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    Thumbs up Back in the day (of car computers)....

    Wow, I just recently came across this site again. I noticed that I was one of the first members to join the forums (It says I joined in November 2001). I don't have any posts because back then, there wasn't much to talk about. I'm just been doing the car computer thing myself.

    I was on the net looking around for car computer stuff, and came back to an old friend (mp3car.com). I can't believe how much this hobby or sport or whatever you want to call it has grown over the past three years. I spoke to one of the creators of this site. We reminisced (sp?) about the 'old days' of car computers.

    Back then there was only Viper's car software, AKA Cobra. Does anyone remember that software, in it's infancy? I think it's still around, but you have to pay for it.

    Anyway, I'm glad to see that DC power systems for car computers are finally (relatively) affordable enough for people to own. It's great to see mini computers have come a long way. Heh, a few years ago, everyone pretty much had huge *** desktops in the cars, dreaming about getting wireless control and some sort of voice control.

    Nowadays, everyone has touch screens, internet access, custom software, 100+ gig hd's, and the like

    This thread goes out to all those old school guys, and the creaters and pioneers of this site, that have brought the information to the masses.

    With that being said, I will be sticking around these forums more often. Just bear with me if I ask a noob question about something 'new'. Like I said, I'm not used to things like opus, lillyput, and whatnot

    Post us your 'old school' stories here to share with the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    I noticed that I was one of the first members to join the forums (It says I joined in November 2001).
    One of several. I'm still here.
    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    Back then there was only Viper's car software, AKA Cobra. Does anyone remember that software, in it's infancy?
    Yes. Remember mpxplay when it was mainstream? Mpxf when that happened? Know who Hugo Fiennes is?
    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    Anyway, I'm glad to see that DC power systems for car computers are finally (relatively) affordable enough for people to own.
    I don't get it, I built my own DC power system back in 1999. Seemed quite affordable then. Rebuilt it twice since.
    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    Heh, a few years ago, everyone pretty much had huge *** desktops in the cars
    Not me, had a 12x6x2" system back in 99, now down to 8x6x2". But yeah, I know what you mean. Sometimes it doesn't change, some people still have big *** computers in their boots/trunks.
    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    Nowadays, everyone has touch screens, internet access, custom software, 100+ gig hd's, and the like
    Custom software is becoming less and less a common thing. I went to the recent uk meet and most systems there were a 7" lilliput or xenarc hooked up to a epia mini-itx system in the boot running media car. Kudos to software such as Aimee keeping the main players on their toes.
    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    This thread goes out to all those old school guys, and the creaters and pioneers of this site, that have brought the information to the masses.
    I hear ya. My system was a pretty decent system, way before the Epias came out. It still does everything I want. At the uk meet I was one of the few people who didn't run their engines to keep their batteries charged.
    Old Systems retired due to new car
    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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    I am a complete newb to the forum compared to when you guys joined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brady
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    Total Posts: 31 (0.03 posts per day)

    Lol. Yeah and I've posted those 31 in like the last 3 days. Lol. Looks like I have some catching up to do. Good to hear from a fellow old schooler, Rob

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    Heh, I found the forums (after already having my first carpc up and running) right at the end of the dos/mxplay/character lcd/p1 era as it moved into the "current" era of epias-amdxp-p4-etc/vga touchlcd/wifi/gprs/everything. I can still remember looking at the systems of the day on the mp3car users section.

    Heh, and i run nothing in the car without having it running, but thats mostly becausei need a new battery .
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    God yeah do i remeber, had a huge *** desktop and my own built power supply
    Mxpf ruled!! so did lortys lcd plugin!! not forgetting good old batch files !!
    Cobra was like amazing back them! got to version III then went to carplayer SP
    glad to see all the dreams us guys used to have are finally comin alive hey!
    think i found the forums 6 years ago but didnt register till ages later!
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    Heh, thats the other thing i remeber about back then, everyone waitint for the new version of cobra to come out, with a few people beta testing it, for months and months and then it became carplayer.
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    Remeber cobra 1 that was the ultimate that was the bees knees the dogs bolloxs it was a was the greatest thing since sliced bread then came cobra II and it needed a tft huh? wats this? a tft man i was doing wonders with Character LCD's
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    One more that has been around for ages

    started of with no display at all, then a 20x4 char display, a composit screen and now a lilliput.

    Funny part is it has never run for more than 2 days, because i just keep tinkering with it.

    I havent broken alot of stuff, but i have abandonded tons of ideas and material on the way.

    Worst part is its still fun and i still believe that someday the system will work for days on end

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    [bows head to acknowledge the wisdom of the elder forum gods]

    ...make me feel guilty... perhaps I'll for go a Lilly and get a VFD.

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