We've seen plenty of ruggedized laptops, but we can't say we heard of a rugged desktop until today's announcement from Stealth Computer. According to Stealth's press release, it built the WPC-500F to the IP67/NEMA 6 standard, which means the system is certified to operate while submersed in water. Assuming the video below from Stealth's Web site is the real thing, it seems to have achieved its goal.
The base WPC-500F unit costs $1,995, and includes six custom-designed cables for power, networking, and peripherals. The core configuration includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 33 CPU, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a ruggedized 80GB hard drive, and no operating system. You can also add Vista, XP, Ubuntu Linux, a variety of solid-state hard drives, and other upgrades via Stealth's online configurator. If this were a normal PC we'd seriously question the hardware for the price. Given the specialized nature of the WPC-500F, you're obviously paying for more that just the computing power.