Maintaining the IT infrastructure at sea

My friend Bruce is doing a little sailing in French Polynesia, taking the opportunity to join up with friends of his who are sailing their yacht from Ecuador to New Zealand.

It’s not all fresh fish, tradewinds and cocktails at sundown, however. According to a blog post from Bruce’s shipmate Roger, a neighbouring yacht has had its share of trouble:

Wasabi seemed to be having a computer meltdown—they had problems with all four of their laptops. I offered to help sort things out, but it was hard going. One computer appears to have a bad video board, another needed a complete reformat. The other two, the navigation computers, were having problems communicating with the touch screen panel in the cockpit.

I’m kind of glad there were no IT systems to maintain on our boat 20 years ago. All we had to worry about was: would the mast stay up, was there enough water under the keel, and where could I buy some ice for the icebox.