Sunday, August 21, 2005

First road trip

Well, I drove back to school a week ago and my Mac Mini was amazing, the sounds was great all the way down from arkansas and never had a single problem. I can't wait to get a new phone to work with my set up, now if only gas prices would go down so i could afford to drive more than once a week. also, here are a few things that I think a good frontend for the mac needs:

1. itunes integration
2. bluephoneelite integration
3. sleep/shutdown button (instead of having to go through the finder menu
4. gps integration
5. iPhoto itegration
6. LAN scanner integration (Kissmac/netstumbler)
7. DVD integration
8. Ability to skin the app

If I knew anything about programming and if I had a Mac in my room I would try and write something. Maybe in the near future....

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

FINISHED! for now....






So as I promised here are some pics. The first one is my screen, in the dash with my Metra Dashkit which I got off ebay. I just cut out the pocket and some of the frame so that the screen would sit in there and then built a metal cage around the screen it self. I had originally planned to have two doors that slid out and closed in front of the screen but there wasn't enough space in the final build to put them in. Instead I'm just going to cut a piece of plastic and paint it that I'll be able to pop in that hole to cover it when I park my car downtown or in the parking garage at school. The second picture is my Valet switch. I can flip it off and my amp and screen won't turn on when I start the car. The third picture is the USB extension cable that I have running from my glove box through a hole cut in the bottom of the storage compartment. I have my Griffin Powermate pluged into that which I use as my volume knob. You can see it in the first picture under the emergency break. The next picture is my mini which I have installed in my glove box. All the wires run up through the back of the glove box as well as my P1900 which is between the firewall and the back of the glovebox.
The last two pictures are of my screen again. You can see how I keep it attached to the metal frame by use of electrical tape. This is just a temporary thing, I plan on fabricating a better frame some time down the line. The last picture was taken at night and shows off the iKarr interface that I'm using. It works great for changing songs while driving. The rest isn't fully functional yet but it's making good progress.



so that's that, I still have some work to do but forn ow it's perfect for what I want to do with it. My next purchase will be a new cell phone with bluetooth. I'll keep posting as I continue to upgrade my car.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

I'm almost finished!

well, I tried again with the amp today and it worked out really really well. My mac, screen and amp are all getting power now. All I need to now is install my speakers and the initial install will be done. In the future I hope to have the following things added to this system:

GPS Navigation (Once the mac gets a better GPS software)
Cell Phone Integration with the Motorola V635 and Bluephone Elite
Bluetooth keyboard (need the money for that sweet looking logitec keyboard I saw)
Steering wheel controls. (still devising a plan for this one.)

Pictures will be posted once the initial install is finished.