Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tuning Toughbook CF-20

All black Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 


Here goes few pictures of my tuned up Panasonic Toughbook CF-20. After installing Linux on this, I see this to be ready for any professional tasking.

This black back turned out to be pretty nice, hiding brand and model - but making it unique from outside. Highly recommend this modification.



Few pictures of connectors at side of tablet part of computer and keyboard base:






Early verdict on CF-20 running Linux


After few days with Toughbook CF-20, here goes initial impressions running this thing with Linux.  



First - even when this device is small, it makes form factor to very pleasing to move and travel with. I managed to attach camera strap on display for easy carry. There is actually two different position where this kind of strap can be attached.

Secondly I applied some black sticker on back of display, hiding that all silver color of original back and Panasonic Toughbook logo's. Mainly I do this because reflections to my vehicle windows when using in drive situations. And top of all, I was very pleased how it makes this device look like in total.

-> Will update picture of that new black later today.

Interfaces 

This small laptop has more interfaces I could ever imagine. First time I have thing where I can have two wired LAN ports available. HDMI and VGA is there as RS-232 with 9-pin D-connector(!). USB's, SD and MicroSD card readers included as well (yes, two of those!).



I can hardly wait to get this thing side of Mac Powerbook user (with single USB C in that).

 

Travel ahead 

I am looking to take some serious travel with CF-20 in coming weekend. 


I've done these trips before with CF-54, which is good workstation for developer, but this time I check can I manage with smaller one. From this, that strap alone for carrying computer has been only thing which I've missed on my CF-54. Carrying it always with an handle takes one hand away.




Friday, July 8, 2016

Toughbook CF-20 with Linux


Toughbook CF-20 arrived and no Windows on this one. Installed Ubuntu 16.04 to test latest hardware with latest software and it worked.

First some quick specifications of CF-20:
  • Intel® Core™ m5 vPro™ processor 
  • 8GB RAM and 256 GB SSD hard disk
  • 10.1" digitizer touch screen with 1920x1200 resolution
  • Awesome amount of interfaces
  • LTE module (1199:9041 Sierra Wireless, Inc.)
USB device ID's for touch and LTE:

ID 5986:0656 Acer, Inc
ID 5986:0689 Acer, Inc
ID 056a:0148 Wacom Co., Ltd
ID 0eef:c066 D-WAV Scientific Co., Ltd 

ID 10c4:ea60 Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc. CP210x UART Bridge / myAVR mySmartUSB light
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0424:2744 S

ID 1199:9041 Sierra Wireless, Inc.

First impressions

First this device is small. Almost too small to do every day computing (which is mainly development work for me). 10.1" display with 1900 x 1200 resolution makes it pretty small print. Zooming comes in handy almost in every program. I've defaulted DPI value a bit up to make menus and icons bit larger.

I will head up to LTE configuration and update here how it goes. First Panasonic Toughbook with MicroSIM on LTE module.

UPDATE: LTE Works just fine. Network manager tweak applied and everything works.

I would say that Panasonic Toughbooks have been one of the most Linux friendly computers which I've played with. 


Sunday, May 22, 2016

OPSEC With Panasonic CF-54

Been traveling a lot and my Toughbook CF-54 has been serving good. Since projects we do are mostly confidential for specific customers working in intelligence sector - we are always taking OPSEC pretty seriously.

One feature I could not live without is removable hard drives. Every time I have to leave my laptop behind, I extract HD to carry along. This makes machine in hotel room total brick for anyone interested.

And yes, I have not booted Windows since '90's. That's another OPSEC tip. 


Friday, April 22, 2016

Panasonic CF-54 with ubuntu 16.04

Did some upgrades to 16.04. Found out that LTE module (1199:9041 Sierra Wireless, Inc.) in CF54 needs to be reconfigured.

Here's how:

Add /etc/modprobe.d/ncm.conf with following (and reboot):

options cdc_ncm prefer_mbim=N


This makes network manager able to see and configure your LTE.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Toughpad FZ-G1 with Linux

Got my hands on this yesterday. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 with iKey FZ-G1 Jumpseat Keyboard attached. Like a tradition, I never even saw windows booting on this machine, because I installed Fedora 23 in two minutes to SSD.

First time for years, I felt like carrying some serious set of hardware, mainly due the weight of the combination. 10.1" screen gave me an 1980x1200 resolution which is pretty small print. After tweaking settings of GNOME3 to suit better, this device turned pretty awesome.

Toughpad itself is IP65 but keyboard is not specified to any IP ratings. Keyboard is whole rubber and I bet it stands some elements, but without any official IP rating.

We are working on a project where we utilize FZ-G1 and I probably will be able to share some details of it later on. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Panasonic recommends Linux


I've been enjoying my CF-54 with Fedora 23 lately and this battery life amazes me every time. I can run this almost full day easily and carrying plain thing without power supply make life easier anyhow.

I also acquired second HD cradle while back, making my upgrade routines easier. This whole HD cradle was actually the thing which drove me to Fedora 23 testing, because I could leave my 'operative' setup on self intact while trying out something new. 

After all, I've been really satisfied for this setup. Running Linux on Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 is so far best experience and our company does this on multiple users with toughbooks with no issues.


Sticker on this one should say "Panasonic recommends Linux".