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Geek My Ride

Modern cars pack more processing power in their in-car entertainment system alone than the space shuttle does in its entire flight management system, and some of the things recent cars can do are pretty nifty. But what happens when a pair of open-source hackers apply their skills to a Mazda RX-8 and a Nissan 300ZX, retrofitting Linux-based onboard systems to extend the cars' capabilities? This presentation explores some of the challenges involved in connecting open-source hardware and software to existing vehicle electronics to provide full-time internet connectivity; in-car video conferencing; remote vehicle management, diagnostics, and reporting; touchscreen-driven MythTV-based in-car entertainment; wifi and 3G integration with the owner's home automation system; remote start; and other features including a few special surprises that won't be revealed until the presentation.

Both cars will be brought to the conference so attendees can see them in person.

(Joint presentation by Jonathan Oxer and Jared Herbohn)

Jonathan Oxer

Jonathan has been labeled "Australia's Geekiest Man" and has been hacking on both hardware and software since he was a little tacker. He is past-President of Linux Australia, and founder and Technical Director of Internet Vision Technologies.

Jonathan is set to host an upcoming TV show called "SuperHouse" featuring high-tech home renovation, open-source automation systems, and domestic hardware hacking.

Jared Herbohn

Jared (Flame) Herbohn, is an open source geek, software developer & project manager. He is CEO of Cyko Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based IT consultancy company. Flame was a co-founder of PHPMelb and past-President of Brisbane PHP UG.

When he's not staring into the 6 foot wide cluster of monitors on his desk, Flame enjoys relaxing activities such as pistol shooting, driving his 300zx and DJing at his favorite dark alternate club.