Geek House: 10 Hardware Hacking Projects for Around Home (ExtremeTech)

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  • From the garage to the living room, Geek House provides hackers with 10 PC-based hardware hacking projects that are not for the faint of heart!
  • Taking the DIY mentality to a whole new level, this book teaches techies how to hack, customize, and modify everything-from their sprinkler systems to the temperature of their barbecues
  • Adventurous readers will feast on such projects as installing a bar code inventory system for DVDs or CDs, converting RS232 to wireless, scheduling recording from any television in the house, and creating a remote control finder
  • Companion Web site includes the custom software and source code needed to power these geeky creations

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How smart is your house?

So your home's more like "ho-hum"? Don't wait for the techno-dwelling of tomorrow; do a little geek remodeling today. Make your TV turn itself down when the phone rings. Let your computer water the lawn. Install a kitchen PC that will automatically pull that award-winning sushi recipe off the Internet. And when you've finished these projects, we'll bet you'll be ready to create a few of your own.

Try one, try all

Covers what you'll need, where to find it, and how to build the project

  1. X-10 under the hood
  2. Wireless RS-232 link
  3. Home television server
  4. Security monitoring
  5. TV mute on phone ring
  6. Anything inventory
  7. In-counter kitchen PC
  8. Automated BBQ temperature control
  9. Automated sprinkler control
  10. Car PC

About the Author:

Barry and Marcia Press are hardcore geeks with a decidedly intelligent home. Barry has been designing leading-edge hardware, software, and networks for more than 25 years, including a computer able to analyze adverse drug reactions. Marcia is a former tax CPA and a gourmet cook who loves the efficiency of the kitchen PC. They are coauthors of PC Toys, also from Wiley.

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