Hi folks, I have an idea for a project and wanted to see if Raspberry Pi might be the best way to get it done.
My parents live on a farm, and they have a weather station (uploading to http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstat ... =KCALOMPO9 if you're curious). Up until Monday, they used a desktop PC to capture the data from the weather station for their records and to upload to Wunderground. Then, the poor thing went kablooie.
We could get another desktop pretty cheap to replace it, but I'm concerned about recurring hard drive failure for a device that will be always on and always writing (they've had 2 HDs fail in the past 3 years). They didn't use the desktop for anything else that a cheap tablet couldn't replace, and they have a laptop besides. It's important to them that a replacement keep a smallish form factor and be very quiet. It feels like a Raspberry Pi use case made in heaven.
What I'm looking for is something that will run their Weather Station software (probably http://www.wviewweather.com/) and upload it to Wunderground and back it up onto Dropbox or something. I don't doubt Raspberry Pi can do this, but I'd like to know if we should use it. Will this be more stable and more reliable than a crappy $200 Dell?