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#1 OFFLINE   wa4chq

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:13 PM

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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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:18 PM

I never owned a copy, but I remember borrowing it a couple times from my local library back in '06 when I first came to Linux.

https://www.goodread....Linux_Cookbook

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:24 PM

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

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:27 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 10 July 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

I never owned a copy, but I remember borrowing it a couple times from my local library back in '06 when I first came to Linux.

https://www.goodread....Linux_Cookbook

Tnx for including the link.  This is the copy I have https://i.ebayimg.co...sr5G/s-l500.jpg

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:59 PM

I've never seen a copy irl. I remember hearing of the book though.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:38 PM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 10 July 2019 - 05:59 PM, said:

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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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:23 AM

Here are 27 linux books to download for some heavy summer reading
https://www.ubuntupi...d-download-now/
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 09:13 AM

Great list of books.  Tnx zlim!

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 09:45 AM

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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Posted 11 July 2019 - 10:36 AM

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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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:44 AM

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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Posted 11 July 2019 - 12:02 PM

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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:50 AM

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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:33 AM

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.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:19 AM

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. :)

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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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:07 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 12 July 2019 - 10:19 AM, said:

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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 02:58 PM

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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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 03:08 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 12 July 2019 - 02:58 PM, said:

View Postsecuritybreach, on 12 July 2019 - 12:07 PM, said:

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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:51 PM

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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:30 PM

View Postzlim, on 11 July 2019 - 11:44 AM, said:

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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:32 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 11 July 2019 - 10:36 AM, said:

*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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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:28 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 12 July 2019 - 02:58 PM, said:

View Postsecuritybreach, on 12 July 2019 - 12:07 PM, said:

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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Posted 13 July 2019 - 07:42 AM

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View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 11 July 2019 - 10:36 AM, said:

*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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View Postsunrat, on 12 July 2019 - 08:28 PM, said:

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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Posted 13 July 2019 - 09:45 AM

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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Posted 13 July 2019 - 10:11 AM

Well my first Linux books were (in this order):

Unix System V Release 4: The Complete Reference
UNIX Shell Programming, Revised Edition
Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning
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