Shoebox sized and smaller, small-form-factor PCs can pack as much computing muscle as a full-sized desktop computer. They consume less power, have few or no moving parts, and are very quiet. Whether you plan to use one as a standalone PC or want to embed it in your next hacking project, a small-form-factor PC can be a lot of fun to build.

Inside the MachineMake Projects: Small Form Factor PCs (by Duane Wessels and Matthew Weaver in PDF format) 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.

[tags]Make Projects, Small Form Factor PCs, Duane Wessels, Matthew Weaver, pdf, O’Reilly[/tags]