This forum should work since the dudes in tools may never use a laptop.
I've used 2 plastic laptops and one old Panasonic toughbook which looks like garbage but still runs. The problem is that times change and so do operating system requirements.
So now I need to buy a new laptop and want to get feed back from you guys as to what you might suggest or not.
Typically, the sun is to bright to allow me to read the screen, the rain and snow is too wet to allow the keyboard to work right. The ambient is too cold (sometimes) to allow the monitor to update or even warm up. The gravel is too hard and the scratches cause the battery to fall out. You know the scene. Sometimes I get to sit a a boiler room on a bucket and life is great.
Must use D--9 serial ports, USB, PCMI cards, modem and wireless internet.
Any suggestions. And if you wonder, this is in Toronto Canada, so I must buy locally for long term support.