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After too many years of not being able to run a station I'm starting to get to the point where it's feasible again. I've still got my (now aged) Davis station but parts of that are bolted to the roof and walls of another house and whilst I will get them down at some point it's not going to happen for a while. Assuming I can still find all the bits I suspect that the system will need a fair bit of maintenance too before it will work reliably.So in the interim I'm getting a Bloomsky (Sky2 + Storm) station (please don't moan at me!). The intention being that I'll use this until I get the Davis back up and running and then move it to another location about a mile away as a second system. I've got the Sky2 module and I'm just waiting for the Storm module and tripod stand to be delivered.So that's step 1 underway. Another change since my last station is that I no longer have a PC running 24*7 in the house. I tend to use my tablet/phone and only break out the PC or laptop when I need more oomph for whatever I'm doing...which seems to be about every couple of weeks at the moment. So I was wondering about putting a low power PC in just to effectively do 24*7 weather stuff, e.g. running WD and WxSIM. I'm way out of date on specs though. What kind of spec of PC would I need? I know you can get WD running on a Raspberry Pi, but that's a bit too minimal. If I wanted to run Win10, what spec of CPU, RAM, disk would I need? I'm thinking of something like a small mini-PC/cube device that sits in a corner using WiFi to do it's thing without a keyboard, mouse, monitor connected, so I'd do most of the work on it by RDP.Any info, or even suggestions of suitable devices (available in the UK) would be very welcome.Thanks in advance,Chris
Take a look at the Intel NUC.
Thanks for that. I'd seen those but dismissed them as only having a Celeron. I've not really tracked Celeron (too low spec for anything we'd use at work) so I didn't realise that the J1900 was 4 core.
OK...exploring further...how big a HDD is really needed for WD and WxSIM these days? I'd like to use an SSD (less power and noise). W10 needs about 32GB. I'm guessing a 128GB SSD would probably give enough space to install/use for data?