12-2008, 03:01 PM
I don't know if ClearWire is around in texas. But that would be ideal for mobile highspeed broadband.

:::cough:::starting to sound like a rep, Jon.

Dirty Water
07-12-2008, 03:08 PM
:::cough:::starting to sound like a rep, Jon.

I don't even use them.

I've just heard good things about them. :)

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-13-2008, 12:17 AM
I don't know if ClearWire is around in texas. But that would be ideal for mobile highspeed broadband.

The panasonic toughbooks are nice, but why get a full laptop for invoicing/scheduling?

I'd use an Asus EEE:

http://www.randomprocess.ca/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/eee/eee_xps_open.jpg

Thats a toughbook sized laptop under it.

Its a full featured laptop, and only $399, plus you can stick it in glove box when not in use.

I looked at those minis and that is the way I'd go until somebody who knows a lot more than me explained how hard drives are damaged.

txgrassguy
07-13-2008, 03:19 AM
I tried the thermal paper printing for the invoice route work several years ago and it wasn't pretty.
Heat, the every present Texas sunshine, sweaty hands all combined to have me throw in the towel after a few weeks. Not to mention the printer ink drying in the cartridge way to quickly.
I just use the aluminum clip board with company letter head if I absolutely have to render an invoice right there on the spot. Still a pain after I'm dirty and sweaty though.

Dirty Water
07-13-2008, 12:32 PM
I looked at those minis and that is the way I'd go until somebody who knows a lot more than me explained how hard drives are damaged.

I believe those minis use solid state drives like iPods. So there are no moving parts to damage.

Wet_Boots
07-13-2008, 12:37 PM
Are there any 'bullet-proof' printers that can be combined in that package?

irrig8r
07-13-2008, 01:54 PM
I believe those minis use solid state drives like iPods. So there are no moving parts to damage.

I looked them up and they look pretty cool. You can get them with either Linux or Windows XP for $399. 4G expandable to 8G with a card.

http://eeepc.asus.com/global/product.htm

I'm going to check one out at Best Buy today.

yard_smart
07-13-2008, 02:41 PM
i wonder if it has a usb port for a jump drive ?


Where can you buy them at?

irrig8r
07-13-2008, 08:42 PM
Got a black ASUS EEE 901 today. Writing from it now. Got it at Central Computer in Santa Clara, CA. 12 G storage (expandable with SD card), 1 G RAM, bluetooth, 1.3 MP webcam, Win XP.

So far, so good. keys are small but not too bad. 8.9 in screen.

http://www.centralcomputer.com/commerce/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=67336&czuid=1215992258375

yard_smart
07-13-2008, 08:44 PM
will it run quick books

and how much did you have to give for it and everything out the door?

jimmyburg
07-14-2008, 04:19 PM
i use a HP officejet H470wbt mobile printer
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/store_access.do?template_type=product_detail&product_code=CB028A%23B1H&jumpid=oc_R1002_USENC-001_HP%20Officejet%20H470wbt%20Mobile%20Printer&lang=en&cc=us