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The jukebox project

Yet another somewhat crazy idea....

Since I still have the stock audio stuff in the Focus I thought up another possible alternative. I've done something similar when I had my Taurus and while it was a little rough around the edges, it worked quite well.

Anyway....

The ingredients:

1 Mac Mini with ~80gig drive
1 power converter
1 6.5"-7" LCD touch screen(have yet to measure exact size)

* Stock speakers are ok for now, but eventually replace them with something better.
* There's enough room on the dash to eventually add a center channel speaker and enough room to spare in the trunk for a sub to come up with surround sound - this will likely require a surround sound capable sound card.

This would eliminate my stock head unit along with the FM tuner(which is fine, radio sucks anyway). Boot up time on the Mini shouldn't be too bad, my laptop does very well. Keyboard/mouse can be done via Bluetooth and adding music/video's could easily be done via the slot load optical drive or over a wireless link.

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Re: The jukebox project

no mac - run linux on an athlon.
There is opensorce software out for what your doing.
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no mac - run linux on an athlon.
There is opensorce software out for what your doing.
Main reason for the Mini is its size and all the stuff that's already built in. If I were to buy all the hardware and assemble it myself it would likely cost closer to $1k.

I could go with a Mini-ITX box, and it would still cost more(such as the one here.) No Bluetooth, no wireless LAN, doesn't have a slot load optical drive, only 256RAM, 40 gig drive and a slower CPU. Similarly priced Mini
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But you said you'll be replacing it with a truck soon....
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I can take it out and move it...Wouldn't be that hard
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Re: The jukebox project

Boy you ARE bored. You need a girl. Oh wait I forgot who I was talking to. You need a boyf...a dog. You need a dog. Or you need to start drinking.

Wanna go shooting soon?

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As soon as the weather gets bad...
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Boy you ARE bored. You need a girl. Oh wait I forgot who I was talking to. You need a boyf...a dog. You need a dog. Or you need to start drinking.

Wanna go shooting soon?

HD
Remember how he had a shot with a hot slightly older chic, and he completely let it pass by?

Forget the in-car gadgets, you'll be sick and tired of them in a few more years anyway.
Get nicer cars and a hot girl.
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Remember how he had a shot with a hot slightly older chic, and he completely let it pass by?
That was her...

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Forget the in-car gadgets, you'll be sick and tired of them in a few more years anyway.
Get nicer cars and a hot girl.
The Focus does fine for now...no need for a nicer car. I have a bike to pick up chicks with
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...no need for a nicer car....
You are no longer welcome in my home. You need to wash your mouth out with soap.
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You are no longer welcome in my home. You need to wash your mouth out with soap.
Thtop being tho thenthitive...I thaid need. Never thaid I don't want.
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Re: The jukebox project

This idea you have sounds awfully interesting to me
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