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Can you make your Mac even more fun? Heck, yes. Get Mac Toys, and see how.
John Rizzo and Scott Knaster walk you through 12 great projects that transform your Mac into...well, just about anything. OK, they’ve skipped the old “Mac SE-into-Aquarium” trick. But just about everything else is here. Easy stuff. Hard stuff. Cheap stuff. Slightly-more-costly stuff. One thing it’s all got in common: fun.
You’ll start out simple, with X10 home automation -- for lighting, security, sprinklers, whatever. (No new wiring required. You can get started for just $40, and there are plenty of cheap software options, too. Plus, this is one project you can even handle with your ancient Mac OS 7 system.)
Next, set up your own personal Internet radio station -- “much easier than you might think.” Compare your options for watching, recording, and even editing TV on your Mac (skipping commercials is just the start). Got an old PowerBook hanging around? Transform it into a digital picture frame, then hang it on the wall.
The authors show how to transform your Mac into a complete music studio -- covering everything from MIDI and synthesizers to music notation software. Or, turn your Mac into a real-life video arcade game console (we’re not just talking software here). You’ll learn how to convert your old vinyl LPs to MP3, and your old videos to DVD (whereupon you can spruce 'em up with iMovie).
Mac Toys: It’s Macs to the max. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.