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  1. 2011 7 Inch Touchscreen Showdown

    by , 09-07-2011 at 03:02 PM
    New to the scene and searching through the latest in touch screen devices? Maybe looking to upgrade an aging display with something more modern and feature rich? Check out this video for a quick glimpse of the most recent 7" touchscreen devices and how they compare with each other.

  2. Car Computer Install: Overview Of Install

    by , 09-02-2011 at 01:40 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, walks us through what the actual vehicle installation will entail. He illustrates the importance of properly grounding each electronic device to the chassis or to the negative terminal on the battery. The white board diagram provides a visual for most of the cables that will need to be run.
  3. There are a thousand reasons to go to AFKFest. I've picked ten. See you there, 9/24

    by , 08-31-2011 at 04:00 PM

    10. Speaker Series: Hear from an amazing (and growing!) lineup of speakers with great advice, ideas, and new trends in the world of mobile computing. Take advantage of their insight and get a bead on whatís around the corner for us all.

    9. Oktoberfest: if you get overwhelmed by cutting edge technology talk, dart down to Oktoberfest in Baltimore for a liter of Germanyís finest beer and a bite to eat. Youíll be yelling ausgezeichnet in no time. http://www.federalhillna.org/octoberfest

    8. Cars and their respective computers: Take a look at some of the more interesting Car-PC projects that weíve run into, and speak their owners personally. Ask them what they like and what they donít like, and learn from their mistakes in order to make your next project a breeze.

    7. Orioles/Red Sox: September baseball is the bestóit combines gorgeous weather, the most beautiful ballpark in America, and the sheer desperation that has come to mark the Orioles organization in recent years. Extend your trip by one day and take in a game with Baltimoreís skyline as a dramatic backdrop to an inevitable blow-out. http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=bal

    6. Betascape: If youíve never been, then there is no better opportunity. Stop by on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for an action-packed weekend of art, technology, and creative-synergistic-intrigue. Conveniently located, and even more conveniently timed, to sync up with our own AFKFest. Not to be missed. http://betascape.org/

    5. Dining/Nightlife: Quite sneakily, Baltimore has emerged as an epicenter for food trends and vibrant nightlife, and at a whisper of prices in most cities. Sit down at one of dozens of award-winning and restaurants for fresh, seasonal, and quirky food, and follow it up with a crawl around one of several historic neighborhoods. Youíll be quaffing libations in one of the most accessible and historic cities on the East Coast. Heck, Iíll join you. http://www.fellspoint.us/

    4. What else are you going to do? Honestly, Iíve seen your calendar, and itís not exactly busting at the seams with awesome events that youíll have to cancel. Even if it is, youíll have the greatest excuse ever: ďIím going to [the tech-version of] Disneyland [in scenic Baltimore, MD]!!Ē

    3. Culture: Ah yes, while youíre in town, you may as well sign up for a sophisticated and cultural activity. Take advantage of the dozen or so celebrated museums in Baltimore, ranging from priceless art at the Walters to George Washingtonís teeth at the Dentistry. Many of them are free, all of them are interesting, and most of them have a coat check. http://www.avam.org/

    2. Hurricane Irene: Uhhhhh, we just got hit by one of the more expensive natural disasters of the past few decades. Arenít you even a little bit curious about how a city that was built several hundred years ago climbs out of back-to-back weeks of earthquakes and hurricanes? See it first hand, and help me put my roof deck back together.

    1. Iím not allowed to tell you the number one reason. But Iíll give you a hint: Rob Wray hasnít shaved in weeks.

    Updated 09-16-2011 at 11:17 AM by Fiberoptic

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  4. Car Computer Install: Power Structure

    by , 08-24-2011 at 11:32 AM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us an overview of how each component will be powered in the vehicle. He outlines the importance of in-line fuses for each positive cable. Power distribution blocks will be used to give each individual component power and ground. Grounding all the components in one place is important to avoid noise being introduced into the system. If you are able to ground directly to the negative terminal on the battery, this will help alleviate noise as well. Monitor power is provided by the M2-ATX power supply in the computer. "Filtered" 12V power is required for most monitors as they aren't set up to the handle voltage fluctuations most automotive power systems supply. In this case, the Lilliput 669 needs filtered power. Accessory wires are run to each component and provide switched 12V power to tell each component to turn on with the ignition status of the vehicle.
  5. Car Computer Install: Building the Computer, Cable Management

    by , 08-22-2011 at 02:39 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, illustrates the importance of proper cable management in any carputer build. Especially in smaller enclosures, making sure your computer has plenty of ventilation is essential. Zip ties keep the cables away from case vents and moving fans. They also make closing the case without pinching and damaging wires easy. It's important not to put pressure on delicate cables such as the motherboard power switch cable. It's also important not to put pressure on the memory when closing the case.