I'm plowing through the enormous pile of newly redacted SCO documents, as you no doubt can guess, and I've found a couple of interesting things to share, but in the middle of that heavy brain work, I got a press release in an email. I usually don't place press releases on Groklaw, but this one is so entrancing, I am going to. It's for an O'Reilly book, "Car PC Hacks", and my poor brain, never so strong when it comes to staying on only one subject, immediately went walkabout and is now dreaming of hacks for my car. OK, which of you guys volunteers to hack my car for me?
Joke. Joke. The fun would be to try to do it myself, I think. Nah. It'd be fun no matter who made it happen. And honestly, look at the list, and isn't it delightful to think about?
Here's the press release, so we can have fun daydreaming on the same wavelength a while. You know you want your car to be able to do every single thing on the list. Tell your boss it's my fault you can't think about the project at hand.
How can you be expected to think about work when you are contemplating creating "a powerful mobile digital hub" for your car? Or imagining listening to email as you drive? I certainly can't think of anything else for a bit. I'm only human.
If you have any questions you want me to ask the author, just sing out and I will.
For Immediate Release
Geek Your Ride
O'Reilly Releases "Car PC Hacks"
Sebastopol, CA--It started with the addition of satellite radio and then
an iPod. Now DVD and MP3 players, navigation systems, and touch screens
are standard in many vehicles. But installing an actual computer in a car
with TiVo-like functionality? Absolutely! "The time for in-car computing
has arrived," says Damien Stolarz--and his groundbreaking new "Car PC
Hacks" (Stolarz, O'Reilly, US $24.95) is the first book to show readers
how to put a PC in their ride and create a powerful mobile digital hub.
Fully illustrated and written by innovative computer hardware hackers and
automobile customizers, "Car PC Hacks" is a collection of tips, tutorials,
and techniques for installing, displaying, and controlling a car PC. It
shows readers how to use a keyboard touch screen, or voice-activated
in-car computers for things like watching (and even pausing and rewinding)
live TV on the road; videoconferencing on the go; and using GPS to create
a constant travel record.
"Once we get used to features in one part of our lives, we want to be able
to use them everywhere--including in our cars," says Stolarz. People have
come to count on an array of features and choices. "Why shouldn't you be
able to say, 'I like the navigation system in the Infiniti, I think I'll
get that for my Civic'?" asks Stolarz. And people definitely like to
simplify. "When you've got half a dozen different kinds of digital media
sitting in the passenger seat of your car (mobile phone, camera, PDA,
iPod, portable USB memory stick, CDs), you'd like them to be able to talk
to each other. Putting a computer in your car will allow all your gadgets
to work with your vehicle." A car PC can serve as a digital hub for
everyone's favorite must-have devices--and even some they don't yet know
Anyone, with a little know-how, can put a PC on board. "Traditionally, car
guys don't know computers," says Stolarz, "and computer guys don't know
cars." But by using language that both audiences will understand, "Car PC
Hacks" bridges that gap. Computer gurus skilled in all things software and
hardware will learn the wiring, power, and connector basics necessary to
get around a car with ease. Mechanics and auto enthusiasts who can install
speakers, amps, and stereos in their sleep but depend on their friends to
fix their ailing computers will learn all the essentials of the
Clever, detailed hacks include:
-Install a PC or Mac computer that will power on and off just like the car
stereo--and won't drain the car battery
-Move an entire audio collection to the car and navigate playlists with a
remote control or touch screen
-Install a PC-based in-car navigation system that is cheaper, faster, and
more usable than the factory-supplied setup in new cars
-Plug into the car's built-in computer and find out what the "check engine
light" is really saying
-Enjoy wireless networking and accessing the Internet from the car
-Listen to email, news, and RSS feeds while driving
-Run a TiVo-like radio broadcast recorder so favorite shows are always
ready and waiting
-Use a game console as a small, quiet, and affordable in-car computer (and
even offering one to every passenger!)
From hooking up and powering up an in-car computer to configuring it to do
countless cool things drivers never thought possible, the ideas in this
cutting-edge guide show readers the possibilities--and how to make them
happen--with a car PC.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bios, and sample hacks, see:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/carpchks/ . . . .
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