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Hardware Hacking: Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty
     

Hardware Hacking: Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty

by Joe Grand, Ryan Russell, Kevin D. Mitnick
 

"If I had this book 10 years ago, the FBI would never have found me!" — Kevin Mitnick This book has something for everyone—-from the beginner hobbyist with no electronics or coding experience to the self-proclaimed "gadget geek." Take an ordinary piece of equipment and turn it into a personal work of art. Build upon an existing idea to create something

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"If I had this book 10 years ago, the FBI would never have found me!" — Kevin Mitnick This book has something for everyone—-from the beginner hobbyist with no electronics or coding experience to the self-proclaimed "gadget geek." Take an ordinary piece of equipment and turn it into a personal work of art. Build upon an existing idea to create something better. Have fun while voiding your warranty! Some of the hardware hacks in this book include:
• Don't toss your iPod away when the battery dies! Don't pay Apple the $99 to replace it! Install a new iPod battery yourself without Apple's "help"
• An Apple a day! Modify a standard Apple USB Mouse into a glowing UFO Mouse or build a FireWire terabyte hard drive and custom case
• Have you played Atari today? Create an arcade-style Atari 5200 paddle controller for your favorite retro videogames or transform the Atari 2600 joystick into one that can be used by left-handed players
• Modern game systems, too! Hack your PlayStation 2 to boot code from the memory card or modify your PlayStation 2 for homebrew game development
• Videophiles unite! Design, build, and configure your own Windows- or Linux-based Home Theater PC
• Ride the airwaves! Modify a wireless PCMCIA NIC to include an external antenna connector or load Linux onto your Access Point
• Stick it to The Man! Remove the proprietary barcode encoding from your CueCat and turn it into a regular barcode reader
• Hack your Palm! Upgrade the available RAM on your Palm m505 from 8MB to 16MB

· Includes hacks of today's most popular gaming systems like Xbox and PS/2.
· Teaches readers to unlock the full entertainment potential of their desktop PC.
· Frees iMac owners to enhance the features they love and get rid of the ones they hate.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While most of us are content to use our technical toys as provided, hardware hackers constantly search for bigger, better, and more interesting ways to modify their equipment. Hardware Hacking Projects lives up to its title by outlining how to carry out various projects, from building an aquarium inside a Mac, to hacking a video periscope for your car, to building an Internet coffee maker. Cost, time, and difficulty are estimated for each, and project downloads are available online. Appendixes provide additional information on topics like creating schematics and different types of power sources. A clearly written, illustrated, and fun guide for larger libraries serving do-it-yourselfers, tinkerers, and power users. Hardware Hacking provides a similar step-by-step project approach, but projects differ in type and scale-find out here, for example, how to create a paddle for your Atari 5200, build a UFO mouse, and add a larger hard drive to your iPod. The last section includes an OS and coding overview, while beginning sections cover tools and electrical engineering basics. Appropriate for larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Slashdot.org
Hardware Hacking starts by going over the basics of electronics, just enough so you can understand what is happening later in the book. This gentle beginning means the book is great for people who work with computers on the software side, or people who like to play with electronics. You do not need to be an electrical engineer to understand what they are talking about in this book.... If changing hardware to better suit your needs sounds like something you would like to try, but you don't know how and are worried about what might happen, then this book may just be able to convince you go for it, along with enough information to make your next warranty-voiding attempt a success.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932266832
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
02/22/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.15(d)

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Meet the Author

Kevin Mitnick (Technical Editor) is the most famous computer hacker in the world. Since his first arrest in 1981, at age 17, he has spent nearly half his adult life either in prison or as a fugitive. He has been the subject of three books and his alleged 1982 hack into NORAD inspired the movie War Games. Since his plea-bargain release in 2000, he says he has reformed and is devoting his talents to helping computer security.

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