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May 2007

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Build An X-10 Doggy Dish

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Features

Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks

ullam is the author of Hardware Hacking Projects For Geeks, an O’Reilly & Associates release (available at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/hardwarehks, Amazon.com, and retail booksellers)...


Going Security Geek on Penetration by Ira Winkler

These hacks — called penetration tests — are done on purpose to show companies how much they stand to lose if they don’t patch their security holes. Penetration tests are used to try to compromise the security of computer systems...


Understanding Digital Buffer, Gate, and Logic IC Circuits - Part 2

Practical digital inverter and AND gate logic ICs. Part 2


Sonic Realism - Part 1

The holy grail of high fidelity sound reproduction is to recreate the listening experience exactly. The listener shouldn’t be able to tell the reproduction from the original...



Projects

Build An X-10 Doggy Dish - Part 4

ast month, I gave you details on how to communicate with various X10 computer interfaces. This month, I had planned on showing you how to use each one of those interfaces with a microcontroller...


Build A Flood Detection Alarm

Is there water in your basement? Or anywhere else it shouldn't be? This simple water detection alarm will alert you when it starts to happen.


The Mysterious Magic Box - Part 2

This unique DIY construction project blends electronics technology with subtle magic and hand craftsmanship. This concluding part examines the theory of operation, installation and assembly, testing, and verification that the design works properly...



Columns

Stamp Applications
by Jon Williams
Control Virtually Anything… Virtually
When the SX microcontroller was developed, the core philosophy was to create a chip fast enough and clean enough that most specialized peripherals could be made “virtual,” that is, created in code...

Personal Robotics
by Phil Davis
Parameters On The Fly - Part 3
This month, I would like to wrap up the design and functioning of the Hand-Held Console by showing you the completed device and by posting the software online for all to use.

Q&A
by Russell Kincaid
Q&A
In this column, I answer questions about all aspects of electronics, including computer hardware, software, circuits, electronic theory, troubleshooting, and anything else of interest to the hobbyist.

In The Spotlight
by Marvin Mallon
An Interview with Mr. Ken Gracey of Parallax, Inc.
One of the leading suppliers of programmable microcontrollers is Parallax, Inc. The company is located in Rocklin, CA — a short commute from Sacramento...

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
Techknowledgey 2007
Events, Advances, and News

The Design Cycle
by Peter Best
Configuration Wizardry
If you’re standing up, maybe you want to take a seat. Last time, we started our indepth look at what makes the C8051F120 a premier 8051 drop-in solution. That Digital Crossbar stuff we looked at seemed mighty complicated...

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
The Near Space Ventures
Near Space Ventures is the webpage of an amateur radio high altitude balloon (ARHAB) and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organization named CAPnSPACE. CAPnSPACE has developed a great website that I’d like to share with you th

Getting Started With PICS
by Chuck Hellebuyck
8/14/20-PIN PIC® Microcontroller Family
Programming PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) has been my hobby and sideline for many years. In fact, I started back when there were only five PIC MCUs to choose from. Now there are hundreds of different PIC MCUs...

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