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    Introduction

    I just ran across mp3car.com and the forums here are just full of stuff that I'm interested in! So much so that I couldn't decide where to start reading.

    While I keep myself busy catching up on some of the boards, I thought I'd post a quick note to say hi and comment on the direction my carputer is going.

    I installed an empeg (aka Rio Car) in my '02 Maxima just over two years ago. (moving the climate controls into the armrest to make room for the empeg in-dash). Now I'm working on putting a carputer in the trunk (headless Linux box) with a GPS (Garmin GPS18PC) and WiFi. Without a display, all the feedback will be audio through the empeg (both pre-recorded sounds and TTS).

    I also have an OBDII interface (will plug into the empeg's serial port), but haven't installed it yet. Soon...

    My wishlist of features is in a recent blog post. It probably seems a bit dull to this crowd as the target audience was mostly friends and coworkers.

    My background is unix and networking, but I have zero experience with OBD-II (some of joshthepilot's posts were quite informative). Links to must-read threads on any relevant lessons learned (for any carputer topics) are appreciated.

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    I like the idea of sending you car a message to disable the ECU if it's stolen. Check for a thread called "GPSsecure" for a program by xBrady that logs your position, altitude, velocity, and uploads the file to a server. You can recall the info from the server through a desktop program he has written.

    Here's the location of my car at 8:25am this morning. I've pulled in front of the school and am droppping my kids off.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    What's an MCU?
    Multifunction Control Unit. Cockpit of the airliner.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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    Ah! But I presume your sig refers to your aerial vehicle? Otherwise, how much did those 1000 nit units run you?
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshthepilot
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