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Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0789748975
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About the Author

John Baichtal is a founding member of Twin Cities Maker, a hackerspace organization that has been collaborating for almost two years. Twin Cities Maker has its own rented warehouse, the Hack Factory, complete with a welding station, a woodshop, a classroom, and an electronics area. John is currently writing The Cult of Lego, a book about adult Lego builders for No Starch Press. He has written dozens of articles for print, including pieces for MAKE Magazine, Kobold Quarterly (a D&D magazine), and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. He has blogged for Wired.com (GeekDad blog) for four years and Make: Online for a year, with more than 1,000 posts published during that time.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (October 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789748975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789748973
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Baichtal got his start writing blog posts for Wired's legendary GeekDad blog as well as the DIYer's bible MAKE Magazine. From there he branched out into authoring books about toys, tools, robots, and hobby electronics. He is the co-author of The Cult of Lego (No Starch) and author of Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement as well as Basic Robot Building With Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (both from Que). Most recently he wrote Make: Lego and Arduino Projects for MAKE, collaborating with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler. He lives in Minneapolis, MN, with his wife and 3 children.

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When I first heard of Hack This, it was because John Baichtal had emailed me asking to use a photo I took that he wanted to feature in this book. In the spirt of hackerspaces everywhere I said ok and preordered a copy of the book.

My bias aside, I think this is a good book if you're not involved in the hackerspace movement but want to be. While each chapter is about a cool project (bat signals to LED signs to book scanners), they're more about the people and spaces behind the projects. The details on each project are pretty light and certainly not enough to show you how to build anything but there's enough names and info in here that you could get a hold of the folks who did the project. It really a collection of interviews interspersed with sidebars about tools, small projects, etc.

The real meat of the book is in the last chapter 'Do It Yourself' where John lays out a solid plan for starting your own hackerspace. I feel that the real purpose of this book is to get the reader pumped up with 24 cool spaces/projects and then send them off to start one in their own town, assuming there isn't one already.

I would recommend this as a gift to someone geeky or someone you want to inspire to get involved in hackerspaces and tech.
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This book does a great job of giving the reader an overview of hackerspaces, and also gets into a number of projects. As a maker, it's good inspiration when you're thinking of your next project. As a hacker, it's great to see other spaces and the various skills their members possess.
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