[aprssig] Re: LCD in the car

Mark Fellhauer sparkfel at qwest.net
Mon Mar 24 17:58:13 EDT 2008

At 12:48 PM 3/24/2008, Jan T. Pharo wrote:

>Mark Fellhauer <sparkfel at qwest.net>, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 08:28:02 -0700:
> >Who is going to be accessing a computer in my locked car when I'm not in
> >it?  Or who other than me is going to be accessing that computer when I'm
> >driving?
>Well, the one breaking into your or someone else's car.
>The dangers of having a driver managing a computer while driving is
>btw far more serious, imho.
>Anyway, not an APRS issue.

Actually a car-puter is APRS related.  I have often run an APRS equipped 
computer in my car.

As for someone beaking into my car, that's a separate issue.  I have a nice 
pager alarm system, a starter kill, and a vault garage (no exterior windows 
or doors, built into a hill).

As I pointed out a Windows password is NO impediment to gain access to your 
computer.  Give me a Linux boot disk or thumb drive and I can reset your 
password in about two minutes.

Furthermore, it's a car-PC used primarily for GPS navigation, playing MP3's 
and the odd Web-browsing.   Some people add a back-up camera or a TV tuner 
to the mix.  It's not like people are using these to store military secrets 
or do their taxes on.  A password is not necessary.  Do you have a password 
on your handheld GPS, car stereo, DVD player, or iPod?

As for driving - there are many haptic devices available for Car PC input 
that minimize driver distraction.  Besides, who says you have to be moving 
to use the system?  Heck, most of the time I use my cellphone in the car I 
pull off the road and stop.   Again, there has to be LOGIC when you make an 


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