The front panel

2013-09-14 16:40 by Ian

The front panel is the replacement face-plate for the radio box. It is the base of the user interface for the car computer.

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The top plate

2013-08-23 09:50 by Ian

The top plate in the radio box holds the bulk of the custom circuitry for the car computer. Mounted to it, we have the public address (PA) amplifier, the DC/DC for the amplifier, my hand-built filter and audio-level shifter, the main CPU board, the audio board, and a handful of regulators and MOSFETs.

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Automotive Isolation Box

2012-09-03 01:47 by Ian

This is a brief construction log of the barrier that sits between the computer and the hostile electrical environment found in a car.

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Car PC: Linux distibution and customizations

2011-05-11 23:08 by Ian

The distro is Arch. It was chosen for its light-weight, customizability, and its fantastic documentation. Here, modifications to the basic repository-sourced installation are discussed.

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Cloning CompactFlash Cards using WinHex

2009-07-05 12:16 by Ian

A procedure for making byte-for-byte copies of CF cards. Written while working at a camera repair shop that needed this capability, but it’s also useful for lifting partitions from a development system using a conventional hard drive and dropping them onto a CF card for operation in a finished condition (after appropriate edits).

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Mounting a MySQL database from a ram drive in slackware

2008-12-27 21:49 by Ian

My little 1GHz VIA EPIA board now runs a DB that will saturate the NIC. By running the database from files located in a RAM drive, hard drive speed is no longer a limiting factor in database performance.

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Compiling JVLC for a 32-bit linux environment

2008-03-16 22:50 by Ian

When it doesn’t exist, you must build it yourself.
This is the outline of my tortuous experience building the java bindings for VLC on linux. I am happy to report that it does in fact work.

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The Car PC: Server-side software

2007-11-10 00:02 by Ian

The server at home that handles much of the remote work.

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