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The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects Paperback – 23 Oct 2012
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Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine, with 6.7 million readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, delivering a new look at the future now. It’s the ultimate guide to what’s new and what’s next. Popular Science is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the United States, and is published in five languages and nine countries. Its web site, popsci.com, has been readers’ first stop for up-to-the-minute science news since the site first went live in 1999.
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There are numerous proof-reading mistakes, even in the forward and the author's introduction. Seriously? Did anyone read it?
There is a useless section on tools and skills. A list of tools with no pictures at all? If I didn't know what they were, how are two gauge sentences going to clear it up for me? Welding is covered, in its "entirety," in nine bullet points on one half of a page. Still without any pictures.
Much of the information is wrong: The description of a transformer is just plain wrong. The picture of a transistor is a four-legged can, unlike any transistor that any DIY person is going to find. Resistors without the color code? Useless.
We then jump right into a bunch of projects about how to drink, including tap-sucks from a vodka-filled watermelon, hiding your beer can, and drinking in the shower. Perfect. My life is complete. The only interesting section was an all-in-one brew-to-tap beer machine, but without any real detail, and no links to find out more.
There are electronics projects w/o schematics, or any operational theory. The "planetarium" tells me to buy an arduino-clone, and lots of optical fiber. What kind of fiber? Where do I get it? How do I handle it? Why this clone? How do I program it? (Oh, the ardunio instructions, all half page of them, are wrong.)
Build an explosive PVC cannon. But don't bother telling folks what "Schedule 40" means, much less what kind of PVC to use.
Avoid this book. There are hundreds of better ones out there.
Parts are a bit like the Anarchists Cook Book.
yeah, you can do some of the dumb stuff - but, it is really smart or safe to do so.
I can't recall who published the book - but, they probably have outstanding warrants in 48 states.
Still, I guess that it could prove useful in thinning the herd.