My conversation with my father-in-law (70 something, does not have an e-mail, that tells you how hard it would be to explain a carputer to him) went like this:
"Are you heading to the garage? Changing oil? I can help"
"No, no, I'm just going to test a...new skin for my err...my carputer"
After a bit of a confusion (no, I didn't replace the electronic fuel injection, etc.) I showed him the still blank Xenarc screen and told him that that was the computer display I installed in the car. "That is a computer display." I said. It's not a fancy radio display. It's an actual computer. Only smaller than most you see at Bestbuy or Frys.
""To make it like an office? Why? Can you do some work while driving?"
"It's not for that. Let me take you for a spin and I'll show what it can do".
I showed him 3 things:
1. Launched ESPN.com with the web browser; (since my carputer has internet, that was the first thing I showed him). Stats, News, Weather. Easy. He loved it.
2. Google Earth plugin for RR; he actually used touch to navigate over the houses we we're passing by...cool. Visually it was very impressive, specially since the local maps were mostly loaded already, almost no delay at all.
3. RRGAS PRICES. He loved it. He wanted to go to a real gas station to check if it was a match, if that was up to date. It was a match. He was sold on the spot. I could have sold a carputer for him right then and there (of course I wouldn't because I can't provide support thousands of miles away). Imagine the savings, I think that's what was really on his mind.
I also wanted to talk about webcam recording, but he was thinking about the revolution it is to have the latest gas prices on hand.
I didn't need to show him anything else. He was sold. Thought I was a genius. He wanted one on his truck. Told everybody back home about it.
True story. But for him, it's not a carputer, computer, in car pc. That's those boring machines we have at the office.
It's the internet. "That car is online". That's a big deal to make the point for a carpc, IMHO.