Us HTPC'ers have much to learn from you guys
I've been doing HTPCs for a few years and have a somewhat robust & complex setup for the house. I've just discovered this site recently, and oh my, do I and my fellow HTPCers have much to learn from you guys.
Some of the fabrication stuff going on is pretty intense, and very professional looking.
Anyhow, here's the first idea I already stole off you guys [and bought from one of you]. Thanks, I look forward to continued plagiarism. This is a post I just did on avsforum.com in the htpc section.
i just put CQC(www.charmedquark.com) on my $250 10" Fujitsu Sylistic 3400 w/winXP touchscreen. Very happy I went this route for the living room and left the PDA cellphone control for the outside patio. The additional screen size really drives up usability, and the price is dang cheap. [docking station was another $60 - not sure if I'm going to keep that or not]
I've only done a wee bit of testing as kids are asleep, but it seems very acceptable esp given it's role will be as a living room/zone 2 controller for music, heat, maybe lighting someday. The screen is very clear, the digital camera & using small jpeg makes it look fuzzy.
I'm going to build some form of wooden case-mount for the back to hide the docking station. Also, I may run CAT6 to it so I don't have to worry about any wifi dropouts; haven't quite decided yet. It would be nice to just pull out of dock and hand it to a guest to pick music, though.
Here's the screens that'll be put on it: