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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition
Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition

FreeBSD is the muscle behind companies like Netflix and EMC. Any place where someone does heavy lifting on the Internet, you'll find FreeBSD. This newly revised edition of Absolute FreeBSD brings FreeBSD's strengths to bear on your problems and covers FreeBSD's newest features, all in the inimitable style that has made author Michael W. Lucas system administration books so popular. Any computer system is only as good as the system administrator's knowledge. Absolute FreeBSD teaches you everything you need to know about managing FreeBSD systems, from installation, configuration, and taking the system from "just working" to "working well". A cohesive focus on service delivery and best practice means that you can apply much of the book to other operating systems. Absolute FreeBSD dives deep into server management, taking you beyond just making things work and into understanding why they work. How to best install FreeBSD to meet your needs; Which filesystem to use in your environm ...
The Game Console
The Game Console

The Game Console is a tour through the evolution of video game hardware, with gorgeous full-color photos of 86 consoles and their grisly innards. You'll start your journey with legendary consoles like the Magnavox Odyssey, Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Commodore 64. The visual nostalgia trip continues with systems from the 1990s and 2000s, ending with modern consoles like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. Throughout the book, you'll also discover many consoles you never knew existed, and get a rare peek at the hardware inside some of history's most iconic video game systems. ...
Mission Python
Mission Python

Launch into coding with Mission Python, a space-themed guide to building a complete computer game in Python. You'll learn programming fundamentals like loops, strings, and lists as you build Escape!, an exciting game with a map to explore, items to collect, and tricky logic puzzles to solve. As you work through the book, you'll build exercises and mini-projects, like making a spacewalk simulator and creating an astronaut's safety checklist that will put your new Python skills to the test. You'll learn how to use Pygame Zero, a free resource that lets you add graphics and sound effects to your creations, and you'll get useful game-making tips, such as how to design fun puzzles and intriguing maps. Before you know it, you'll have a working, awesome game to stump your friends with (and some nifty coding skills, too!). You can follow this book using a Raspberry Pi or a Microsoft Windows PC, and the 3D graphics and sound effects you need are provided as a download. ...
Impractical Python Projects
Impractical Python Projects

Impractical Python Projects picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing new tools that you'll use every day. And to keep things interesting, each project includes a zany twist featuring historical incidents, pop culture references, and literary allusions. You'll flex your problem-solving skills and employ Python's many useful libraries to do things like: Help James Bond crack a high-tech safe with a hill-climbing algorithm; Write haiku poems using Markov Chain Analysis; Use genetic algorithms to breed a race of gigantic rats; Crack the world's most successful military cipher using cryptanalysis; Foil corporate security with invisible electronic ink; Derive the anagram, "I am Lord Voldemort" using linguistical sieves; Plan your parents secure retirement with Monte Carlo simulation; Save the sorceress Zatanna from a stabby death using palingrams; Model the Milky Way and calculate our odds of detecting alien civilizations; Help t ...
A Beginner's Guide to Circuits
A Beginner's Guide to Circuits

A Beginner's Guide to Circuits is the perfect first step for anyone ready to jump into the world of electronics and circuit design. First, you'll learn to read circuit diagrams and use a breadboard, which allows you to connect electrical components without using a hot soldering iron! Next, you'll build nine simple projects using just a handful of readily available components, like resistors, transistors, capacitors, and other parts. As you build, you'll learn what each component does, how it works, and how to combine components to achieve new and interesting effects. By the end of the book, you'll be able to build your own electronic creations. With easy-to-follow directions, anyone can become an inventor with the help of A Beginner's Guide to Circuits! Build These 9 Simple Circuits! Steady-Hand Game: Test your nerves using a wire and a buzzer to create an Operation-style game! Touch-Enabled Light: Turn on a light with your finger! Cookie Jar Alarm: Catch cookie thieves r ...
The Computer Science Activity Book
The Computer Science Activity Book

The Computer Science Activity Book is the perfect companion for curious youngsters - or grown-ups who think they'll never understand some of the basics of how computers work. Work through this brief, coloring book-like collection of fun and innovative hands-on exercises and learn some basic programming concepts and computer terminology that form the foundation of a STEM education. You'll learn a bit about historical figures like Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and Alan Turing; how computers store data and run programs; and how the parts of a computer work together (like the hard drive, RAM, and CPU). Drawing a garden of flowers using for loops, create creatures with conditional statements, and just have a bit of fun. ...
The LEGO Zoo
The LEGO Zoo

The LEGO Zoo shows kids of any age how to build 50 simple animal models using only standard LEGO parts that are already likely to be in their collection. Readers learn how to build models of animals like crocodiles, zebras, wolves, lions, flamingos, plus many more. Projects are ordered by increasing difficulty making it easy to jump in without getting in over your head. The animals are so cute and goofy, whether building as a family or solo The LEGO Zoo is sure to deliver a roaring good time! ...
LEGO Micro Cities
LEGO Micro Cities

Create your own custom city with instructions for over 50 builds from 8 amazing LEGO Micro Cities! Readers learn how to recreate classic architectural styles using only LEGO bricks. In addition to creating entire buildings, LEGO model-building expert Jeff Friesen shows how to create interesting architectural features like bridges and skyscrapers, and will offer suggestions on how to customize your cities and make the models your own. With its collection of stunning photography and instructions for building modern cities, futuristic metropolises, and otherworldly utopias, LEGO Micro Cities is sure to provide hours of building fun and inspiration for readers of all ages. ...
The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book, Volume 2
The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book, Volume 2

Building instructions for 16 clever Christmas ornaments that can be built from standard LEGO parts that fans are likely to have in their collection. These small and uncomplicated ornaments are quick to build and a joy to display. Readers can build 16 classic Christmas designs including a gingerbread house, Santa, reindeer, a snowman, a wreath, a poinsettia, and traditional shapes like baubles and modern geometric swirls. With easy-to-follow instructions and stunning full color photography, The LEGO Christmas Ornament Book, Volume 2 will help you spread some holiday cheer with LEGO in no time! ...
The LEGO Architecture Idea Book
The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

Take your creations to the next level with The LEGO Architecture Idea Book! These clever building tips will give you endless inspiration for making your own amazing mansions, castles, houses, spooky shacks, and more. Every chapter includes ideas for creating architectural elements like columns, doors, windows, and walls. But rather than providing step-by-step instructions, the book includes helpful photography from every angle that shows you how to achieve the look, adapt it to your build, and make it your own. Build amazing walls that break the mold, with brick-and-mortar effects, weathered walls, and loose bricks; Recreate structural effects like timber framing, soaring towers and turrets, shingled roofs, clapboard siding, and more; Elevate your models with "stained glass", intricate color patterns, and tumble-down wear-and-tear; Use pieces like croissants, snakes, and goblets to make unique architectural ornamentation. Bursting with clever ideas, The LEGO Architecture Idea ...
The Rust Programming Language
The Rust Programming Language

The Rust Programming Language is the official book on Rust, an open-source, community-developed systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety. This is the undisputed go-to guide to Rust, written by two members of the Rust core team, with feedback and contributions from 42 members of the community. The book assumes that you've written code in another programming language but makes no assumptions about which one, meaning the material is accessible and useful to developers from a wide variety of programming backgrounds. Known by the Rust community as "The Book", The Rust Programming Language includes concept chapters, where you'll learn about a particular aspect of Rust, and project chapters, where you'll apply what you've learned so far to build small programs. The Book opens with a quick hands-on project to introduce the basics then explores key concepts in depth, such as ownership, the type system, error handling, and fear ...
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