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---------------------- Forwarded by Boyd Drew/Bos/Teradyne on 04/02/98 08:41 AM --------------------------- "Robert K. Kuhn" <kealoha@HOME.COM> on 04/01/98 11:28:16 PM Please respond to Air-Cooled Volkswagen Discussion List <VINTAGVW@SJSUVM1.SJSU.EDU> To: Multiple recipients of list VINTAGVW <VINTAGVW@SJSUVM1.SJSU.EDU> cc: (bcc: Boyd Drew/Bos/Teradyne) Subject: Project VW-CD. PROJECT VW-CD ============= Ok ... In the last 12 hours since I posted my initial idea of a CD, I've gotten at least 15 people willing to help out, Luis A. Pieretti(?) even took the time to give me a call (which I thought was kinda cool; nice talking with you!). After further thinking and basic planning, I've come up with the following layout. The CD will have the following info -- I was looking at this CD as being an electronic VW magazine which would be published every quarter or so (depending if there is enough interest and data to keep it going). A lot of us have web sites or at the very least visit various web sites for info. We also direct other people to said sites when they are looking for help and advice. Because not everyone has a fast connection to the Internet, this would be a niffty alternative. Picture Gallery Both air and water cooled VW's will be displayed along with a brief history (editorial) about the car. Might even consider doing an "Editor's pick" and have a "featured" VW from the respected type (air and water). I would also include pictures that people have taken of other VW's ... sort of "The strange and odd things that people do". For example, a friend of mine saw a Golf/GTi where the owner had grown grass all over it. Stuff like that. I also have some hand drawn VW's that some of you have sent/shared with me. I will include these along with anything else that's VW related (ie: VW post/greeting cards!). Tech Articles This would be the hardest to pull together, but not too hard. Just time consuming as the articles would have to be verified to an extent. I was thinking about cutting and pasting various threads off the Vintage VW and H20 list. I'm also hoping that those of you that subscribe to other VW oriented lists will help me out in this area. I will also welcome stuff that individuals write. These would come from those that have a wealth of knowledge but no web site to put it on. I've also been talking with some of the VW shoppes that I know of for thier assistance. These tech articles would cover things as simple as your basic tune-up and oil change to possibly the tear down of an engine or/and tranny. I would also like to do custom and performance tips and tricks (like how to lower your VW the "right" way). I might even see about getting some VW part makers to donate some info on how to install their products (such as installing an Autotech Sport Tuning cam or something). I was also looking at a "series". Some of you know that I have been planning my "Banzai" air cooled engine for the Type-I. I've been selecting my components, doing as much research as I can as well as talking with others who have some experience with some of the stuff that I plan to use. With my digital camera, I could document the progress. I would also encourage some of you that have a project car going on to do sort of the same thing .. stuff like that is what I am thinking for this part of the CD. Stories Here is the fun part. Many of you have shared great adventures with and in your VW's. I would like to include some of your best adventures. If you have pictures, great! We'll include them! For those of you that have a nightmare/horror storie to share, we'll include it as well. For example, there was this guy on the H20 list whos engine had litterally siezed up on him. With very little cash on him, he managed to get the engine un-stuck and got almost all the way home! I would even consider short stories (fiction). VW Clubs If you want your VW Club listed, give me the address and all the general info along with contacts and stuff like that. Other VW people from around the world Being one of the WWWV's managers (WorldWideWolksVagen) I would like to include some of the stuff that's on the WWWV site. One being the huge user data base. I will need to talk with Pim. If you're on the data base and would not like to be included on the CD, lemme know. Before I cut the first CD, I will send this reminder back out. I would also like to see a VW parts manufacture directory of some sort. Other stuff Other VW oriented web site address would be a must. If space permits, I would like to include some VW screen savers, icon's for your computer and other stuff like that. Even include some sound files. Some of you kooks have actually taken the time to record the sound of your engines. (c= Again, if space permits, I might include some AVI/QuickTime movies. Perhaps I can talk my friend Shawn Meze to mount a cam in his car the next time he goes out on the track. (c= Some of you are like me in that I collect VW model cars. Though I like to lower mine. (c= I would even do a Toy/Collectiable section. Even a rarest of the rare type thing. I was thinking about "Show reviews" where people would send me their view and feelings about a VW show that they went to. Well, that's the jist of it. Nothing is set in stone but the above is what I was thinking about. What also prompted this was a person contacted me the other day asking how hard it would be to make a CD for his VW Club. He had seen and read about CD writers, but doesn't know all that much about computers. Some of the people in his club doesn't have access to the Internet. Some of the articles that they print in their newsletter comes from various sites and lists. Oddly enough, most of them had computers with a CD in them. I told him that it really wasn't all that hard and it really doesn't cost all that much once you get the CDW. I told him that I would do a few for him to get him started and that's what sparked this whole thing. As to the platform issue (PC, Mac and Sun/Unix), since most of it will be text and images, this should not present a problem. I was even thinking about giving the user the choice on how he/she wanted to browse/access the CD. I would include a simple Table of Contents (TOC) which would in the form of plain text and make an HTML version so that the user could browse the CD with his/her browser. Today I was playing around with my CDW and was able to include some music tracks as well. So for you musicians out there, I could possibly even include some music tracks. (c= Anyway, all this is in the planning stages and I just got done drawing it out on paper so that I can get a better idea as to what is invloved. It looks very doable. But I will need some assitance in pulling this off and that's where you all come in. For the tech articles, just fire up notepad or some other text editor and just type it out. Don't worry about how it's formatted. Just check it for spelling and accuracy. I will probably be setting up a "submission" section on one of my web sites where people could submit their ideas, articles, images, etc. Probably will be on my "hooligan" site (which is also in beta). I apologize for the length of this message. I would also appreciate it again for those of you that are on other VW lists to forward this (long) email. The cost per CD would be about $3.00 (USA). But it shouldn't cost more than $5.00 (this would be if I had to ship over seas). Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to help out in anyway. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ICQ #: 3714283 (nickname: godzilla) Phone: (760) 931-9200 x 2495 [Monday - Friday; 7am PST - 4pm PST] Or I can call you, just leave me a number where I can reach you and the best time to call. Thanks again for all of you that have sent me your positive feedback and comments as well as support! Robert K. Kuhn Systems Administrator/Web Slave Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2292 Faraday Avenue Carlsbad, CA. 92008 [+1 760] 931.9200 x 2495, [+1 760] 931.9639 (FAX) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ( .. or .. ) email@example.com ICQ # 3714283 (nickname: godzilla) Web: http://www.isip.com/users/kealoha ...had this been an actual emergency, we would have fled in terror, and you would not have been informed. Project VW-CD.