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An information clearinghouse for rugged computing is your information source for anything related to rugged computing, as well as for the most detailed product reviews in the industry. is brought to you by the principal editors of Pen Computing Magazine (founded 1993) and associated professionals.

Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, Ph.D., co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pen Computing Magazine, has extensive experience in all aspects of rugged computing from his many years at the helm of the Pen Computing industry journal, and his years of service as Director of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer with the New York State Dormitory and project manager for the New York State Urban Development Corporation. He has also written for numerous technology journals and wrote the mobile technology section in Fortune Magazine's semi-annual technology buyers guide for years.

Daniel W. Rasmus is an independent analyst and strategy consultant. He is a former Vice President at the Giga Information Group and Forrester Research. Dan is the author of 5 books, including Management by Design (Wiley, 2010) and Listening to the Future (Wiley 2008). He blogs regularly at Additional information can be found at

Carol Cotton is an award-winning photographer and responsible for product photography, logistics and outdoor assignments at RuggedPCReview.

David MacNeill was Executive Editor of Pen Computing Magazine for almost a decade, and is a pioneer of mobile and rugged computing technologies. In addition, McNeill served as Editor-in-Chief of Digital Camera Magazine, for which he was a co-founder. He also founded

Kirk Linsky served as Editor-in-Chief of Handheld Computing Magazine for many years and is an expert in all things mobile.

Timothy S. Hillebrand, Ph.D., president of Synergetics International, is an archaeologist and mobile technology enthusiast who enjoys writing archaeological adventure novels, traveling, and working in his Japanese garden. He is a blogger, was the Windows Mobile editor for Handheld Computing Magazine, and has contributed hundreds of articles and reviews to various publications. Wayne Laszlo is responsible for advertising, sponsorships, advertorials and marketing programs. His prior experience in technology fields includes Digital Camera Magazine, Handheld Computing Magazine, and Pen Computing Magazine.

Rugged PC Review contributing editors in a variety of technical and business areas include Jessee Allread, Taylor Allread, Ron Wooldridge, and Jeffrey Blanc.

Throughout our work with rugged and industrial computing systems and applications, we found that the hardware, software, terminology and resources of rugged computing are barely covered even in the trade press, that they are poorly understood, and that there is almost no information available on them. This is a strange situation as industrial and other vertical market applications rely on ruggedized computing equipment for projects that can dramatically improve productivity, return on investment, and the general bottomline. We also found that there is hardly any straight-forward, unbiased information on ruggedness testing procedures and standards, and that customers all too often must rely on information provided solely by vendors.

The purpose and goal of is to be your information provider and clearinghouse for anything related to rugged computing: hardware, software, peripherals, definitions, terminology, case studies, white papers, and, most of all, unbiased product reviews and roundups.

If you are looking for information that you cannot find, feel free to email us and we will try to answer your questions. We are also available for consulting arrangements, white papers, case studies, etc., regarding mobile technologies.

If you are a vendor and would like for us to review and then list your product(s), please contact us via email for an arrangement.

--Conrad H. Blickenstorfer

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