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    mp3Car Needs help with creating a new Car Computer How to

    So, this other thread got me thinking....

    The books are old and the FAQs are great, but I think that mp3Car could support the creation of a freely available online document that provides some up to date, helpful information on car computing.

    I am looking for forum members who are willing to help me by pulling together the information into chapters. Because it will be free, we can use this forum as a resource as well as other industry contacts that we have.

    I am willing to pay the writers per chapter, to help me put this online resource together because it seems like a real need. Please pm if you are interested in writing a chapter or post here. If you can think of a chapter or a topic that should be covered, please let me know here.

    If you think this is reinventing the wheel, please also post here. We get emails every day about basic car computing questions that are answered here in the forums, so I think there is value in pulling together car computing information.

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    Question:

    How impartial will this document be?
    Let's face it: mp3car.com is a business, and as a business you want to further your business by gaining new customers and selling more products. That is Business 101.

    I would hate to see a document with helpful, valuable information degrade into a big advertisement.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Good question....

    I would not see any value in this resource unless it is impartial. This is why I would prefer to create this with forum members which I reward on a per chapter basis, rather than have someone here draft the chapters.

    Also, to make sure that this resource is good stuff - we will have each draft chapter posted for pubic review, and the community will approve the chapter - so you decide if and when a chapter is acceptable and the author deserves to receive their reward.

    mp3Car's role, as a business will be hands off - I will simply supply the money for the reward. This is how the innovation grant works now, moderators select a winner, not me. I just purchase and send the grant.

    But, I now see that we will need someone to make sure that we have all of the needed chapters. So, aside from writers, we will also need to reward someone to make sure that we have all the chapters that are needed - so if anyone is interested in this role, this is open as well. And this person will be rewarded along with the completion of each chapter. And, at the end, when the entire resource is done.

    This methodology should ensure that this resource is high quality. Also, now that mp3Car is more of a reseller, we have little vested interest in having one product supported over another. Ultimately, if you guys tell me that one monitor is better than another, we make sure that we get it on the store. The store exists to make it easy to find cool stuff for car computing, I am always interested in carrying products you guys like.



    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Question:

    How impartial will this document be?
    Let's face it: mp3car.com is a business, and as a business you want to further your business by gaining new customers and selling more products. That is Business 101.

    I would hate to see a document with helpful, valuable information degrade into a big advertisement.

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    i am really kind of torn on the idea-- on one side, i think it could be a great resource for new members that want to get into it.

    but on the other side, technology moves so fast, the book will probably be out of date by the time it is fully assembled, and there could be much better hardware/software options available.

    take for instance new member skooki's thread:
    he is very interested in building a carpc, so he bought a book on it-- the problem is the book was published back in '06, so it very likely doesn't mention atom boards, netbooks, ssd drives, or the now-common dc-dc power supplies...

    my point is that while it is a great resource at first, if it doesn't get updated, it will be just as good as that book, which will get them a working car computer, but they could be using old tech that might make the project harder-- yes it is a good start, but there could be many different things that come to the market since then that could make the project vastly easier then it used to be...

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    how much has building a computer changed in the last 10 years..
    atx PSU
    this socket + that cpu
    memory of x speed
    HDD (oh right we have SSD)

    and really chapters 1 and 2 (Finding a good shrink, followed by finding a financial advisor) remain largly unchanged no matter what time we are looking at, going back to the first horsePC installs in the 1700's.
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    Why not just create a wiki that is readily up-datable? Yes, the technology changes so rapidly (especially right now) that it has to be something that's constantly evolving...

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    Good points,

    So rather than print the resource, it can be in the wiki, so that it will be easy to update. mp3Car will just make sure that each year, we get someone to update each chapter if change does not happen automatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom_First View Post
    Why not just create a wiki that is readily up-datable? Yes, the technology changes so rapidly (especially right now) that it has to be something that's constantly evolving...
    thats kinda how i feel about it Heather. I thought thats what the wiki was there for. I think we need to do a better job of promoting it, but the wiki allows for expansion whereas a How To document would probably be outdated soon after completing it.
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    Well I hate to be "this guy"... but the wiki sucks. We need a real wiki engine, not this piece of crap vault wiki or whatever it is. We DON'T need wiki integration that tightly with the forum. A standard wiki engine like mediawiki would be fantastic. Looking for things in the current wiki is next to impossible.

    Edit: Wiki. One more for good measure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    Well I hate to be "this guy"... but the wiki sucks. We need a real wiki engine, not this piece of crap vault wiki or whatever it is. We DON'T need wiki integration that tightly with the forum. A standard wiki engine like mediawiki would be fantastic. Looking for things in the current wiki is next to impossible.

    Edit: Wiki. One more for good measure.
    Ok - we could do this, the thing about this wiki is that it is easy to wiki a post by clicking a button. I agree it is not a great wiki though.

    Does everyone else hate the wiki? I think this was the best one we found for vB unfortunately and the old one is no longer support by the developers.

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