Paper vs Tablet for Survival info

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    Paper vs Tablet for Survival info

    In another thread folks I saw faolks saying to print out survival information so it is handy ina SHTF situation...and I agree. That is good if you staying home or one place. Also, a small printed reference manual is good to have on the go.

    I save lots of documents on my tablet, phone, and laptop. They are easily chargeable and we have plenty of redundacy since my wife has a laptop/cell phone/laptop.

    You can save instructable videos on these devices also. Just like anything else in life, put your eggs in several baskets.

    Here are some good solar panels for camping to charge these devices:
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    I bought a small portable solar charger for small devices. If I remember correctly, it only cost about $29.

    I also printed out some important info that I feel is absolutely necessary to have in case of emergencies.

    It's good to have a back-up plan.

    I might also add that it's good to have re-chargeable batteries and a means to re-charge.
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    Very interesting article. Thanks for posting the link. I'm a bit of a "dinosaur" and have previously mainly considered "hardcopy" as essential in case of a SHTF situation. However, with the solar panels that are now available, I'm beginning to change my thinking a bit. I'll never give up "hardcopy", but I am now considering some additional "electronic" options as backup! Laptops, tablets, and smartphones won't do any good if they get fried by a gigantic EMP, but if they are protected and do survive, they can be very useful if they can be recharged and you can access the "documents" you have stored on them.
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    Backups are good no matter what. appear copies on waterproof paper would be awesome , but I imagine expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I bought a small portable solar charger for small devices. If I remember correctly, it only cost about $29.

    I also printed out some important info that I feel is absolutely necessary to have in case of emergencies.

    It's good to have a back-up plan.
    If you "remember correctly", you will need neither.
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    If you keep it on an iPad though, just be sure to never upgrade the O/S. I did that on mine and it wiped out all the data that I had on the unit. It was a bit inconvenient that I lost all the photos since I had used it to document where all the irrigation lines went for each zone in my home sprinkler system. Worse though was that I was using it to keep track of my blood pressure measurements and as such, I lost *months* of data.

    I have hated Apple for a pretty long time and this just reinforced my opinion of their idiocy. It's not like I actually *paid* for the iPad though. It was free from my brokerage firm for investing a certain amount with them.
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    Waterproof Paper | Waterproof Notebooks & Pens | Fast Shipping

    Here is some waterproof paper i do not know alot about it but it looks like it won't break the bank .
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    I use both. I have a Android nexus with a bunch of books on it and a solar charger. I have a couple paper books too first aid and a small SAS survival guide. I got the tablet as a refurbished for$130.00

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    Without solar backup a tablet won't last but a few days, then you can use it as firewood.
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    I have a pretty good hard copy library and a good amount of stuff computer stored. I have a ton of stuff that I still want to put onto CD's and also onto a thumb drive or two.
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    I keep a few pieces of what i consider vital survival information in my wallet with me at all times, JIC. Other than that the rest is saved on my computer and or cell phone.

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    Won't the electronic method be eliminated once a large scale problem exist . Look at Sept. 11th phone service was either jammed or too busy to get ahold of anyone . Pulling info up this way may be difficult .
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    Won't the electronic method be eliminated once a large scale problem exist . Look at Sept. 11th phone service was either jammed or too busy to get ahold of anyone . Pulling info up this way may be difficult .
    Well, if a person is truly concerned with such things, they would have the information stored locally and not be relying on it being stored "in the cloud" / on the web somewhere. If they are worried about such things and they store it on an "online drive", then they're clueless and deserve what they'll (not) get.
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    I look at it sort of the way we do at work, I belong to a “lessons Learned” organization that supports the Army and we use both print and digital media to support the troops depending on the target audience. Conducting interviews with the troops, they generally prefer hard copy when deployed due to issues with power and reliability of electronics, mid and senior staffs with access to computers and stable power prefer digital.

    Bottom line for me is, anything I need to use on site, I prefer a hard copy that I can carry in a pocket. I can always splice different sections together in a small binder to create a smart book. So I will use both, but splice sections together into hard copy binders.

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