Plat’Home, makers of the awesome OpenBlockS MicroServer, had kind words (and an update for readers of the book!) for our Small Form Factor PCs book (by Matthew Weaver and Duane Wessels):
The explanations are detailed and hands-on. Even though it’s filled to the brim with shell commands and console output the text is informative and easy to read. There is even a guide how to solder a cable to power the unit from a USB port (no, this is not covered by our warranty).
As the guide was written in 2006, it mentiones that all documentation is only available in Japanese. Even though the author claims it was fun to figure it all out, we want to make your life a little easier.
You don’t have to worry about Japanese anymore, everything you need is available in English now: firmware, manuals, FAQ and support.
We’re glad that the authors discovered our MicroServer and we wholeheartedly recommend this book. If you have a hacking streak and need a small firewall box to carry everywhere, this is for you!
Plat’Home MicroServer in O’Reilly hardware hacks book
Make Projects: Small Form Factor PCs – (also available as PDF)
Make Projects: Small Form Factor PCs is the only book available that shows you how to build small-form-factor PCs — from kits and from scratch — that are more interesting and more personalized than what a full-sized PC can give you. Included in the book are projects for building personal video recorders, versatile wireless access points, digital audio jukeboxes, portable firewalls, and much more. This book shows you how to build eight different systems, from the shoebox-sized Shuttle system down to the stick-of-gum-sized gumstix.