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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Indy-Tech Pub (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0790613069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0790613062
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Technica Pacifica Staff Biographies: MaryAdair has a BA in history from Utah State University (1992). She has worked atTechnica Pacifica for five years as a proofreader and writer. Before that, she taught English as a Second Language for two years.

Sam Allen has written scores of articles for Popular Electronics, Popular Mechanics, various computer magazines, and other technical publications. He is the author of over ten books. His skills include writing,Web site design, computer programming, and Photoshop. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree.

Yoko Kuramochi graduated from the Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1988. She was a translation coordinator for DHC Corporation and continued her study of landscape design in Tokyo for seven years before moving to the U.S. At that time, she started work as a Japanese language consultant to Technica Pacifica. Since moving to the Southwest., she has become an active proponent ofxeriscape design. She also creates handmade gift cards and children's art/story books.

Christy Parry has worked for Technica Pacifica for over eight years as assistant manager, has written two courses for DHC's Japanese-to-English Technical Writing mini-course series, and has edited and proofread several others. In addition to teaching complex aspects of English grammar to Japanese students, she has worked as an English tutor for native English speakers at the local community college. She is a licensed insurance agent in the state of Utah and has extensive experience in writing and editing business documents.

Jeff Richards has worked as a newspaper journalist and photographer for the past fourteen years. A former junior high school English teacher, he has been a technical writer atTechnica Pacifica in Moab since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Utah (BA, English) and of Utah State University (BS, secondary education).

Jacci Weller has a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles in fine art (drawing and painting) and an MA from California State University at Long Beach in fine art (sculpture). Before she started working at Technica Pacifica in 1994, she worked as a public muralist in Los Angeles and taught design and drawing at Lane Community College in Oregon. In addition to working at Technica Pacifica, she continues her work as a studio artist.

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on April 4, 2005
Some years back it looked like X-10 was going to revolutionize how houses were built. There would be automatic controls of lights, heating and air conditioning, fire and burglar alarms, everything was going to be automatic and computer controlled. It didn't come to pass.

Meanwhile, however, the X-10 technology has kept growing, become more standardized, more reliable, less expensive, and just overall better.

X-10 works over the standard power lines that supply electricity around your house. You don't have to run new wiring (like you did with the old low voltage systems), you just plug things into the electric sockets and they work. The standards for X-10 equipment are so good that any brand of equipment works with all the other brands.

Here in this one book is everything you need to know from first getting started to putting together an effective, reliable and easy to use system.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Macfarlane on February 24, 2007
This is a poorly written and shallow treatment of X10 technology, most of the content is dated and corny. It is an attempt to cover both the technology and practical application of home automation, but does a poor job on both counts. There is a pointless section on how to build a box to store your remote control, and a geeky section on using motion sensors to turn on an outside waterfall or an indoor fake fireplace (does anybody really use an indoor fake fireplace?). Most of the useful information is a near verbatim copy of information from the wiring instructions supplied with X10 components at the time of purchase. This is the only book I have ever returned after purchase.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Agent469 on February 19, 2007
I am very much into the X-10 gadgets and have been for several years. A great book for homeowners interested in inexpensive home security.
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