Computers on board

©

31 January 2007

With 11 laptops on board one sometimes has the impression of never having escaped the office!! Three computers are used for the collection and management of scientific data, including two Panasonic Toughbooks designed for harsh conditions that work outside even at -35˚C.

Position: 84˚48’N, 137˚32’E
Course and Speed:  SE, 0.1 knots
Wind:  NW, 4 knots
Sea Ice: Stable
Visibility: Good, clear sky
Moon: First quarter
Air Temperature: -23˚C
Water Temperature: -1.7˚C

Even in the isolation of the high Arctic we are dependent on computers for many aspects of our daily life on Tara. With 11 laptops on board one sometimes has the impression of never having escaped the office!! Three computers are used for the collection and management of scientific data, including two Panasonic Toughbooks designed for harsh conditions that work outside even at -35˚C. We then have another computer for general communications and emails, one for managing photos, music and films, while the rest are personal computers. We have a large hard drive for managing all information with access through a wifi network. Each one of us passes a considerable amount of time behind a screen. Most of my computer activity is for writing the English logs, articles and interviews and writing reports on our general activities. Matthieu is never far from his computer, managing the scientific programme and video editing from time to time. Denys is responsible for managing the food supplies and pharmacy databases, writing French logs and reporting on our food consummation, while Nico is responsible for completing engineering reports.

While we are dependant on modern technology for our expedition, one is only too happy to head outside to drill another hole in the ice at the end of yet another computer session to remind us that we have actually managed to escape the office! If only Nansen could see us now!!

Grant