Android and Arduino Code for In-Car Screen

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Subaru Legacy

As part of my project trying to do a DIY (Android-based) in-car screen system I’ve decided to use Arduino as the halfway house between hard buttons, info from the car (like its being in reverse) and whatever sensors, and the Raspberry Pi running Emteria OS. I’ve written an Android app […]


Subaru Legacy in-Car Screen: What Software?

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Subaru Legacy

Continuation of the previous post, which was the equivalent, but for hardware. The finale of this post and the last one is that I ended up using Android for my in-car system (as opposed to some base version of Linux)…in fact, I’d say you need not read any further: it’s mostly […]


Subaru In Car Screen: Kenwood FGZ204F2 Wire Ports

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Subaru Legacy

The old screen unit in my car was a Kenwood FGZ204F2 system. It has 4 jacks/harnesses into the back. This post is just the outcome of my Googling of what the various pins do. The pin diagrams I found, weirdly, were all on Russian Subaru/ car forums: https://www.drive2.ru/l/456756/ http://monitor.espec.ws/section43/topic227492.html The plan […]


Subaru Legacy in-Car Screen: What Hardware?

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Subaru Legacy

In my last car-related post I skimmed over my DIY touchscreen replacement to the all-in-Japanese AEM/stock system that I’d ripped out. As with all things I seem to take on, what I have ended up with hasn’t been as straightforward as I thought to start with. I thought I’d stick […]


AliExpress Spinal Surgery

I have just been shopping around on AliExpress for some bits-and-bobs for my DIY in-car screen. The image below flashed into the adverts banner. Ya, I was intrigued … so down that clickbait rabbit hole, I went. I suppose the idea that surgical tools are being made in China is not […]


Subaru: New in-car display

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Subaru Legacy

Our 2006 Subaru Legacy, when new, must have been the bee’s knee’s for all the electronic gizmos it has. It is crammed with entertainment tech to make those 00s Tokyo traffic jams more manageable. The jewel is/was the 7″ touchscreen with sat nav, TV, DVD video, vehicle settings, a calendar, a calculator, vehicle […]


Dog’s Head: Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Dog's Head

The end goal of this exercise is to cast, from metal, a bust of my dog’s head in metal: perhaps to use as a coat hook. The first step, modelling the dog’s head’ went well. This is just an ‘interim’ post with a few photos of the 3D printing of […]


Dog’s Head

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Dog's Head

We bought a giraffe head coat hook a while back – not sure why. Its made of cast aluminium. I have since seen the same head in a couple of other places – restaurants, shops. The most recent was in a place we stayed over Christmas. It is as if […]


Nice Words

Random List of ‘Nice’ Words Well Words I Liked Anyway For a while now, whenever I’ve seen a word I liked and not known the meaning of, I’ve looked it up and stuck it on the end of a list in Google Keep. I was looking at the list the […]


Typo Detection Part VI: End of the comparisons, for now

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Typo detection

So, I’ve spent a bit of time comparing my writing’s transition matrix with three classic authors – Hemingway, Baum and Darwin. This, really, was a little bit of an aside: Secretly, I was hoping some sort of magic formula would jump out to tell me how to write better. Unfortunately, if […]