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PC toys : 14 cool projects for home, office, and entertainment
Press, Barry, 1950-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
xxv, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
"Extreme Tech"--Cover.
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TK7881.25 .P74 2004 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area
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Come on out and play

You can only surf the Net so long. You can only play so much video poker. So if you're a PC addict who's ready for some new fun, this book is your toybox. Each of the 14 projects inside includes a parts list, suggestions for finding the needed equipment, clues to the cost, helpful Web links, and complete directions. What's that? You have a few ideas of your own? Check out the suggestions in the final chapter, and start inventing your own PC toys.

The Toys

Each with a complete materials list and detailed, illustrated instructions
* TiVo-like video recorder
* MP3 or CD jukebox
* Coffeepot controller
* Telescope tracking station
* Workout monitor
* Home surveillance with Internet remote access
* Fridge and freezer monitor
* Fish tank monitor
* Auto diagnostic center
* In-car navigation system
* Weather station
* Robots
* Networked video games
* Model train controller

CD-ROM includes
* Trial version of Pinnacle Studio
* Visual GPS, freeware, and SocketWatch, shareware version
* Demo versions of GoldWave and Nero Burning ROM
* Unreal Tournament 2003 demo

Author Notes

Barry and Marcia Press have been indulging their need to build PC toys for 25 years. Barry's creations have included a unique cable TV modem, ATM networks, a desktop computer that can analyze drug interactions, and an artificial intelligence planning system. He and Marcia are also the authors of the PC Upgrade and Repair Bible as well as several other hot-selling computer books.

Table of Contents

Part One Entertainment
Chapter 1 Create Your Own TiVo-Like Digital Video Recorder
Chapter 2 Build a Jukebox for Your Home Stereo
Part Two Home
Chapter 3 Have Hot, Fresh Coffee Whenever You Get Up
Chapter 4 Build a Telescope Tracking Station
Chapter 5 Monitor Your Workout
Part Three Security
Chapter 6 Home Surveillance with Internet Remote Access
Chapter 7 Monitor Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Chapter 8 Monitor Your Fish Tank
Part Four Out And About
Chapter 9 Do Your Own Automotive Diagnostics
Chapter 10 Build Your Own In-Car Navigation System
Chapter 11 Build a Weather Station
Part Five Pure Fun
Chapter 12 Create and Control Your Own Robots
Chapter 13 Throw a Networked Head-To Head Video-Gaming Party
Chapter 14 Set Up a Computerized Control Center for Model Trains
Chapter 15 Inventing Your Own PC Toys
Appendix A Working With Your PC -Software
Appendix B Working With Your PC-Hardware
Appendix C What's on the CD-ROM
End-User License Agreements