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PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment
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Ever wonder what fun things you could do with your PC, aside from playing games?
Barry and Marcia Press offer some suggestions. These involve integrating your PC
in some ingenious fashion to your surroundings. Quite distinct from running
games or surfing the web. Actually, while they deal with the latest PCs, there
is a definite retro flavour to this book. You see, before the web arose, most
PCs were standalone, or perhaps connected to a LAN if the PCs were in a
workplace. But home PCs were usually on their own lonesome selves. Plus, the
games of that era lacked the intensive graphics and complexity of logic of
today\'s offerings. So quite often, PCs were used by hobbyists who were hardware
buffs. This goes all the way back to the Homebrew Computer Club of San Francisco
in the 1970s. So if you try some of the book\'s projects, like monitoring your
fish tank or your fridge or freezer, or making a control centre for model
trains, you are actually indulging in an \'old school\' ethos.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Entertainment 1
Ch. 1 Create Your Own TiVo-Like Digital Video Recorder 3
Ch. 2 Build a Jukebox for Your Home Stereo 27
Pt. II Home 49
Ch. 3 Have Hot, Fresh Coffee Whenever You Get Up 51
Ch. 4 Build a Telescope Tracking Station 75
Ch. 5 Monitor Your Workout 95
Pt. III Security 109
Ch. 6 Home Surveillance with Internet Remote Access 111
Ch. 7 Monitor Your Refrigerator and Freezer 127
Ch. 8 Monitor Your Fish Tank 141
Pt. IV Out and About 151
Ch. 9 Do Your Own Automotive Diagnostics 153
Ch. 10 Build Your Own In-Car Navigation System 171
Ch. 11 Build a Weather Station 189
Pt. V Pure Fun 203
Ch. 12 Create and Control Your Own Robots 205
Ch. 13 Throw a Networked Head-to-Head Video Gaming Party 223
Ch. 14 Set Up a Computerized Control Center for Model Trains 243
Ch. 15 Inventing Your Own PC Toys 267
App. A Working with Your PC - Software 275
App. B Working with Your PC - Hardware 283
App. C: What\'s on the CD-ROM 289
Index 295
End-User License Agreement 309

Product Details

* ISBN: 076454229X
* ISBN-13: 9780764542299
* Format: Paperback, 308pp
* Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
* Pub. Date: October 2003

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