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Authors: Jim Aspinwall, Aspinwall Jim
ISBN-13: 9780071473606, ISBN-10: 0071473602
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Date Published: December 2006
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Jim Aspinwall

Jim Aspinwall (Campbell, CA) has been the Windows Helpdesk columnist and feature editor for CNET.COM and author of three books on PC maintenance. His articles have been the feature of two recent covers of PC Magazine – March and August, 2005. Jim is also an amateur radio operator, electronics technician and OSHA certified tower climber, maintaining radio transmission sites in northern California. He is the author of Installing, Troubleshooting, and Repairing Wireless Networks (McGraw-Hill, 2003), as well as PC Hacks (O’Reilly, 2005), IRQ, DMA, and I/O (MIS:Press, 1995) and several editions of Troubleshooting Your PC (MIS:Press, 1994).

Book Synopsis


If you yearn for the coolest, most crazed 'puter around, PC Mods for the Evil Genius is the key to the kingdom! This book shows you how to supercharge your PC-and create a jaw-dropping system that cannot be purchased off any shelf, anywhere!

You get complete, easy-to-follow plans, clear diagrams and schematics, and lists of parts and tools, so you know what's needed before you begin. PC Mods for the Evil Genius gives you:

  • Illustrated instructions and plans for amazing projects presented in sufficient detail to be built even by newcomers
  • Loads of projects simple enough for beginners-but intense enough to impress even your most savvy friends
  • Tips to add high-end features easily and economically
  • Frustration-factor removal-needed parts and tools are listed, along with sources-and how to get everything you need at the cheapest prices possible


PC Mods for the Evil Genius equips you with complete plans, instructions, parts lists, and sources for projects that let you:

  • Jazz up your PC with a right-now case, custom lights, and other cool options
  • Transform your PC into a TV
  • Add TiVo capabilities and create your own PVR (personal video recorder)
  • Archive your private videos
  • Create mobile entertainment and navigation systems
  • Let your friends and family track your travels with Google Earth
  • Check and share your local weather conditions
  • Make your 'puter help detect alien lifeforms in space
  • Link you PC to a supercomputer chain unraveling the mysteries of DNA
  • Phone almost anyone, anywhere in the world and talk to them live with your PC (and no phone charges)
  • Put a live video feed of yourself (or anything else) onto the Web 24 hours a day
  • Secure your PC biometrically
  • Keep intruders out of your I/O ports
  • And much, much more!

Table of Contents

About the Author

Chapter 1: The Green PC

Chapter 2: PC Control Panel

Chapter 3: The Ultra-Mod PC

Chapter 4: Motherboard Upgrade

Chapter 5: Build Your Own Power Protection

Chapter 6: Secure Your WiFi

Chapter 7: Dynamic Picture Frame

Chapter 8: Mobile Entertainment

Chapter 9: Mobile Navigation

Chapter 10: Mobile Internet

Chapter 11: Share Your Trip With APRS

Chapter 12: Let Others Track Your Trip by Google

Chapter 13: PC Weather Station

Chapter 14: I Want My PC TV

Chapter 15: Sling Video All Around

Chapter 16: Voice-Over-IP With Skype

Chapter 17: Security Webcam

Chapter 18: Contributing to Science Explorations

Chapter 19: Keep In Sync

Chapter 20: Securing Your Computer




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