Mac Toys: 12 Cool Projects for Home, Business, and Entertainment (ExtremeTech Series)

Mac Toys: 12 Cool Projects for Home, Business, and Entertainment (ExtremeTech Series)

by John Rizzo, Scott Knaster
     
 
How many cool things can you do with your Mac? Well, add 12 more to that list.

If you're one of the millions of Mac owners who like to tinker with their machines and do what their PC brethren can only dream about, this is the book for you.

Mac gurus John Rizzo and Scott Knaster will open your eyes to a dozen cool new tricks you can do with your Mac. Create a Harry

Overview

How many cool things can you do with your Mac? Well, add 12 more to that list.

If you're one of the millions of Mac owners who like to tinker with their machines and do what their PC brethren can only dream about, this is the book for you.

Mac gurus John Rizzo and Scott Knaster will open your eyes to a dozen cool new tricks you can do with your Mac. Create a Harry Potter style picture frame that puts on a continuous slide show; teach your house to turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and water the lawn by itself; edit and record live TV while you watch; and more.

With a dozen new things to do with your Mac, your PC pals are going to envy you more than ever.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764543517
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
ExtremeTech Series, #2
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
0.80(w) x 7.50(h) x 9.25(d)

Meet the Author

John Rizzo began his love affair with the Mac in 1984. A former staff editor for MacUser magazine, John now covers the Mac front for CNET.com. His Web site, MacWindows.com, is devoted to helping Mac users survive in a Windows world.
Scott Knaster is the author of How to Write Macintosh Software and Macintosh Programming Secrets, long required reading for Mac programmers. Scott owns every issue of Mad Magazine, which offers some insight into his personal philosophy.

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