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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 AuthorPrefacePart 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
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780596004057
Author:
Northrup, Tony
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Author:
Faulkner, Eric
Subject:
Networking - Local Area Networks (LANs)
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Security measures
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - Electrical
Subject:
Household electronics
Subject:
Home computer networks
Subject:
Home entertainment systems.
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Linux;MP3;hacking;hardware;home automation;home networks;home theaters;integrated home systems;security
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Hacks
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 x 0.61 in 1.41 lb

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