Auxiliary Input For A Car Stereo

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Matt Gilbert was tired of using his noisy cassette adapter with his iPod so he added an auxiliary input to his factory radio. Normally this type of thing isn’t possible with factory stereos, but Matt’s 2001 Corolla has the factory CD player as a separate component from the head unit. He starts a CD playing and then uses a toggle switch to swap the sound coming from the iPod with the sound from the CD unit. This would also work with a factory CD changer, but you can’t just plug straight into the head unit because it needs to receive the “everything’s okay” signals from a CD player in order to turn on the input. You might be able to do this with “premium” factory stereos since they usually have a separate amp. All this hack needs now is a clever dock; I bet you won’t even miss that clock.

[thanks Matt]

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with temps in the 90s all week, we can only assume two things:
1. we will be having ungodly lazy afternoons
2. we’ll be grillin’ links alllll week. nice and deliciously.

i’m starting off with something not really hack-related (oooh god forbid) but interesting. it’s a movie based on google becoming a huge-ass conglomorate and wiping out media. very cool and post-apocalyptic kind of feel to it. watch it here and thanks [toto]

now onto some beastly links!

add an auxilary jack to your car [matt]
google maps wallpaper (whatever, doesn’t top my hilary duff wp)
open systems for car computers? oooh, i smell innovation and trouble.

looks like we got ourselves a trend going! more wallpaper from [jamie] and [blackzero]
god, i might have to make this a weekly segment on mondays or something!

uhhh, robot paintball? is it really necessary? [magnus]
dvorak says apple moving to intel will harm linux. nobody gives a shit. stop whining!
…though he could be right.