that is a great idea about running the power straight from the battery. it saves me from having to hook up another set of inverters, etc.

I will look into the CF cards and adapters, that could save me some soldering. anyone know of a straight motherboard-CF interface so i wouldn't have to go motherboard-ide-cf?

still can't find a motherboard for less that $500 which is more than i want to spend for something to drip solder all over.

the reply about apple developing one is my biggest concern right now! I am trying to feel out the currents and decide how committed i am to developing this thing ten minutes before apple ships one! one that will be undoubtedly much more attractive and feature a lower risk of electrical burns that mine smile