The Best of MAKE
By Mark Frauenfelder
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: October 2007
Pages: 384

After two years, MAKE has become one of most celebrated new magazines to hit the newsstands, and certainly one of the hottest reads. If you're just catching on to the MAKE phenomenon and wonder what you've missed, this book contains the best DIY projects from the magazine's first ten volumes -- a surefire collection of fun and challenging activities going back to MAKE's launch in early 2005.

Find out why MAKE has attracted a passionate following of tech and DIY enthusiasts worldwide with one million web site visitors and a quarter of a million magazine readers. And why our podcasts consistently rank in the top-25 for computers and technology. With the Best of MAKE, you'll share the curiosity, zeal, and energy of Makers -- the citizen scientists, circuit benders, homemakers, students, automotive enthusiasts, roboticists, software developers, musicians, hackers, hobbyists, and crafters -- through this unique and inspiring assortment of DIY projects chosen by the magazine's editors.

Learn to:

  • Hack your gadgets and toys
  • Program micontrollers to sense and react to things
  • Take flight with rockets, planes, and other projectiles
  • Make music from the most surprising of things
  • Find new ways to take photos and make video
  • Outfit yourself with the coolest tools
Put together by popular demand, the Best of MAKE is the perfect gift for any maker, including current subscribers who missed early volumes of the magazine. Do you or someone you know have a passion for the magic of tinkering, hacking, and creation? Do you enjoy finding imaginative and unexpected uses for the technology and materials in your life? Then get on board with the Best of MAKE!

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75 great projects!

By Anonymous

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Comments about oreilly The Best of MAKE:

The Best of MAKE: Technology on Your Time is a must have for any weekend DIY-project enthusiast. I've only had the book for three hours, but I already have at least two projects in plans for the upcoming two weeks. Make (www.makezine.com ) is the first magazine devoted entirely to DIY technology projects. It unites, inspires and informs a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. So, if you missed it at the newsstand, here's your chance to look at the best 75 projects discussed in the magazine in the past 2 years.

There are 9 chapters in the book, covering electronics, microcontrollers, toys and games, robots, music, flight projects, photography and video, and engines. Don't get alarmed, the majority of projects are not as complex as you think, and the instructions are very clear. The projects are also very well illustrated, and you'll find them easy to follow. The book will guide you from start to finish, and in case if you're lost, each project has a list of reference URLs for more information, instructions, supplies sources, etc.

Personally, I will be working on the Rocket-Launched Camcorder project. Here is the link, if you have doubts about the book: http://cachefly.oreilly.com/make/07/test-helmet2-header.mp4

Kudos to O'Reilly for another great product!

 
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Tinkerers Rejoice

By R. B. Von Haden

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Comments about oreilly The Best of MAKE:

A friend told me about Make a few years ago and this book really delivers on what he described. Fun projects across the spectrum from home made robotics to a cat feeder constructed from a VCR (assuming you can set the clock).



The step by step instructions are great with pictures to highlight the important details.



And even better, these are not just instructions that tell you how to build the project, but what the design issues are so that you understand why it works that can help you build other similar projects.



If you like to tinker and want to know what to do with that old VCR you have sitting in the basement, then you will definitely get a kick out of this book.

 
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MacGyverific!

By James Botaitis

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Comments about oreilly The Best of MAKE:

The Best of Make is a worthwhile introduction to the DIY world as presented in the pages of MAKE Magazine. It is perfect for someone who likes to build things and experiment and is also ideal if any of the projects covered in detail specifically appeal to you. For an accomplished tinkerer, this book would make great leisure reading and perhaps inspire a few new projects. Several projects in the book also provide some excellent parent & child guidance for an afternoon or three of bonding while building. Try to avoid bonding to each other with the Krazy glue however.

This compendium touches on a variety of projects to appeal to a wide audience. There are simple projects using basic supplies from any dollar store or recycle bin, to advanced projects that require some skill with tools, and perhaps a spare robot.

If MacGyver published a how-to guide, MAKE Magazine would be it. If you have an ounce of curiosity you can't help but love the whole DIY movement of the 21st century. It is just fabulous that you can find illustrated and high quality instructions to build and do almost anything you want. At the same time some ingenious people have come up with some mighty unique ideas as well. Who knew you could make an automated cat feeder form an old VCR!? The Best of Make contains an assortment of 75 projects and of those provided in detail, the instructions are clear and straightforward. As with most MAKE projects the parts and tools list to get your rolling is A1. Subsequent pictures and written instructions are to the point and largely non-technical.

I made the Jam Jar Jet myself over the holidays. I saw it recently demonstrated on some show on the Discovery Channel and thought it would be a small challenge. The instructions were perfect and it all went as planned. After a minor delay in acquiring the actual fuel I was able to enjoy the low rumble and blue flame of my own miniature after-burner in a jar. (note: It can take multiple attempts to get it to ignite the first time but once I had success, repeats were a breeze.) Fire it up in a darkened room for the best view!

The publisher states that 'this book contains the best DIY projects from the magazine's first ten volumes' and as I said earlier it is indeed a wide assortment. In practical terms for readers hoping to get total guidance on 75 actual projects, it does cast its net too far. Having a project (The Blimp) that requires 2 balloons, some tape and a couple straws in the same book as one that requires you to hack a $200 Roomba robot might be pushing the boundaries a bit. Especially since the Roomba Hacks page is not much more than a list of URL's, an almost total cop-out in terms of useful content.

However, this type of disappointment on the project detail is an exception. Only a handful of the 75 projects in the book are little more than teasers. Indeed many of the pages aren't there to guide you on a specific project but to whet the appetite. The primer on microcontroller programming accomplishes quite a lot in only 7 pages.

MAKE is from O'Reilly Media, a trustworthy stalwart of useful geek publishing. Despite the shortcomings of a few of the listed projects The Best of MAKE is an overall winner.

 
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Good, clean, geeky fun!

By AZCurt

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Book title: The Best of Make

Publisher: Make Books, O'Reilly Media

Publish date: October 2007

ISBN-10: 0-596-51428-X

ISBN-13: 978-0-596-51428-0

Review by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group (11/15/07)

I have to let you in on a secret _ I'm a secret Make fan. Make is a newish, magazine published by O'Reilly Press with an oddly punctuated title. It is good, clean, geeky fun! Each issue is full of projects you can make yourself. Some are simple and some are wildly complex, but all are fun and absorbing - in a Science Guy/Mr. Wizard kind of way. Remember Erector sets when you were small or later, huge Lego sets? If these interested you then, Make continues this fascination updated for today. Some recent projects for which there are thorough instructions are: a Solar Powered Xylophone , a Blimp Bot or a speaker made from a Styrofoam plate.

In case you're not a subscriber, a compilation book has just been released - The Best of Make published by Make Books, a division of O'Reilly Media. It contains seventy-five projects (a whopping 380 pages) covering everything from Robots and Microcontrollers to Toys, Games and flying machines. Discover how to build an ornithopter or a blimp. Be amazed by a two-can Stirling engine or a hacked Roomba. Get out your tools and your imagination _ you're going to have fun! In fact, you don't really need to actually make any of these; just reading about them will provide hours of enjoyment.

--Curt Blanchard _ 11/15/07

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