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Home Hacking Projects for Geeks
     

Home Hacking Projects for Geeks

by Eric Faulkner, Tony Northrup
 

Take a geek and a PC, add one soldering iron, a home, and a copy of Home Hacking Projects for Geeks, and you'll give new meaning to the term, "home improvement." From fearless neophytes to tool-wielding masterminds, the home hacker in any geek will find new inspiration and plenty of hands-on guidance to take on a variety of home-transforming projects once

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Take a geek and a PC, add one soldering iron, a home, and a copy of Home Hacking Projects for Geeks, and you'll give new meaning to the term, "home improvement." From fearless neophytes to tool-wielding masterminds, the home hacker in any geek will find new inspiration and plenty of hands-on guidance to take on a variety of home-transforming projects once relegated to the world of sci-fi.This fun new guide combines creativity with electricity and power tools to achieve cool—and sometimes even practical—home automation projects. Never again will you have to flip a light switch when you enter a room or use a key to open your front door. With a few off-the-shelf devices, some homemade hardware, and a little imagination, you can be living in your own high-tech habitat.Home Hacking Projects for Geeks shows hackers of all ability levels how to take on a wide range of projects, from the relatively small but energy-conscious automating of light switches, to building home theaters using Windows or Linux-based PCs, to more complicated projects like building home security systems that rival those offered by professional security consultants. Each project includes a conceptual diagram, a "What You Need List" and a small "Project Stats" section that describes the relative difficulty, time involved, and cost of the project. What's more, each project is a workable, practical way to improve your home—something unique that you can customize for your individual needs.The thirteen projects in Home Hacking Projects for Geeks are divided into three categories: Home Automation, Home Entertainment Systems, and Security, and include projects such as:

  • Remotely Monitor Your Pet
  • Make Your House Talk
  • Remotely Control Your Computer's MP3 player
  • Create Time-Shifted FM Radio
  • Watch Your House Across the Network
  • Build a Home Security System
If you've ever thought the Jetsons had it made, or looked around your house and thought, "I could make that better " then you're ready for Home Hacking Projects for Geeks.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Is this book for you? Let’s find out. Imagine you’d like to know what the weather’s like outside without leaving your bed. How would you do it? A. Buy a radio. B. Configure your computer to read weather data via automated web service, transform the data into digitized human voice, and transmit it to your bedroom’s wireless speakers. If the answer is self-evidently “B,” buy this book.

The inimitable Eric Faulkner and Tony Northrup offer up all manner of projects here. Check your pet across the Web -- or access your entire media collection. Build a home theater PC. Time-shift FM radio. Hey, just reading this stuff’s half the fun. You don’t even have to do it. But, why not? A few X10 modules, some stray hardware that’s surely already in your basement, a few lines of (provided) code, and you’re golden! Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only

Library Journal
Electricians make a good living, partly because the rest of us have no clue how to handle any project involving electricity other than replacing a light bulb. Assuming that we would be interested in learning how to do such things as building our own security systems or monitoring our pets remotely (which for the authors makes us geeks), this rather modestly designed but information-laden manual shows us how the combination of creativity and electricity can lead to such cool effects as, believe it or not, making your house talk. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596004057
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Hacks Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.61(d)

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Meet the Author

Eric's Love affair with technology began as a child with his first electronics project kits from Radio Shack. In his early teens, a friend's Texas Instruments TI99/4A intoduced him to computers and programming, thus sealing his fate to be a lifelong geek.Professionally, Eric's experience is diverse. He worked for a voice messaging pioneer in the 80s. He spent three years in the Army working with nerve agents. He designed fully automated manufacturing facilities for the precast concrete industry. Then he went to college.These days Eric makes a living as a technology consultant and systems engineer. He also finds time for writing, teaching, and editing. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Alyssa, their daughter, Lily, and Lily's grandparents Will and Jean.

Tony Northrup, a Boston-area network security consultant and technology author, developed his interest in home automation after renting an apartment where every light was controlled by pulling a string. Tony turned to home automation products to add light switches without needing to hire an electrician or cutting into the drywall. Tony later bought a house and now uses computers to control and monitor virtually every system in his home: electrical, home theater, security, and even plumbing. Tony's wife, Erica, ensures his home hacking projects are user-friendly and reliable, while his cat, Sammy, mangles every project within paw's reach.

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