This little devices makes me wonder if i'm brilliant or retarded. It's from Addonics (www.addonics.com) and it turns 2 compact flash cards into a 2.5 ATA (laptop or PowerPC MacMini) hard drive.
I don't have any large CF cards yet, but I pulled a 4gb microdrive from a dead iPod Mini and installed a bare-bones Tiger on it for ****s and giggles. It works but is pretty slow, and even a basic Tiger install leaves little room for caching or VM space.
Anyone know if those "fast" CF cards are much faster than a Microdrive?
I could take two 4gb or 8gb CF cards and RAID stripe them to make a decent boot drive.
My theory is that since they are solid state they will wont be effected by driving over LA's streets and wont generate as much heat as a normal drive.
This is one of the biggest reasons I want to use the PowerPC MacMini.
A LaCie 100gb firewire drive. This will be used to transfer movies and music from other sources and will have an emergency boot partition for repairs as well (I did mention I was a Mac Tech right?).
YAWS (Yet Another Woot Score) is this Gyration Mini Keyboard and Mouse. Im 90% sure i wont use the mouse especially since it needs to be recharged in it's cradle and that has to be plugged into AC power. The RF reciever runs off USB power
and the keyboard uses AAA batteries.
Here we have a Motorola Boost i455 running Mologogo. Following the threads on Mp3Car.com I got the phone working as a slow modem, and a ghetto Lojack using Mologogo and Google maps.
There's also a US Globalsat BU-535 Waterproof USB GPS. All of you know the current state of Mac GPS software, and it aint pretty. I've been playing with GPS2gex/Google earth on my 12" powerbook G4 and the Boost phone as a modem and it doesn't seem that bad. I kind of like Roadnav x as well, but then again I don't need turn-by-turn. I have a very good sense of direction so as long as it can show me where I am and what's near by I will be happy. Routebuddy's demo is a joke as it comes with no maps and has the ABSOLUTE WORST PROGRAM RUINING WATERMARK EVER USED!!!! I cant seen to find file that might possibly start with a T, end in T, and has orren in the middle.
That brings us back to the PowerPC vs Intel issue, sure I can run parallels or bootcamp and some windows apps but that defeats a lot of the reasons to use a mac for me.
I really want all my apps to use Growl (www.growl.info).
I want all my apps to use the Mac OS X speech engine and I have some really cool voices from Cepstral (http://www.cepstral.com/) with accents!
Tiger has some very cool voice control features that tied with Applescript studio can do some awesome stuff.
None of these work with windows apps. Im not a windows guy, im a mac guy. the thought of using windows anything on a regular basis gives me the chills and makes my 11th toe tingle.
Bluephone Elite will do the handsfree thing as well as caller ID and addressbook stuff. The Bluetooth proximity script will be used to secure the GUI using the phone. Right now the phone is a lame Razr V3 but thats just keeping me mobile
until the iPhone comes out (yes i'm steve jobs' *****).
Some of the other stuff thats not pictured that I plan to at least play with in the Carputer but are not part of the master plan:
Nintendo Wiimote - A cool bluetooth input device that has mac drivers and I have an extra one.
Griffin Radioshark - Don't really need another radio in the car and I do use it to record at home, but the new HD one has my interest.
Backup camera - get another Pico cam and use it for a backup camera
So there you have it folks! What did I forget? What isn't a good idea? What's pure genius? Pure madman? Should I shut the hell up and go away?
Questions? Answers? Hate mail?