love the suggestions. I don't know if I am trolling I probably am.You are basically saying that you should buy a really really good sd card that costs more than the pi rather than say that the sd card is the implicit weakness of a pi.
Yes, you have been trolling this thread. Starting off by implying the Pi was a toy computer that shouldn't be used for any serious purpose because it might fail (anyone with actual serious computer experience would know that all
computer components will
fail - it's just a matter of when - and take appropriate steps to have recovery plans in place, which are reasonably scaled to the importance of the system at hand). The cards in my Pi's, most of which have been running 24/7 for the past year (with occasional reboots for OS upgrades and such), were all in the neighborhood of $15 each (I've had precisely one SD card failure in a Pi in the past 3 years, early on, with a generic card, after far too many accidents where the power got yanked out). Having the microSD card as the default boot media is absolutely a weakness, yes, but it is also brilliant in many ways (cheap, widely available, easy to format/"burn" in other computers, and easy to change to a completely different use or project by swapping cards). More importantly, all
computers have some sort of weakness. (The Pi's main failing, BTW, is limited IO bandwidth to/from the CPU via the single USB2 interface.) Just because the Pi, too, has weaknesses, is no reason to start jumping up and down shouting, "Fail! Fail! Fail!"
The OP's problem could be solved with a much higher likelihood of running continuously for the next ten years, using rack mount server grade hardware, redundant power supplies, UPSes, and support contracts. For a modest sum of, say, $10k. I don't think that's what the OP is looking for. With a Pi, you can get most (certainly not all) of that reliability, with perhaps a couple of short incidents of downtime, for perhaps $100. It sounds like that's much closer to what the OP is seeking. Sneering and saying the Pi isn't perfect, as your first post did, doesn't really help things.
I've never understood the "well, the computer only cost $35 so all the added bits have to be really cheap or else I've been ripped off somehow" line of reasoning. Yes, you wouldn't put a Formula 1 race engine in a cheap used subcompact, but that's hardly the level of impedance mismatch involved in putting a Sandisk or Samsung microSD card into a Pi. The genius of the Pi is that you can have a Linux system with enough
CPU, GPU, and IO, to do all sorts of interesting things, and they're cheap enough to experiment with and to dedicate to specific tasks, and low power enough to leave running (I have half a dozen Pi's on 24/7 at home - I wouldn't do that with x86 boxes).