Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Carpc Application

Well, enough about the car. Now its time to talk about the application I have been developing over the last year on and off to control the car computer via touch screen, voice activation, and serial buttons. The entire thing works for teh most part, but is still faaaarrr from finished.

This is the basic set up of the main menu of the application. The entire thing is skinnable. This is just a test interface so I can run it for now. I am not a big graphics/photoshop guru, but hope to be soon. Just from this you can see the application includes a few features. Overall it includes:
  • Fully Skinnable
  • Direct X 9 for music playback
  • Voice Activation
  • Completely tweakable via xml options fiels
  • Advanced Playlist
  • Weather info
  • Picture viewer
  • Integrated IE
  • Auto File sync to remote machines for music updates
  • Map Point integration for Navi
  • and Much much much more
Well, got distracted and didn't finish this. Will continue another day...

Monday, June 27, 2005


On Saturday I finally had a chance to wash and wax my car with the assistance of my wonderful girlfriend Jen. We spent all afternoon washing it and giving it a nice coat of Meguiar's 26 wax. Since it had been a while since I had last washed it, it was covered in bugs and junk from driving to and from college. I decided to try Turtle Wax's Bug and Tar Remover. It works great! It definitely helped get all those little messes off. I also went out and bought new floor mats since the little plastic ones I bought years ago for $5 were getting pretty gross. I didn't take any pictures but with a cleaned out interior and new floor mats, the car is looking better than ever. Well, enough chat. On to the pics...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Car Audio Setup

Well, I have been really busy and have not had time to add to this until now. Here I will discuss the Audio components that I have installed. I have not take any picture since the sub and amp have been installed but I will take lots of pictures shortly.

Headunit: Awia CD player 40wattX4
Front speakers: 5 1/4 Cerwin Vega Stealth Series
Rear speakers: 6x9 Pioneer 3 way speakers

Sub: 12' Infinity Reference 1242w Dual Voice

Amp: Rockford Fosgate Punch 3001P RMS: 300 Watt@2 ohms Born Stats sheet rates @ 395watts

Tuesday, June 07, 2005



I own a white 1999 Pontiac Sunfire SE. Over the last year or so I have been slowly adding a carpc to my car. Basically, this is a desktop computer tweaked for car use and filled with 25GB+ of music! It sure makes my car rides to and from work a lot nicer. I have been developing my own software to run on the computer. I also just purchased a amp and sub to install in the car. More details will follow in coming days along with pictures. I am going to hopefully be cleaning the car all up in the coming week or two and giving it a nice wax job. Should make for some nice pictures.

This blog is basically going to be a log of the progress of the car modifications, car computer, audio system, and the car pc software I have been writing for the last year.