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PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office and Entertainment

ISBN: 978-0-7645-4229-9
336 pages
November 2003
PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office and Entertainment (076454229X) cover image
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
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

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.

Index.

End-User License Agreements.

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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.
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Tom Ehrensperger, the developer of the WXSIM-Weather Simulator we showed you in the chapter on building a weather station (and that we included on your CD-ROM), wrote some additional notes for you to help clarify how to import weather data from sites on the Internet into WXSIM. We've posted his notes in both DOC and PDF formats.

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Welcome to the PC Toys Companion Web site.
Wecome to the PC Toys Companion Web Site.

The authors wrote PC Toys expecting you'd use the book in conjunction with the many sites on the Internet we've cited in the book. Those links are on the CD-ROM at the back of the book, and on this page.

The nature of the Internet is such that links can break. If the a link here goes bad, try searching the site for the item we discussed in the book. If the site itself has no search function, use the site search function in the Google toolbar. If a complete site vanishes, try searching for the company to see if they've chosen to change their domain name.

Introduction

http://kogs-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~moeller/symbolics-info/symbolics.html
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
http://www.wiley.com/compbooks/extremetech
http://gpsinformation.net
http://www.smarthome.com
http://www.google.com
http://www.ask.com
http://www.crucial.com
http://www.esctech.com
http://www.allstarshop.com
http://www.cablesnmor.com
http://www.measureanything.com
http://www.temperatures.com
http://www.thomasregister.com (search for sensor)
http://www.findasensor.com
http://www.sensorsportal.com
http://www.x10.com
http://www.dataharvest.com
http://www.data-harvest.co.uk

Chapter 1

http://www.tivocommunity.com
http://kogs-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~moeller/symbolics-info/symbolics.html
http://fare.tunes.org/tmp/emergent/kmachine.htm
http://lemonodor.com/archives/000242.html
http://www.inc.com/articles/finance/fin_manage/bankrupt/2622.html
http://www.grid.org/projects
http://www.seti.org
http://www.intel.com/performance/resources/desktop/charts.htm
http://www.techadvice.com/help/Products/T/tv-tuner-cards.asp
http://mirror.ati.com/products/tvwonderve/index.html
http://mirror.ati.com/products/radeon9700/aiw9700pro/index.html
http://mirror.ati.com/products/tvwonderproremote/index.html
http://www.hauppauge.com/html/usb_data.htm
http://www.shopper.com
http://www.memorex.com/products/product_display.php?cid=161&pid=496&oid=573
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/ProductPage.asp?Product_ID=577
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/productpage.asp?product_id=603
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/docloader.asp?templ=1070&doclink=/WebVideo/
studioversion8/English(US)/doc/comparison.htm&product_id=577

http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdplayers
http://www.bluesnews.com/plans/1/
http://www.antennaweb.org
http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.asp
http://www.nero.com
http://www.tvguide.com
http://www.snapstream.com/Products/Products_PVS3.asp
http://sourceforge.net/projects/irtuner/

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Chapter 2

http://www.wurlitzer.de/index.php/article/archive/519/
http://www.MusicMatch.com/download/free
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/zonealarm/znalm_details.jsp
http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/prodlist.jsp?tab=cat&pathtype=purchase&cat=
32&selcat=Internet+Gateway+Routers+%26+LAN+Modems&family=178

http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/2922052.htm
http://www.MusicMatch.com/download/plus
http://www.turtle-beach.com/site/products/santacruz
http://www.streamzap.com/products/pcremote
http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=
CTLG%5F002%5F004%5F004%5F000&product%5Fid=15%2D1972

http://www.cablesnmor.com/stereo-rca-y.html
http://www.cablesnmor.com/rca-patch.html
http://www.vcdhelp.com
http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdplayers
http://english.aopen.com.tw/products/mb/AX4GETube.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/11/biztech/articles/01real.html
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,14270,00.html
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=products/details&CRID=486&CONTENTID=5060
http://www.microsoft.com/catalog/display.asp?subid=22&site=11247
http://us.shuttle.com/specs2.asp?pro_id=183
http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/sleekline/sleekline_2000.htm
http://www.turtle-beach.com/site/products/audiotron/producthome.asp

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Chapter 3

http://www.smarthome.com/4815.html
http://www.homeseer.net
http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_ms13a.htm
http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_rc5000.htm
http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=
CTLG%5F006%5F002%5F002%5F000&product%5Fid=61%2D2684

http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_lm465.htm
http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_ck11a.htm
http://www.homeseer.com
http://www.smarthome.com/1132u.html
http://www.smarthome.com

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Chapter 4

http://www.terraserver.com
http://www.locutuscodeware.com/swatch.htm
http://www.atomtime.com
http://www2.oregonscientific.com/cablefree/
http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/uncgi/Yoursky
http://www.sfo.com/~parvin/skywatching.html
http://www.bisque.com/help/thesky/telescope/Telescope_Interface_Cables.htm#TICCables
http://www.bisque.com/help/thesky/telescope/Telescope.htm
http://www.meade.com/catalog/etx/etx_mak.html
http://www.meade.com/catalog/autostar/497_autostar.html
http://www.meade.com/catalog/etx/etx_accy.html
http://www.discovery.com
http://www.bisque.com/Products/TheSky/TheSky.asp
http://www.hnsky.org/software.htm
http://ascom-standards.org
http://www.cleardarksky.com ( The www.cleardarksky.com link is broken please use. http://www.pobox.com/~clearskyclock/csk )
http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk
http://skyandtelescope.com/magazinearchive/
http://www.usno.navy.mil/8inchdob.html
http://tie.jpl.nasa.gov/tie/dobson/
http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/tele/tele.htm
http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/space/activity.html
http://www.meade.com/support/CommandSet.html
http://www.meade.com/catalog/etx/etx_accy.html
http://www.meade.com/catalog/meade_pictor/index.htm
http://iraf.noao.edu/
http://www.meade.com/catalog/pictor/208xt.html
http://www.epinions.com/Meade_Pictor_208XT_CCD_Camera__Camera_07551xt

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Chapter 5

http://www.acsm.org/pdf/Calculate.pdf
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/logger_features.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/heart.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/magnetic_field.htm

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Chapter 6

http://catalog.blackbox.com
http://www.smarthome.com/7742.html
http://www.pantiltcam.com/TCamWeb/productdes.htm
http://www.shopper.com
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=products/details&CONTENTID=5042
https://secure.eagletron.com/TCam/purchase/cart.php?Item=H2002E150
http://www.x10.com/products/vanguard_sg1.htm
http://www.x10.com/products/x10_vk45a.htm
http://www.radioshack.com/
http://www.x10.com/products/x10_vt38a.htm
http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

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Chapter 7

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/pubs/pofeature.htm
http://www.smarthome.com/7152.html
http://www.winland.com/demo.php3?id=7
http://www.smarthome.com/1132u.html
http://www.winland.com/details.php3?id=9
http://www.winland.com/details.php3?id=30
http://www.winland.com/details.php3?id=42
http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=
CTLG%5F004%5F001%5F001%5F000&product%5Fid=273%2D1631

http://www.x10.com/security/x10_pf284.htm
http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_ck11a.htm
http://www.homeseer.com
http://www.apcupsd.com/manual/upsbible.html
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/comm98/html/vbobjcomm.asp
http://www.smarthome.com/x10thermostat.html

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Chapter 8

http://www.algone.com/salinity.htm
http://ioc.unesco.org/oceanteacher/resourcekit/M3/Classroom/Tutorials/Processing/CTDDataProcess.htm
http://www.fivecreeks.org/monitor/sal.html
http://www.epa.gov/volunteer/spring97/mettec14.html
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/logger_features.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/conductivity.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/general_temperature.htm
http://www.epa.gov/volunteer/spring97/mettec14.html

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Chapter 9


http://www.obdiicsu.com/Docs/DTC/DTCData.html
http://www.actron.com/code_lookup/index.php
http://www.gendan.co.uk/diagnostic/dtcs.php
http://autorepair.about.com/library/ts/obd-ii/bl-obd-main.htm
http://www.carchip.com/drive/products/drive_product.asp?pnum=8210
http://www.carchip.com/drive/products/drive_product.asp?pnum=8220
http://www.shopper.com
http://www.carfax.com
http://www.obdiicsu.com/Studies/2002CaseStudies/O2Codes/O2Codes.html
http://www.asashop.org/autoinc/july2002/techtotech.cfm
http://www.asashop.org/autoinc/aug2002/techtotech.cfm

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Chapter 10

http://gpsinformation.net/main/dopnontech.htm
http://users.erols.com/dlwilson/gps.htm
http://gpsinformation.net
http://www.visualgps.net/VisualGPS
http://www.gpsinformation.org/dale/nmea.htm
http://pcptpp030.psychologie.uni-regensburg.de/trafficresearch/NMEA0183/manufact.txt
http://217.204.152.210/support_maps.cfm
http://www.topobird.com
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5E86EC97-40A7-453F-B0EE-6583171B4530&displaylang=en
http://www.delorme.com/earthmate
http://www.delorme.com/streetatlas2003
http://www.xantrex.com/products/product.asp?did=146
http://igo.ententeweb.com
http://www.e-zpassny.com/static/info/exteriortags.html
http://www.sourceforge.net
http://vancouver-webpages.com/peter
http://www.netstumbler.com

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Chapter 11

http://www.cheapmeat.net/ClimateControl.html
http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~ross/Documents/SchoolTalkA.html
http://www.weather.com
http://www.intellicast.com
http://nws.noaa.gov
http://www.wunderground.com
http://wwwa.accuweather.com
http://www.earthwatch.com.
http://www.ask.com
http://download.com.com/3000-2381-7467194.html
http://www.cloudforest.com/weather/weather_res.html
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/logger_features.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/general_temperature.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/barometric.htm
http://www.dataharvest.com/Products/easysense/sensors/humidity.htm
http://members.aol.com/eburger/wxsim.html
http://www.weathergraphics.com/wxsim/index.htm
http://www.dayweather.com/Shopping%20Cart/ws2010PC.htm
http://www.topozone.com/findplace.asp
http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/cag3/cag3.html
http://www.fi.edu/weather/todo/vane.html
http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/units/energy/dixie.html
http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/w4ehw/CWOP-Main.html
http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/aprs.html
http://www.calsci.com/Weather.html
http://www.e-insite.net/ednmag/archives/1996/092696/20di4.htm
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrhq/nwspage.html

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Chapter 12

http://mindstorms.lego.com
http://catalog.belkin.com
http://mindstorms.lego.com/support/en/ris20.asp
http://www.quicktime.com
http://shop.lego.com
http://www.pitsco-legodacta.com
http://graphics.stanford.edu/~kekoa/rcx
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lejos
http://www.plazaearth.com/usr/gasperi/lego.htm

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Chapter 13

http://www.cablesnmor.com/cat-5-cable.html
http://shopper.cnet.com/shopping/search/results/0,10214,0-1257,00.html?tag=sort&qt=ethernet+hub&cn=&ca=1257&so=1&st=0
http://shopper.cnet.com/shopping/search/results/0,10214,0-1257,00.html?tag=sort&qt=ethernet+switch&cn=&ca=1257&so=1&st=0
http://shopper.cnet.com/shopping/search/results/0,10214,0-1257,00.html?tag=sort&qt=Ethernet+PCI&cn=&ca=1257&so=1&st=0
http://shopper.cnet.com/shopping/search/results/0,10214,0-1257,00.html?tag=sort&qt=ethernet+adapter+usb&cn=&ca=1257&so=1&st=0
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?Section_Id=201523
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?Section_Id=201487
http://www.dlink.com/products/wireless/index.asp
http://www.dlink.com/products/routers/index.asp
http://www.linksys.com/products/group.asp?grid=33&scid=35
http://www.linksys.com/products/group.asp?grid=34&scid=29
http://www.netgear.com/products/wireless.html
http://www.netgear.com/products/routers/websafefirewall.asp
http://www.netgear.com/products/prod_details.asp?prodID=33
http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?sec=Products&pg=Product-List&cat=5&site=c
http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?sec=Products&pg=Product-List&cat=4&site=c
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=201523&pcount=&Product_Id=122640
http://www.dlink.com/products/wireless/dwl900ap/
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=157&grid=
http://www.netgear.com/products/prod_details.asp?prodID=92&view=
http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?sec=Products&pg=Product-Details&prod=269&site=c
http://www.shopper.com
http://www.unrealadmin.org

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Chapter 14

http://www.nmra.org
http://www.digitrax.com/zephyr.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/computer.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/mobdec.htm#dh163D
http://www.railroadandco.com
http://www.digitrax.com/dtprod.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/troubleshootdec.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/troubleshootcs.htm
ttp://www.tttrains.com/nmradcc/rp922.html
http://www.atlasrr.com/dcc/Atlas_Decoder_Manual.pdf
http://www.digitrax.com/decodeindex.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/dh163d.htm
http://www.lenz.com/products/decoders/currentdecoders/emfcv-v54.htm
http://www.ncedcc.com/catalog1.html
http://www.zimo.at/MX61E.PDF
http://jmri.sourceforge.net
http://www.wiringfordcc.com/booster.htm
http://www.wiringfordcc.com/wirefordcc_toc.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/pm4.htm
http://www.digitrax.com/pm42_dcs50%20sync.htm
http://www.cmlelectronics.co.uk/products/dac10.htm
http://www.cmlelectronics.co.uk/products/dsc8.htm

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Chapter 15

http://www.ceiva.com/public/all_about_ceiva.jsp
http://download.cnet.com
http://www.wftpd.com
http://www.shopper.com
http://www.wgldesigns.com/rain8.html
http://www.smarthome.com/7160.html
http://www.christmascave.com/software.htm
http://www.animatedlighting.com/products/default.asp
http://www.smarthome.com
http://www.smarthome.com/hw0276.html
http://www.roguewave.com/products/xol/codesamples.cfm
http://www.shoutsoft.net/feature.asp?productid=1
http://www.findasensor.com
http://www.sensorsportal.com
http://www.smarthome.com
http://www.parallax.com/html_pages/resources/start/getting_started_main.asp
http://www.parallax.com/html_pages/products/basicstamps/basic_stamps.asp
http://www.smarthome.com/1135.html
http://www.nteinc.com/specs/1400to1499/pdf/nte1434.pdf
http://www.smarthome.com/1624.html
http://www.smarthome.com/73101.html
http://www.smarthome.com/73111.html
http://www.modem-software.com/ac_callerid_features.htm
http://www.sunflowerhead.com/software/yac
http://www.pppindia.com/answer/
http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl

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Appendix A

http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
http://www.google.com/grphp
http://www.speedguide.net
http://www.grc.com
http://download.com.com/3000-2092-10196007.html
http://www.apc.com
http://www.winzip.com
http://www.lavasoft.de
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download

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Appendix B

http://www.intel.com/design/packtech/ch_06.pdf
http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/SHARED/SoloESD.shtml
http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/atb/MATMEP/MS%20Word%20Lesson%20guide%20PDF%20files/Lg13.pdf
http://workmanship.nasa.gov/lib/insp/2%20books/links/sections/11-01%20General%20Requirements.html
http://www.esda.org/
http://www.esdjournal.com
http://www.radioshack.com

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