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Popular Science: The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects Kindle Edition
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On top of that, the projects that do have instructions, usually contain 1 picture and some brief text about how to make what's in that picture. Overall, I was expecting a book that gave some walkthroughs on how to build these hacks step by step. If that's what you are looking for, just check the internet.
While entertaining,this book is good for giving you ideas of what to do, just not the best at actually telling you how to do it.
There are numerous proof-reading mistakes, even in the forward and the author's introduction. Seriously? Did anyone read it?
There is a useless section on tools and skills. A list of tools with no pictures at all? If I didn't know what they were, how are two gauge sentences going to clear it up for me? Welding is covered, in its "entirety," in nine bullet points on one half of a page. Still without any pictures.
Much of the information is wrong: The description of a transformer is just plain wrong. The picture of a transistor is a four-legged can, unlike any transistor that any DIY person is going to find. Resistors without the color code? Useless.
We then jump right into a bunch of projects about how to drink, including tap-sucks from a vodka-filled watermelon, hiding your beer can, and drinking in the shower. Perfect. My life is complete. The only interesting section was an all-in-one brew-to-tap beer machine, but without any real detail, and no links to find out more.
There are electronics projects w/o schematics, or any operational theory. The "planetarium" tells me to buy an arduino-clone, and lots of optical fiber. What kind of fiber? Where do I get it? How do I handle it? Why this clone? How do I program it? (Oh, the ardunio instructions, all half page of them, are wrong.)
Build an explosive PVC cannon. But don't bother telling folks what "Schedule 40" means, much less what kind of PVC to use.
Avoid this book. There are hundreds of better ones out there.
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