My name is Robert Wray. AKA Fiberoptic on our forums. This nic goes way back to the original days of MP3Car when I had a super speedy uncapped 10mb cable modem in 1996 and nobody else was on the Comcast pipe. For the last 4 years MP3Car has consumed an average of 70-80 hours a week of my time. Before MP3Car became my life I worked at a small technology consulting company. I scoured the net for travel bargains, toured the United States and 12 other countries. I sailed on friend’s boats, rock climbed, and enjoyed the outdoors.
Most of my work days at MP3Car consist of reading and replying to sales questions, reading the forums, testing new products and filling in where ever the rest of the team needs help. Currently we have two lab cars that we test things in. The original Toyota Highlander Hybrid which we used with Intel @ CES 2006 and a 2006 Scion TC(prototype dash photo below). My desk is also normally an explosion of technical parts, paperwork, projects, test equipment and ideas in progress.
Recent public reviews of products I have tested are the SIIG , M4 ATX software and the Garmin Mobile PC.
Expect more of these reviews on a regular on a basis as part of our blog.
Many of you may have noticed that MP3Car has been undergoing changes over the last 6 months. One of the biggest changes here is the separation from our StreetDeck product which occurred in mid July. This separation will allow us to support all software efforts as well as redirect resources towards the growth of the community which has grown to 1.1 million posts and 101,000 global users.
We hope to roll out several community upgrades before the end of the year. I believe one of the most important things we are doing is creating this new blog. A blog is the first of many infrastructure improvements that will allow us to more openly share information about the growth of MP3Car and exciting new things happening in mobile computing.
All of the MP3Car team will be contributing to the blog on a regular basis as well as an occasional guest blogger. If you any ideas that you think should go on the blog, please send me an e-mail.
Discussion about the MP3Car Blog will occur in this new forum which has been created here.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:45 PM by ecog
The Air Soft Flexible Keyboard has been added to the Mp3Car Store. Nick suggested adding the Air Soft to the store because it is durable, flexible and can hold up to tough environments, and really cheap! Just beware that this keyboard requires a relatively flat surface for use. For more information, see the Air Soft Product Description.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:42 PM by ecog
Mp3Car Store adds non-touch 7" super affordable Lilliput monitor, for those who just need an extra monitor (or two) in their car. As always, it is dependable Lilliput quality and for more information see the Product Description
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:41 PM by ecog
The Mp3Car Store is launching a blog on the mp3car.com homepage to provide more up to date information to Mp3Car supporters. To kick off the blog, each day a different member of the Mp3Car team will introduce themselves and blog a bit on what it is they do every day at Mp3Car.
Why a Blog?
So much goes on behind the screen. With a blog, the Mp3Car team can let people know what is going on, as it happens, and provide a better sense of what Mp3Car is all about all in one central location.
What can you expect to read about?
There will be 5 main tags to start:
In and Around Mp3Car– posts under this tag will let people know what is going on in and around the Mp3Car office.Mp3Car Forum News - this section will provide information on forum development, promotions, and members.Product News - any and all information related to particular products will be provided such as product launches, updates on stock, and product retirementTech Support – this section will provide posts on tech support tips and work-arounds as well as examples of how we have learned what to do or, in some cases, what not to do. There will also be suggestions regarding where to find technical information in general.Mp3Car Store Projects – this section will provide pictures and descriptions of projects and answer questions such as, what was the Mp3Car team doing last spring for a few days instead of shipping orders?
Why not just use the forums?
The forums are massive and full of important information, however, often we are answering the same question a few times in different forums, and people still feel left out. We will continue to provide information within the Mp3Car Forums, but the blog will be an easy way to get up to speed on what is new, or what is going on with a product. We will also be able to let people know more about ourselves as well as the people and companies that are helping to grow this hobby.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:40 PM by ecog
New discussion threads will be created here to discuss blog items posted on www.mp3car.com
The format of the discussion threads will be DATE - TOPIC
The first post will contain the content of the blog post. Subsequent posts will be comments about that post.
If you see a topic in our blog that hasn't been entered into the blog talk section, feel free to create a post using the format above:
1. First post (Title and subject of the blog)
2. Second post, your comments.
7-31-08 - updated
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:38 PM by ecog