Hardware Books

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Hardware Books

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Raspberry Pi For Dummies

Published 08-24-2021

A recipe for having fun and getting things done with the Raspberry Pi  The Raspberry Pi makes it easy to learn about computers and computer programming, and Raspberry Pi For Dummies makes it even easier! Using this extremely affordable and compact computer, you can learn to code in languages like Scratch and Python, explore how electronics work, create computer-generated buildings in Minecraft and music in Sonic Pic, become Linux-savvy, make Internet-of-Things devices, or just play around! This book gets you up and running on your Raspberry Pi, starting with setting it up, downloading the operating system, and using the desktop environment. Then, the only limit is your imagination! It doesn’t matter whether you have a Raspberry Pi 4, Raspberry Pi 400, Raspberry Pi Zero W or an older model: we’ve got you covered.  Raspberry Pi For Dummies explores the latest technology—the Raspberry Pi 4 and 400, Scratch 3 programming language, new games bundled with the Raspberry Pi, and the hottest Add-Ons out there. This introductory guide is the perfect place to start if you want to get a taste of everything the Raspberry Pi can do!  Set up your Raspberry Pi, install the operating system, and connect to the Internet  Learn the basics of the Linux desktop and Linux shell so you can program, work, and play   Use Python, Scratch, and Sonic Pi to write your first programs and make games and digital music  Discover how circuits work hand-in-hand with your Pi  If you want to make the most of the Raspberry Pi for school, work, or play, you’ll love this easy-to-read reference.

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Arduino For Dummies

Published 09-12-2018

Bring your ideas to life with the latest Arduino hardware and software Arduino is an affordable and readily available hardware development platform based around an open source, programmable circuit board. You can combine this programmable chip with a variety of sensors and actuators to sense your environment around you and control lights, motors, and sound. This flexible and easy-to-use combination of hardware and software can be used to create interactive robots, product prototypes and electronic artwork, whether you’re an artist, designer or tinkerer. Arduino For Dummies is a great place to start if you want to find out about Arduino and make the most of its incredible capabilities. It helps you become familiar with Arduino and what it involves, and offers inspiration for completing new and exciting projects. •     Covers the latest software and hardware currently on the market •     Includes updated examples and circuit board diagrams in addition to new resource chapters •     Offers simple examples to teach fundamentals needed to move onto more advanced topics •     Helps you grasp what’s possible with this fantastic little board Whether you’re a teacher, student, programmer, hobbyist, hacker, engineer, designer, or scientist, get ready to learn the latest this new technology has to offer!   

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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

Published 03-28-2016

A technology book for kids! Do you want to learn how computers work? This book introduces you to the world of computing with the Raspberry Pi - the small, inexpensive, and super-cool microcomputer that teaches real tech skills. Use the Pi to create things while learning all about computers, from the inside out! Start it up — get your Raspberry Pi set up, configured, and ready for action Create music — start the party using Sonic Pi to record your own songs Game on — combine Python and Minecraft and start programming your own video game world.

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Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies

Published 07-13-2015

Join the Raspberry revolution with these fun and easy Pi projects The Raspberry Pi has opened up a whole new world of innovation for everyone from hardware hackers and programmers to students, hobbyists, engineers, and beyond. Featuring a variety of hands-on projects, this easy-to-understand guide walks you through every step of the design process and will have you creating like a Raspberry Pi pro in no time. You’ll learn how to prepare your workspace, assemble the necessary tools, work with test equipment, and find your way around the Raspberry Pi before moving on to a series of fun, lively projects that brings some power to your plain ol’ Pi. Introduces Raspberry Pi basics and gives you a solid understanding of all the essentials you’ll need to take on your first project Includes an array of fun and useful projects that show you how to do everything from creating a magic light wand to enhancing your designs with Lego sensors, installing and writing games for the RISC OS, building a transistor tester, and more Provides an easy, hands-on approach to learning more about electronics, programming, and interaction design for Makers and innovators of all ages Bring the power of Pi to your next cool creation with Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies!

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Arduino Projects For Dummies

Published 06-24-2013

Discover all the amazing things you can do with Arduino Arduino is a programmable circuit board that is being used by everyone from scientists, programmers, and hardware hackers to artists, designers, hobbyists, and engineers in order to add interactivity to objects and projects and experiment with programming and electronics. This easy-to-understand book is an ideal place to start if you are interested in learning more about Arduino's vast capabilities. Featuring an array of cool projects, this Arduino beginner guide walks you through every step of each of the featured projects so that you can acquire a clear understanding of the different aspects of the Arduino board. Introduces Arduino basics to provide you with a solid foundation of understanding before you tackle your first project Features a variety of fun projects that show you how to do everything from automating your garden's watering system to constructing a keypad entry system, installing a tweeting cat flap, building a robot car, and much more Provides an easy, hands-on approach to learning more about electronics, programming, and interaction design for Makers of all ages Arduino Projects For Dummies is your guide to turning everyday electronics and plain old projects into incredible innovations. Get Connected! To find out more about Brock Craft and his recent Arduino creations, visit www.facebook.com/ArduinoProjectsForDummies

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Green Home Computing For Dummies

Published 08-03-2009

Make your computer a green machine and live greener at home and at work Get on board the green machine! Green home computing means making the right technology choice for the environment, whether it be a Windows-based or Mac-based computer and all the peripherals. In addition, it means learning how to properly and safely dispose of those items and how to use your computer to create a greener life at home and at work. Computer expert Woody Leonhard and green living guru Katherine Murray introduce you to the many green products that exist in the world of technology, including eco-friendly desktops, laptops, and servers; energy-efficient peripherals; and the numerous Web sites that offer advice on how to go green in nearly every aspect of your life. Bestselling author Woody Leonhard and green living guru Katherine Murray show you how to make your computer more eco-friendly Discusses buying a green computer and choosing eco-friendly peripherals Discover ways to manage your power with software and servers Provides helpful explanations that decipher how to understand your computer's power consumption With this invaluable insight, you'll discover that it actually is easy being green!

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Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

Published 02-03-2009

If you’ve dreamed about having a customized multimedia PC or one tricked out for your favorite games, build your own and make your dreams come true! Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies makes it easy. Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash. This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together. It shows you: What tools you need (not as many as you might think!) All about operating systems How to install CD and DVD drives The scoop on sound and video, and how to put a sound system together from start to finish How to connect a monitor and install a modem All about setting up and configuring the hard drive Secrets for securing your system, and more Included is a bonus DVD showing you how to install the motherboard, CPU, RAM, ports, hard drive, video and sound cards, a DVD drive, and more. With Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, you can have the computer you want plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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ASUS Eee PC For Dummies

Published 12-10-2008

What can you do with your Eee PC? Find out how to get the most from this mini-laptop with Asus Eee PC For Dummies. It shows you how to get things done—using the Linux operating system and applications, navigating the tabbed desktop, adding hardware and software, backing up and restoring the Eee PC, and more. You’ll learn how to set up Windows, take advantage of all the pre-installed software, ensure that your computer is secure, and even run your Eee PC on solar power. You’ll find tips for configuring printers and changing touchpad settings, techniques for making Skype phone calls and listening to Internet radio, and advice for adding storage and peripherals. It also helps you: Take full advantage of this exciting, ultra-portable “netbook” PC Set up your wireless connection Make free Skype phone calls and video calls Use OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird e-mail, Mozilla Firefox, and other included applications Use the versatile OpenOffice productivity suite, including Writer for word processing, Calc for spreadsheets, and Impress for presentations Compare the advantages of Windows vs. Linux Discover the science, language, math, and art functions that kids can enjoy on the Eee Enjoy built-in games, watch videos, play music, organize and view photos, and more Boost storage and memory with SD cards and USB drives, go Bluetooth, and add a GPS Get the scoop on backups, explore the advanced desktop, and customize the user interface The Eee PC makes it simple to surf the Web, play games, work, and more. Asus Eee PC For Dummies makes it easier!

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CD and DVD Recording For Dummies

Published 03-05-2004

Most new PCs and Macs today are equipped with the latest in recording and storage equipment: CD-RW and DVD-R/RW drives. Even if your computer is a little older, you can still join the revolution with add-on hardware and software. You can record music and movies, store photos and data, and organize things you want to preserve for posterity, safely and easily. CD and DVD Recording For Dummies®, Second Edition, takes the frustration out of choosing and using these cool recording systems. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find what you need and use it efficiently, and it covers all the newest equipment. You’ll discover how to Choose and install a CD or DVD recorder Pick the best software for your needs Store large data files safely on CD Use EasyCD and DVD Creator and Toast Record mixed media disks Create electronic photo albums, baby books, genealogies, and more Once upon a time, videotape, vinyl record albums, and floppy disks were state of the art for preserving movies, music, and data. The superior durability and capacity of CDs and DVDs have made these tools as obsolete as the washboard, but never fear. CD and DVD Recording For Dummies®, Second Edition, makes it easy to Transfer your favorite VHS movies to DVD Preserve those classic LPs on CD Archive records and data files, and safely store treasured family photos Ask the right questions when shopping for CD or DVD recording hardware and software Record original material, copy and erase rewriteable disks, and make backups of important data Add menus to your disks, label them, and care for them properly Record a bootable CD-ROM Today’s CD and DVD recorders can produce everything from superb sound quality to original movies you can play on your DVD player. CD and DVD Recording For Dummies® will get your recording career going in a jiffy.

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