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The Linux Cookbook....ahhh, those were the days!

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I remember purchasing a new copy of The Linux Cookbook from Barnes and Noble back in early 2k. It was fun going thru the book and trying a lot of the stuff contained between the covers. I was still figuring Linux out so it was a really big help. I still have it but it's packed up in storage. In another thread we've been discussing KDE....it really looked crude in TLCb, so did GIMP! Anyway, I wonder if anyone else enjoyed that book as much as I did?

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I hope the silverfish haven't been nibblin' on my book!

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I've never seen a copy irl. I remember hearing of the book though.

I stumbled across it when looking at the Linux books at BnN. I wasn't looking for it because I had no clue that it existed.... I had been buying the reduced Linux books from CompUSA, but this book was just what I needed! It's not for everyone, but I didn't have a background in computers so it got well used!

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My favorite book was Beginning Ubuntu Linux by Keir Thomas. It's hopelessly out of date now, but it gave me a good intro to the whole Ubuntu ecosystem in 2007.

That's the problem with hard copy tech books. They get out of date easily, although the basic concepts like kernel, file system, BASH commands probably still apply. The wikis for Debian and Arch are better sources of info these days.

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My summer reading has been on a two volume* set of books on the history of the Russian Revolution (1917) and Stalin's involvement in all of that. It's been very interesting, but would definitely be considered "heavy" reading for most.

 

*the author died before he could finish the third book in the series. :(

 

Stalin as Revolutionary, 1879 1929; A Study in History and Personality (Vol. 1)

 

Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941 (Vol. 2)

 

Very interesting stuff, if you're into history at all.

 

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OK, now what was this thread about originally? ;)

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Murder Mysteries for me.

I'm getting through some mysteries from the early 1900's where Philo Vance is the detective. Some were turned into movies. William Powell played Philo Vance in a few.

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Wow! S. S. Van Dine. I had an entire collection of his books here at one time. They all got donated a couple years back to local thrifts and church sales. I had to whittle down the 15K book collection in my house. It was taking over; no room for me or the kitties. :(

 

Van Dine's books were in this pile somewhere...

 

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The best book I read this summer was "Boomtown." It is a history of (wait for it) Oklahoma City. It revolves between the story of the city's founding and what happened with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in the modern era. Of course with all the drama going on in the NBA right now, what happened in 2011 and 2012 is ancient history too.

The section on the OKC bombing was chilling.

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure S.S. Van Dine's stuff is all in the public domain these days. I have a couple of his stories on my Nook. Unfortunately, I cannot charge the darn thing. I have to buy a new cable for it ($10 that I don't have). I'll get one sometime soon, hopefully.

 

Hmm... just checked. He may not be in the public domain yet. There's nothing of his on Project Gutenberg, anyway. However, there are quite a few other sites with his books. :)

 

 

We also got rid of lots of books for the huge book sale that is now underway.

 

I didn't even bother to try to sell any of mine. They were going online for .01 + S/H. Books are not a very good selling item these days. The used book market is flooded and books are CHEAP!

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I didn't even bother to try to sell any of mine. They were going online for .01 + S/H. Books are not a very good selling item these days. The used book market is flooded and books are CHEAP!

 

That's a good thing for readers though.

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That's a good thing for readers though.

 

Yeah... for the few of us left who still read dead tree books. Nowadays, folks "listen" to books. What a crock of... ;)

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That's a good thing for readers though.

 

Yeah... for the few of us left who still read dead tree books. Nowadays, folks "listen" to books. What a crock of... ;)

 

Well I never got into Audio books but I do have pdfs, books on my kindle, ebups and paperback/hardback as well.

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I enjoy books, audio and paper. Sometimes when my eyes hurt, it's nice to lay back with headphones on "reading" a good book. I'm enjoying "Into the Raging Sea", about the sinking of the El Faro.

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Murder Mysteries for me.

I'm getting through some mysteries from the early 1900's where Philo Vance is the detective. Some were turned into movies. William Powell played Philo Vance in a few.

AFA murder mysteries are concerned, I've got early 20th century Mary Roberts Rinehart and from England Josephine Tey and Dorothy Sayers.
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*the author died before he could finish the third book in the series. :(

That's always disappointing--I have the first two volumes of Manchester's bio of Churchill, but I believe he died before he could complete volume three.
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That's a good thing for readers though.

 

Yeah... for the few of us left who still read dead tree books. Nowadays, folks "listen" to books. What a crock of... ;)

 

I never listened to a book either. My attention span is lucky to last long enough for a short TED talk as my brain always manages to get sidetracked to tangential ideas and miss the main one. D*** you brain, just slow down and concentrate sometimes!

I've got a shelf full of books to read including a few good SF ones and the complete works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Need to drag myself off the internet sometime.

 

Back vaguely to the topic, my first paper Linux book was a guide to Mandrake complete with an install CD.

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*the author died before he could finish the third book in the series. :(

That's always disappointing--I have the first two volumes of Manchester's bio of Churchill, but I believe he died before he could complete volume three.

 

Meh... it was disappointing because I really like this author's writing style. History can be bland and monotonous if written about poorly. This fellow made Stalin and the plight of Russia and the U.S.S.R. come to life in these pages. One reason I won't really miss the third volume is it would have been from 1942 - 1953. I was more interested in the '30s and up to '41. In 1937, Stalin's "Reign of Terror" was at its peak. He'd consolidated his power base to the point where he literally was a classic tyrant dictator. How he did this from the early 1900s to '37 is an amazing story about an amazing man taking place in an amazing country. Lot of amazing going on there, huh? ;)

 

Stalin was a MONSTER (all caps required). He actually makes Hitler seem a wuss by comparison. A perfect storm of his upbringing, his personality, his sociopathic tendencies, and his fantasy dream version of himself as a Hero of the Revolution, of Socialism, of the poor peasant and lowly worker is what made all this history happen as it did. Cards fell just as they needed for Stalin to achieve what he did. He died truly believing that he was Lenin's chosen disciple. In actuality, everything Stalin did would have really p*ssed Lenin off big time.

 

Interesting stuff!

 

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Back vaguely to the topic, my first paper Linux book was a guide to Mandrake complete with an install CD.

 

The first Linux-related book that I bought was one that came highly recommended by Bruno...

 

Linux - Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition by Paul Sheer

 

An excellent book, by the way. It's still sitting on the shelf right over my head at this moment. :)

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I'm also not into audiobooks. I want to either read a hard copy or a digital copy. I have lots of Agatha Chrisitie paperbacks and PD James hardbacks and Robert B Parker hardbacks and paperbacks that I'm not ready to part with yet.

 

If I had a long commute, or as an internet friend who runs in marathons and trains daily by running miles and miles, I can see where audiobooks would be the best use of time.

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Eric, if you want to read them again, you can download them here

https://www.fadedpag...lard Huntington

I have them on a micro sd card so I can move them from one device to another. Books take up a lot less space on a micro sd card.

 

We also got rid of lots of books for the huge book sale that is now underway.

 

Super resource, thanks. :clap:

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That's a good thing for readers though.

 

Yeah... for the few of us left who still read dead tree books. Nowadays, folks "listen" to books. What a crock of... ;)

 

As a volunteer I do a lot of driving on my own between pickups. I did try reading a book whilst driving but it did not go so well. Nowadys I listen to books or radio plays. :harhar:

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Introduction to the Command Line

The Fat-Free Guide to Unix and Linux Commands

Second Edition (Rev 2)

 

Copyright © 2010 Nicholas Marsh

All rights reserved.

 

ISBN: 1450588301

EAN-13: 9781450588300

 

That is the only linux book I have had a read of. :breakfast:

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abarbarian...excellent about reading while driving! Lol

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I know about Linux Cookbook but haven't read any of it. I picked up a copy of Linux Pocket Guide by Daniel J. Barrett back when I was first getting started with Linux. That was the 1st edition of the book. This was probably early 2005 or perhaps late 2004. Then I found an old Unix textbook at a second-hand store. I never read either of those books cover-to-cover, but they helped get me going.

 

Then I gave away both of them to a friend. Much later, I picked up the 2nd edition of Linux Pocket Guide, mainly for nostalgic reasons. I still have that edition. I haven't owned any other Linux books; early on, I turned to online sources and man pages.

 

Currently reading Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus by Robert D. Kaplan.

 

I have never listened to an audio book. I've downloaded a few eBooks or whatever, but I haven't ever gotten all the way through one of those -- I'm definitely a "dead tree book" person! Most of my books have come from second-hand stores, thrift stores, that sort of thing, except for when relatives have given me gift cards for Barnes & Noble (or Borders -- out of business now, right?).

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