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Mac mini in a Volkswagen

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the ultraslick dept.

Hardware Hacking 346

pyramis writes "Matt Turner has installed a Mac mini into his Volkswagen as an integrated audio/video system. He's distributed the I/O ports around the cab for convenient access and installed a remote power button right into the dashboard. Cool pics of all of this, plus a detailed article on that cool power button."

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Oh no... (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923497)

Slashdot meets Pimp My Ride...

Re:Oh no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923554)

Lets take that old Volkswagen Rabbit with a TI-99/4A and pimp it into a GTi with a Mac Mini.

Perhaps... (4, Funny)

midifarm (666278) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923580)

It should be called Geek My Ride!

Peace

LOL WHAT A CROCK (-1, Flamebait)

tehdely (690619) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923500)

I'm afraid I don't quite understand.

What's so goddamn novel about throwing an underpowered, overpriced Mac inside a dashboard? As if to prove the ages-old adage that Volkswagen owners are retarded fashion whores, we now have exactly that.

If one were interested in getting a portable media center for his car, he would have many options that involve spending less money and/or getting more bang for your buck. Why, for the $500 he spent on his fashion accessory that can't play games, he could've gotten a Dell desktop with approximately double the speed, and expandability to boot, plus he would've instantly been able to use the vast array of Windows and Linux software available.

Proof once again that Macs are nothing more than an item for trend whores and label sluts.

Christ.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (1, Funny)

mstyne (133363) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923517)

I think you need to get laid.

Cheers!

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (4, Funny)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923801)

I think you need to get laid.
Now you're just being a trend whore too... just because everyone else gets laid, you want him to as well.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923569)

Proof once again that Macs are nothing more than an item for trend whores and label sluts.

Right after you said:

he could've gotten a Dell

Oh, the hypocrisy!

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (1)

Tsiangkun (746511) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923589)

you forgot people that realise they can't build a PC as small for the same price as the mini, in addition to trend whores and label sluts.

oh, it's quieter than a dell desktop too, lots lots quieter.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (-1, Troll)

Internet_Communist (592634) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923597)

even though what you say is pretty much true (though I doubt ALL volkswagon owners are brainless fashion followers) you'll be modded down simply because you said something about apple that isn't highlighting them in a positive manner.

what a crock indeed.

there's even companies that sell hardware MP3 players that integrate into the cars existing stereo, so you can for example, use the cars existing radio and (and steering wheel on cars that have them) volume/track controls.

http://www.densionusa.com/x/index.php is such a company. Though they also make things to link iPods to your car...Still, their kits start at $399 for their DMP3 hard drive player and for car specific integration stuff, it's about $500. So the same as an mac mini for a complete mp3 hard drive control system that integrates with your car radios existing controls. Pricey but to be honest I'd rather spend the money on that than giving my money to apple...

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923613)

though I doubt ALL volkswagon owners are brainless fashion followers

Right, most VW owners are just brainless.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923695)

"though I doubt ALL volkswagon owners are brainless fashion followers"

Like slashdot? ;)

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923610)

I'd love to see even the most proficient Windows user deal with a system crash and/or blue screen of death in the middle of heavy traffic.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (3, Funny)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923677)

Proof once again that Macs are nothing more than an item for trend whores and label sluts.

No, because that would bring the Apple marketshare up to 3%, which we all know is impossible.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (5, Informative)

Upaut (670171) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923700)

I'm afraid I don't quite understand.

Let me see if I can break it down for you:What's so goddamn novel about throwing an underpowered, overpriced Mac inside a dashboard?

Well for starters, its a very well done hack. Second, the poster shows that it can display maps, and quite probably can aide in navigation. Third, the mac can store a very large music library, and comes with the ease of itunes. Forth, he made a very nice dash/overall car mod to include a ipod dock, a power outlet, and many shiny buttons...

If one were interested in getting a portable media center for his car, he would have many options that involve spending less money and/or getting more bang for your buck. Why, for the $500 he spent on his fashion accessory that can't play games, he could've gotten a Dell desktop with approximately double the speed, and expandability to boot, plus he would've instantly been able to use the vast array of Windows and Linux software available.

The mac is shiny. And playing unreal at 94 mph along the freeway is not something I want to be doing...

Proof once again that Macs are nothing more than an item for trend whores and label sluts.

I had a Dell for one year before it fried. Bough another, same deal. The costomer service/documentation sucked. On the other hand, I have now had a mac Powerbook for the last two years, and its providing better functionality than any other machine I have bought. When you buy apple, you buy quality. Think of an apple as a Lexus, and a dell as a Ugo. Sure, the Ugo will get you from point A to point B, but it is made of inferrior parts, tends to fail, and lacks any style.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (3, Funny)

CapeMonkey (795733) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923756)

I had a Dell for one year before it fried. Bough another, same deal. The costomer service/documentation sucked. On the other hand, I have now had a mac Powerbook for the last two years, and its providing better functionality than any other machine I have bought. When you buy apple, you buy quality. Think of an apple as a Lexus, and a dell as a Ugo. Sure, the Ugo will get you from point A to point B, but it is made of inferrior parts, tends to fail, and lacks any style.

Let's be honest here, a Dell isn't as bad as a Yugo. It's more like a Chrysler.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (1)

xenoandroid (696729) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923725)

You are the definition of a PC zealot. Why do you care so much that someone wants to put a mac in their car instead of a PC? Maybe the person decided that if they were going to take on this project that they'd rather not have to worry about building the machine themselves or setting up the OS.

It's his fucking choice. Plus I rather not have drivers playing UT on the road, cars are for driving (and racing on the track), not playing PC games.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923755)

Yeah, screw those PC zealots, I only install mainframe systems into my car.

P.S. personal computer != Windows

ut on the road (1)

drxray (839725) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923815)

He could play UT [amazon.com] if he wanted, though the mac mini probably can't handle anything more demanding than 1-on-1 with a decent framerate.

Re:LOL WHAT A CROCK (3, Informative)

thesnarky1 (846799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923825)

I'm not sure about your definition of expandable... All the Dell's I've been in, fixing for my friends, fixing for my work, etc, are NOT expandable. They come with the least bays I've EVER seen. The cases allow for one (1) extra internal device, one (1) extra stick of RAM, and one (1) extra PCI slot. Now, this might not be true for the XPS, but that is a huge waste of money. For half the price of my Dell, I bought parts off of Newegg and got a PC that out performs it considerably. for $500 I don't know ANY Dell I'd buy, and I priced them all under $1000 for work. I find it funny that you called him a label whore, while mentioning Dell here, why not just say a PC? I realize I said Newegg, but I will wholeheartedly reccommend them to anyone who's buying computer parts, because it's the best price, and best quality.

gnaa fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923504)

first post you motherfuckers

already /.ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923505)

no posts and bandwidth already exceeded :(

Re:already /.ed (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923526)

mirror [mirrordot.org] ...

Ouch. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923506)

Not a single comment and it's already down...

Wow. (0, Redundant)

rekenner (849871) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923510)

Not even 5 minutes after the post and already the site is /.ed.

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923540)

Yeah, and when he leaves his VW parked on the street it will be gone it 5 minutes too with all that gear on show.

Re:Wow. (-1, Redundant)

dncsky1530 (711564) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923639)

Mirror thanks to mirrordot.com:

http://www.mirrordot.com/stories/bc578a423a13e63 cc aacb1cedd69d734/index.html

Re:Wow. (0, Offtopic)

luna69 (529007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923782)

Shouldn't ISP's offer /. insurance?

i.e., you pay a buck extra a month and your ISP lets you keep your pages online when something like this happens? Maybe it would be good for once/year or something like that.

Strikes me as a good idea...but then, I've never been /.-ed.

What next? (5, Funny)

Aphex Junkie (633436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923513)

Mini-mini: mac mini in a mini cooper?

Hooray for the slashdotting! (1, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923514)

I clicked at 0 comments and there it wasn't. "You had me at HTTP 1.1 GET!"

Re:Hooray for the slashdotting! (0)

DerekJ212 (867265) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923555)

Amazing...

Where's the obligatory... (5, Funny)

CatherineOmega (863951) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923518)

"Looks like his webserver was RUNNING on the Mac Mini!" Hahahaha, oh MERCY. My aching sides!

Re:Where's the obligatory... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923565)

...oh MERCY. My aching sides!

Oh yeah sorry that was my pitchfork.

Yours
--The Devil

actually... (1)

c0p0n (770852) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923723)

... it was running on the engine of the VW itself...

Puns (5, Funny)

The Amazing Fish Boy (863897) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923746)

Yeah, that really drives me crazy. I mean, I don't mean to steer the conversation in any way or another, but those jokes just don't turn my crank. They signal to me, rather, that Slashdotters prefer automatic over manual posting. The way this place is coasting along in neutral mediocrity, well, it makes me sad. We should change gears around here, and make an agreement to speed up the humor and put the brakes on predictable comments.

Re:Puns (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923773)

Get a hold of yourself, you're a wreck. If some dipstick wants to make a bad joke then let him, don't blow a gasket.

Firefox spyware infects IE? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923519)

http://www.vitalsecurity.org/2005/03/firefox-spywa re-infects-ie.html

What if there was an infection out there that could bypass Firefox and still get its grubby little paws on IE, and from there, the heart of your OS? What if that same infection could get past not only FF, but a whole raft of other (supposedly more secure) browsers too?

But how could this happen?

The answer is, some sneaky coding is being used to get around your browser of choice. Upon visiting the target website, nothing happens. Nothing that is, unless you have Sun Java Runtime Environment installed on the host machine. And seeing how everyone is being urged to turn away from Microsoft's Java in favour of Sun's version, this could spell problems for browsers currently lording it over IE.

Nobody cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923699)

This is a Mac story. No self-respecting Mac user gives two shits about that bloated, ugly, misbehaving, freakish assortment of cobbled-together widgets. We all use Safari.

Slashdotted already... (1)

Stween (322349) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923520)

Resource limit exceeded!
Will retry in a few seconds...


That was pretty swift, even for Slashdot! :)

Re:Slashdotted already... (4, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923560)

Wow, these guys really do have a death wish. Not only did they post Mac stuff to Slashdot, their "site is down" page has a refresh tag to ensure that the process of DDoSing itself is completely automated.

slashdotted :-( (0, Redundant)

UnderAttack (311872) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923521)

slashdotted on a saturday night before the first comment was posted :-(

Re:slashdotted :-( (2, Funny)

thesnarky1 (846799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923766)

hey, I never claimed to have a social life. Nothing's more romantic than the light's of a server on a cold night.

Dont use mac (0)

golfsportila (760666) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923523)

I want to do this in my next car, but I definitely won't be using a mac. THe mini is nice and small, but the lack of programs for mac compared to windows, that are vital to carputers are more important to me. [url]http://www.freestufftimes.com[/url]

Re:Dont use mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923651)

Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen a carputer program for the Mac. Maybe all us Mac users should start petitioning companies that write carputer programs to write ports to OS X. Just think of the market share!

mac sucks (1)

dcom (814853) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923525)

Shame mac sucks and it would just fail on road from any bumps.

Re:mac sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923581)

Wow, a troll account who is also a subscriber.

Er, uh, I mean LOL SUBSCRIBER

Hard drive problems? (4, Interesting)

xtal (49134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923528)

Those people who have done this with standard hard drives.. how do they stand up to being kicked around over time? I've seen a few people with carPC projects, but I've always wondered how the hard drives deal with the additional abuse over time.

You'd think a notebook HD would be alright. I assume that's what the mac mini is using?

(article slashdotted)

Re:Hard drive problems? (4, Interesting)

Twid (67847) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923619)

Yes, the mini uses a 2.5" notebook drive. It's also almost fanless, so it should be good for applications like this. I have seen warning about blocking the bottom of the mini though, because that is where the vents are, so I'm not sure how well it would hold up in a glove compartment like in the article.

Re:Hard drive problems? (5, Interesting)

utlemming (654269) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923682)

What I am interested in finding out is how the computer fairs after a nice hot summer. An August component causulty report would be kind of interesting. Well I understand that the Mac mini does have too much in terms of fans, that car does have a black interior. I can only imagine what would happen if you tried to turn it on when the car tempetures reach 140F in the sun. But I guess if he is far enough north, he shouldn't have too many problems...maybe an Idaho or Minnesota summer.

Well, this may be a problem... (5, Funny)

ral315 (741081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923532)

I predict the hardware might be buggy.

Yes but... (1)

ckemp.org (667117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923533)

Does it have a sizeable back seat?

Re:Yes but... (1)

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923789)

Right, like you need it!

FP (-1, Redundant)

appletag (518067) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923534)

FP

Re:FP (-1, Redundant)

appletag (518067) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923621)

I'm such a dork. I don't know what posessed me.

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923536)

who gives a shit, i can put a pc in my chrysler with all the io buttons and the "cool" power button....... BIG FUCKING DEAL

Volkswagen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923537)

Wouldn't it make more sense to use Mini Cooper (the original, stylish one)?

wow (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923542)

/.ed reeeally fast

PC Competition for I-Minor McIntosh? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923543)

When Stephen Job announced his "I-Minor" McIntosh, it caught my eye. Wanting to buy or build a small computer for my already cramped breakfast bar, I started pricing out similar hardware. The results startled me. Most of the configurations I found cost more than the humble US$499 of the "I-Minor", often much more. To match price with MAC I had to configure with a much bigger shuttle-style case.

So here's my question. What PCs are currently on the market to compete with this? When my woman asks for the "cute little I-Minor McIntosh with dotMax Tigger OS® that MAC just invented", what real computer can I buy instead?

Re:PC Competition for I-Minor McIntosh? (-1, Flamebait)

aristotle-dude (626586) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923784)

Macs are a "real" computer with a "real" *nix OS http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/technology.html [apple.com] .

Why not just give your "woman" what "she" wants. If it works and it is easy to use, what's the problem?

Out of curiosity, what OS and software would you use to replace the easy to use GUI and iLife Apps? Windows XP? Linux is not ready for the desktop and it is sorely lacking in cheap and easy to use media content creation software. Even with windows, you would be hard pressed to replace iLife 04 let alone iLife 05 cheaply.

It's cheap, get it for your "woman" for crying out loud.

Article Text / MirrorDot (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923548)

Mirrordot article [mirrordot.org]

--ARTICLE TEXT:

GTi - MacMini

Well, it kept me from posting regularly, took about two weeks to plan and occupied nearly every night for about three weeks, but the big project I've been promising to post on is done...finally. I actually finished it last week, but wanted to make sure I had covered all the bases and that everything was working properly before putting the car back together and photographing it (thanks to Ryan [lighttight.com] for the quick shoot).

When the dimensions for the MacMini were announced, I immediately got to work figuring out what the best way to integrate one into my own car would be. If I was going to put a Mac in my car, I wanted to make sure it had all of the functionality that it would have in a home environment while still maintaining an easy-to-operate interface so that distractions could be kept to a minimum. So the researching, planning, sketching and disassembly of my cars interior (to see what would fit where) began. After taking the thought process to every extreme imaginable, I decided on the following equipment list:

- 1.42GHz MacMini with 512mb RAM, Superdrive, Bluetooth and Airport Extreme
- Xenarc [xenarc.com] 700tsv 7 USB touchscreen monitor with VGA and dual composite video inputs
- Cirque [cirque.com] EasyCat USB trackpad
- Griffin PowerMate assignable USB control knob
- Lacie 8 in 1 USB flash card reader
- Belkin USB 7-port powered hub
- Belkin USB four-port bus-powered hub
- Belkin Firewire 6-port mini hub
- Alpine PXA-H701 Multimedia processor with RUX-C701 controller
- MonsterCable MCPI300 300watt power inverter
- Female USB, Ethernet and Firewire ports
- 40gig iPod dock
- Griffin RadioShark USB FM/AM tuner

Over the next few days, I will be putting up a post on each general aspect of the install to more closely cover how I did what where and any problems I encountered, as well as the solutions I came up with for these problems as they arose. More detailed pictures of the process will accompany these posts as well, for those interested in the more technical aspects of the install - such as removing the power button and indicator from the MacMini and relocating them to the switch panel in the dash, extending the Apple power supply's cable to locate the "brick" in the rear side panel of the car, fabricating the brushed aluminum trim bezels and rebuilding the glove box interior to accomodate the MacMini. So, enjoy and please check back over the next few days to check out these posts and two new iPod dock installs from last week...

good site (5, Interesting)

golfsportila (760666) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923550)

www.mp3car.com is a great site if your looking to get into these.

given the size of a Mac Mini... (4, Funny)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923557)

is the back of a Volkswagen still an uncomfortable place?

/try the veal. ;)

Re:given the size of a Mac Mini... (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923649)

is the back of a Volkswagen still an uncomfortable place?

Before the hack, it was mediocre. Now it's multimediocre...

Re:given the size of a Mac Mini... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923704)

Booooooooo! ;)

Damn! (0, Redundant)

Murphy Murph (833008) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923558)

It's Saturday night, the server is Slashdotted before the first post. I assume almost no one has see the site, making discussion hard.

How about a game of cards?
Euchre anyone?

Re:Damn! (1)

mike5904 (831108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923716)

Um...I don't think people would read the article even if it wasn't slashdotted. That's not really a requirement for posting.

Re:Damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923786)

How about a game of cards?
Sure, how about 52 card pick-up?

News at 11! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923562)

The burned out hulk of a VW was found along side the road. Officials with the Fire Dept. said the dashboard burst into flames!

I love the geek mind.... (4, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923564)

The question of "why would anyone do this?" simply doesn't exist. It's only a question of "how do I do this?" and, even more importantly, "how far can I take it?"

Of course, eventually this leads to things like cloning carnivorous dinosaurs and destroying small planets, but that's what science fiction writers are supposed to worry about.

Re:I love the geek mind.... (3, Interesting)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923689)

The "why" question is quite easy to answer! They wanted to make a fusion of machines from two companies known for being overpriced because of their trendiness ;)

Site down... (5, Informative)

ral315 (741081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923566)

Mirrordot link [mirrordot.org]
Coral cache [nyud.net]

Damn... (0, Flamebait)

shoma-san (739914) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923572)

Too bad it's a MAC... Too bad it's a Volkswagen...

Re:Damn... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923602)

Indeed, a nazi automobile and a gay computer can't possibly go together...

Re:Damn... (1)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923604)

At least it's a five-speed. Though this project is a good example of when not to use brushed aluminum covers. Ugh. It might have been OK if the front panel didn't have sharp 90 degree angles or a bezel or something, but it looks kind of hackish the way it is now.

Re:Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923679)

It's a MAC inside of a Volkswagen? How did they manage that? I can understand if it was a Volkswagen inside of a MAC, or a Mac inside of a Volkswagen, but wow. Maybe a MAC got into a wreck with Volkswagen? That is the only explanation I can think of.

This is news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923579)

So, someone installed a Mac mini in their VW and this is unique?
http://www.carputermac.com/ [carputermac.com] , http://www.mp3car.com/ [mp3car.com] , lots of people talking about this.

I can't wait for these things to get smaller (5, Funny)

alanbs (784491) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923583)

I predict in 20 years, half the articles on slashdot will be cool cyborg mods (to the human body).

"I slipped the mini under my frontal lobe, so that latencey to the computational region of my brain is minimized, it is powered on my body heat, and the coolest thing, is that I have an IO port on my forehead so that I don't have to deal with the irritation of reaching around to the back of my head to plug in my peripherals."

Re:I can't wait for these things to get smaller (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923628)

I predict in 20 years, half the articles on slashdot will be cool cyborg mods (to the human body).
I don't even want to imagine how many referrals those free stuff whores will need for a cyborg mod.

Re:I can't wait for these things to get smaller (1)

drxray (839725) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923792)

I'd insert bits of electrified metal into them for free!

Mirrordot (0, Redundant)

amembleton (411990) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923584)

Mirrordot cache [mirrordot.org]

Ports vertical? (4, Interesting)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923626)

Did he mount the various ports vertically? In a car that seems like a very bad idea as paper, grime, food will likely all get stuck in it.

Pretty neat (1)

jon1986 (844448) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923629)

Pretty neat stuff he made. Having a computer to manage all the music or video you want to see or hear in your car is a good idea altough now with the iPod the music side is not so 1337. Now what i want to see is a mini computer running linux in a car.

We have a leak... (1)

Christoff Ka Sin Chu (839334) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923631)

Does he work for Think Secret or something? He appears to have his photos copyrighted 2004, BEFORE the Mac Mini came out.

Someone better tell him to spill his sources.

CC

2004? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923635)

Perhaps someone should inform Matt Turner what year it is...

It isn't the hardware. (2, Insightful)

Zugot (17501) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923638)

What is needed is some decent car computer software. Stuff to manage the AC and the radio. I'll try it out when someone manages that.

Dashboard widgets for the dashboard?! (1)

michaeldot (751590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923793)

Ha, I crack me up!

Too bad only Macheads will get the joke, which on Linux-for-fun/Windows-for-work Slashdot is almost no one. Oh well.

Re:It isn't the hardware. (5, Informative)

momogasuki (790667) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923811)

His car, a GTI 1.8T, can be reprogrammed (chipped) to run the turbo at higher boost, in addition to running octane-specific timing maps for more power. Stock is 180 hp, but the ECU can be reprogrammed for around 215 hp on 91 octane, 220 hp on 93 octane, and 235 hp on 100 octane.

There is already aftermarket ECU reflashing software (e.g., http://www.giacusa.com/) for the 1.8T. However, it would be cool if he could rig the Mac Mini to switch between different performance programs. That would be a true hack.

Pfft... (5, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923652)

I'll be impressed when he can fit it into this [cnn.com] .

Re:Pfft... (1)

bryan8m (863211) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923772)

ROFL! Nice, but not even the MacMini is that small.

Mirror (5, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923685)

500 Server Error
The web server encountered an error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. If this error persists, please contact the webmaster, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.


Matt Turner may have turned his Mac mini into a Volkswagen, but we've turned his Web site into a Yugo.

Oh, well, at least there's MirrorDot [mirrordot.org] .

That's a lot of usb ports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923692)

Not to mention firewire and ethernet.

Why does he need all the usb ports? What am I missing?

Finally all alternative lifestyles intergrated! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923706)

I can use my Volkswagen with the Mac Mini to go to IKEA!

Re:Finally all alternative lifestyles intergrated! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923808)

You can afford a Volkswagen and a Mac Mini and you shop at IKEA? If I had that much money I would stop buying their cheap particle board crap.

It should've been (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923709)

A Mac Mini on a Mini!!

But Apple is evil now... (0, Flamebait)

michaeldot (751590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923727)

We Slashdotters, by general acclamation, now officially regard Apple as Evil and a threat to freedom loving peoples.

1. Volkswagens, especially combi vans (is it? the server's been /.'d so I can't see it), belong to wannabe hippies.

2. Hippies are FLP.

3. Therefore, Apple has no place in a Volkwagen. QED.

Needs some droolable graphics (2, Interesting)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923732)

Now all we need is some sci-fi esque program that runs when you get in and start the car, it has to have some sort of voice to welcome you and in green-screen run through all the cars systems listing their status and then showing a 3D wireframe of the car and noting that the rear left tire has slightly lower tred than normal but is still within operating safety parameters and that it will notify the mechanic at the next check-up.

Scroll Mouse trouble? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11923799)

If you install a scrolling MS mouse would you be able to go forward and backward one click at a time?
Or would you have to edit your config first like linux?

It looks pretty good... (1)

bushlick_bill (716163) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923810)

Hey, he pimped his own ride. Why does every discussion on /. devolve into a pc vs. mac smackdown? ps I enjoyed the comments in this thread directed at the execution of the mods dude made to his car.

Slashdot meets Hackaday, again. (1)

Caffeinebot (826925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923813)

I would think the next step would be to take an old dell laptop (~sub 300) tear out the screen and hide the main chasis elsewhere, and use that.
And more importantly, why is this on slashdot? I'd expect this on hackaday?

Of course it's in a VW (1)

ian rogers (760349) | more than 9 years ago | (#11923826)

All hipsters have to have a VW and a Mac. This isn't a flame, I own both a VW and a Mac.

I've also seen this done in a Lexus, but not nearly as integrated. It was more or less a Mini put in the glove box and then hooked up to a fold out LCD screen.

The biggest question that needs to be asked in this situation is - Is the GTi a 1.8T or a VR6?
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