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    Autodownload webpages when an internet connection is present for later vieiwing?

    I'm using 802.11g in my soon to be completed car pc and what I want is to possibly automatically download some websites like the weather, for example, whenever an internet connection is present. If that isn't possible, what about at a set time each day, perhaps in the middle of the night when I'm sleeping?

    I've searched around google but can't seem to find anything and I hope somebody here can help.

    Thanks!

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    How about something like avantGo? This is generally used for synchronising webpages for PDAs but would probably be pretty good in this instance....

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    I think there should be a part of your browser for "offline content" - you know when erasing temp files in iexplore you can erase all offline content? when activated, I think you can select pages to autodownload if net is present...

    but I don't do that as I navigate the web only when the web is present, so I might be wrong, but I'd look into that being you
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    I've been wanting to come up with something like this as well. I use AvantGo and Vindigo (restaurant, movie, sports info) for my PDA and I'd love to be able to use something like that. Note: I don't have a CarPC yet.

    So far I have downloaded a few news readers that can comb through websites, extract the text and read it out to me using text-to-speech. I can set the program to sync on startup and then read the news to me while I cook breakfast. I have thought about using a Palm emulator with AvantGo but I haven't tried it out yet.

    What do you need yours for? I will use mine for reading up on news and RSS feeds.
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    http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index....pid;1277378924

    Neat topic, got me thinking. I never realized xp had built in file synching.

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    Also, if you goto windows help and search for "Make Web pages available offline" you file find how to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenglo
    Also, if you goto windows help and search for "Make Web pages available offline" you file find how to do it.
    Right. Except I think we are looking for something that is tailored more to the CarPC. Avantgo strips out the graphics and just presents the text, at a standardized font and size. I know you can just setup IExplorer to use larger fonts (View >> Text Size >> Largest) and to not download images, but that still doesn't fix some of the formatting issues (not to mention that some of the text does not increase in size - specifically if the web designer has coded the font to be a certain amount of pixels (12px) tall and not using points (ie 12pt).

    Personally I want to be able to push a button, sync all my news channels, and then listen to the news uninterrupted while I drive to work. We could integrate the track fwd/reverse buttons to switch between news stories etc. As I said earlier, I have (err had) a news reader that would do this - but it had set sources and the UI was clunky - not fit for Car PC use.
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    I don't know too much about the technology, but perhaps the solution is in RSS feed? I defer to someone who knows more about it though...

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    I have used HTTP://www.weatherbug.com in the past. It resided in the system tray as current temperature, and will send you weather alerts. If you wander through a WAP zone, it will update automatically.

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    Another solution is to use an RSS reader. Whenever you wander through a WAP, it should connect and see if there are any new items in the RSS feeds.

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