Duane Wessels became interested in web caching in 1994 as a topic for his master's thesis in telecommunications at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He worked with members of the Harvest research project to develop web caching software. After the departure of other members to industry jobs, he continued the software development under the name Squid. Another significant part of Duane's research with the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research has been the operation of 6 to 8 large caches throughout the U.S. These caches receive requests from hundreds of other caches, all connected in a "global cache mesh."
"For both the hard- and soft-core do-it-yourselfers, this book gets into the nitty gritty details of projects using small form factor computers..."
--Carol Bean, The Tech Static
"This is a refreshing change to books that show how to put something together but don't tell the reader where to get the hard to find parts. But the level of respect for the reader does not stop there, the book even includes tips about things to avoid and traps to be cautious of so that you end up with the result you are looking for.
--Harold McFarland, The Midwest Book Review - Reviewer's Bookwatch
"Geeks, hobbyists, and tech tinkerers alike will enjoy this readable and informative project-based book about different devices that can be built from small form factor (SFF) computers. Each project contains easy-to-follow and precise instructions along with plenty of photos to keep you oriented."
--Matt Sarrel, Business Tech Tools
"Ever thought of building a working computer inside of a soda bottle, ala a ship in a bottle? Or have you envisioned building a PC inside a lovely antique shipping crate or inside an old 1950s countertop radio cabinet? Now you can get some help to take your ideas to the limit and build a new SFF PC for just about any need you can imagine -- in almost any kind of creative housing -- thanks to Small Form Factor PCs."
--Todd Weiss, ComputerWorld
"The projects in this book opened my mind to a whole new world of what is possible with small systems. I haven't had a chance to purchase of the specific systems mentioned, but the information on setting up the various software and hardware components has already proven the book's worth. I look forward to one day getting my hands on the systems mentioned so I can gain the full advantage that small form factors provide. So if you don't mind spending $300+ to play with some a small form factor PC or you love to tinker with networking, or multimedia applications then you might want to give this book a try. I certainly don't regret it."
--Joshua Benuck, Slashdot.org