This is about using little embedded computers for various little projects. That's great fun and the authors go into sufficient detail about the various problems you could run into, so you'd probably want to read this if you were contemplating something like one of the eight projects it presents. But I don't think this book should have been published.
This is starting to become a theme with me. I complained about Running Xen because it's already out of date, but that's not my problem with this book (though parts of it ARE already out of date). My problem with this is that I don't think it should be a book at all: it should be on the Web.
Very specifically, it should be at Makezine.com, the same website prominently advertised on the front and back covers. Or maybe these projects should have been in MAKE magazine and then put on the website.. I just don't think they should have made a book out of them.
Maybe I'm wrong - maybe O'Reilly and the authors will make much more money from a book than they would from publishing through the magazine and website. That would honestly surprise me though, because the Web would be the first place I'd look for information like this. I'll buy a book when I can't find what I want, but I don't think that would be the case here.
But as noted, I could be wrong.
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