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Home Hacking Projects for Geeks (Hacks)


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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.

About the Author

Faulkner began playing with electronics project kits from Radio Shack and later on a friend's Texas Instruments T199/4A. This led to a career in programming. Now a self-professed geek, he enjoys working on projects that help make his home his electronic castle.
Tony Northrup is a professional consultant and writer with dozens of books to his credit. He has authored several Microsoft Training Kits and is a coauthor of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0--Application Development Foundation. Tony Northrup lives in Phillipston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • Preface
  • Part I: Home Automation
    • Chapter 1: Automate a Light
    • Chapter 2: Automate Your Porch Light
    • Chapter 3: Remotely Monitor a Pet
    • Chapter 4: Make Your House Talk
  • Part II: Home Entertainment
    • Chapter 5: Remotely Control Your Computer
    • Chapter 6: Control Your Home Theater
    • Chapter 7: Build a Windows-Based Home Theater PC
    • Chapter 8: Build a Linux-Based Home Theater PC
    • Chapter 9: Create Time-Shifted FM Radio
    • Chapter 10: Access Your Entire Media Collection Over the Internet
  • Part III: Home Security
    • Chapter 11: Keyless Entry Welcome Home
    • Chapter 12: Watch Your House Across the Network
    • Chapter 13: Build a Security System
  • Colophon

Product Details

Northrup, Tony
O'Reilly Media
Faulkner, Eric
Networking - Local Area Networks (LANs)
Security measures
Do-It-Yourself - Electrical
Household electronics
Home computer networks
Home entertainment systems.
Networking - General
Linux;MP3;hacking;hardware;home automation;home networks;home theaters;integrated home systems;security
Personal Computers & Micro / General
CourseSmart Subject Description
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