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  • Blog Post: Car Head Unit Compatibility with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

    I recently had a desperate need to upgrade the audio system in my car, and wanted a good Mango-compatible system. I learnt a lot about Bluetooth and what to look for to get a great in-car experience, which I am sharing here. Please note these are my personal findings and opinions, none of this should...
  • Blog Post: Zune in my Boxster: Part 2

    I've been enjoying my Zune installation for a while now, but I had one thing that bugged me: operating the touchpad with the player mounted in the ashtray was a bit tricky when stationary, but very tricky when moving. It was also time to post some pictures of my handiwork. Fortunately Soundgate...
  • Blog Post: A Personal Guide to Ripping CDs with Zune

    Over the holidays I ripped about sixty CDs with the Zune software, and it wasn’t as smooth as it should have been. Here is what I learnt, which I hope will save others time and frustration. It had long been a plan for the holidays for me to manually compare the substantial CD collection my wife and...
  • Blog Post: Zune Installation in my Boxster

    Following the recent success in using a Zune for the kids to watch movies in the family vehicle , I decided it was time to update the music system in my car. I was a very happy customer of a Kenwood Keg which had been professionally installed in my Boxster years ago, but frustrations with that system...
  • Blog Post: Converting Zune playlists into Windows Media Player playlists

    For some inexplicable reason Zune playlists (ZPL) are different from Windows Media Player playlists (WPL). I foolishly made a Zune playlist and wanted to burn a data CD with it, but the Zune Burn feature only makes audio CDs. I tried loading the ZPL into WMP, but it failed. After 60 seconds of comparing...
  • Blog Post: Using a Zune 80GB as a Car Video Player

    Following on the theme of trying to make it easier for my kids to watch movies in the car but without the hassle of the pesky shiny discs, I decided to try using a Zune 80GB as a car video player. This is clearly outside its design parameters, because the Zune Car Kit has no provision for video output...
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