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    Mac Mini Dock

    http://asteroid.divnull.com/index.php?p=17

    Imagine having that planted in your dashboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    http://asteroid.divnull.com/index.php?p=17

    Imagine having that planted in your dashboard.
    Before someone asks "where can I get one" (Because we know someone will ask!!)":
    Quote Originally Posted by http://asteroid.divnull.com/index.php?p=17
    Let me stress that this product does not actually exist. I have the idea, but neither the time nor talent to see it to fruition. I present it here so that others might.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Mac Mini Dock for Mobile Computing

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    http://asteroid.divnull.com/index.php?p=17

    Imagine having that planted in your dashboard.
    This one's a little easier to imagine!:

    http://homepage.mac.com/lazzwaldo/PhotoAlbum2.html

    Yes, the epoxy's ghastly looking; nothing a bit of styrene veneer wouldn't cover up for looks. But boy, it works good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazzWaldo
    This one's a little easier to imagine!:

    http://homepage.mac.com/lazzwaldo/PhotoAlbum2.html

    Yes, the epoxy's ghastly looking; nothing a bit of styrene veneer wouldn't cover up for looks. But boy, it works good.
    I gotta admit, that's pretty friggin' cool.
    Now you need to make another one for home
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Yea that is pretty sweet. I'm thinking about doing something like that to mount it in my glove box so I can still take it out and use it in the house.

    Was it hard to fabricate? Also I noticed you had said something about making it easy to take out, have you figured out how to do that yet?
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    Further dock mods

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    Yea that is pretty sweet.

    Thanks, man.

    >I'm thinking about doing something like that to mount it in my glove box >so I can still take it out and use it in the house.

    Exactly!

    >Was it hard to fabricate?

    No, but then I have a full machine shop, mills, and aluminum stock. It could be done with a hand drill, bandsaw, and a good accurate square. If the side rails aren't square, that could lead to misalignment/bent DVI pins .

    >Also I noticed you had said something about making it easy to take out, have you figured out how to do that yet?
    I put a velcro strap on it, which works, but it just looks fugly. So I'm going to complicate it more and make an eject lever, but it has to really use leverage to pop the two apart.

    I'll take more pix and vids when I get closer to finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazzWaldo
    I put a velcro strap on it, which works, but it just looks fugly. So I'm going to complicate it more and make an eject lever, but it has to really use leverage to pop the two apart.

    I'll take more pix and vids when I get closer to finished.
    Damn, that's so nifty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazzWaldo
    I put a velcro strap on it, which works, but it just looks fugly. So I'm going to complicate it more and make an eject lever, but it has to really use leverage to pop the two apart.

    I'll take more pix and vids when I get closer to finished.


    Wow. If you pretty that thing up a bit, and figure out a way of building it fast/cheap, you could sell alot of them. If you do, remember your friends here at Mp3car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACHIEVER
    Wow. If you pretty that thing up a bit, and figure out a way of building it fast/cheap, you could sell alot of them. If you do, remember your friends here at Mp3car.
    Yes indeed, you should remember us . If you really do get that working the way you're talking I would definitely buy one off you if you ever thought about making more to sell. And of course I would have to see some more pics and video .
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    Question...

    Great idea, but it does draw a question to mind... Most docks for laptops that I have experience with, perform an electrical eject/undock. Since the on/off button is in the back, and since you are planning on milling this out of aluminium, what are you doing to ensure that before you undock the mini you don't create a surge/arch? I am assuming of course you are like myself and forget to shutdown the system from time to time...

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