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Arch Linux Environment Setup How-to

Arch Linux Environment Setup How-to book cover photoArch Linux Environment Setup How-to
By Ike Devolder
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: November 2012
Pages: 68

Arch Linux is seldom the first choice for a newcomer to the Linux world. Testing the waters with Linux often involves distributions that have point and click installation interfaces. Upon completion, the user has a system with a desktop, some office programs and basic utilities. Continue reading

The Linux Command Line

The Linux Command Line, by William E. Shotts Jr. , No Starch Press, publisher book cover photo
The Linux Command Line
A Complete Introduction
By William E. Shotts Jr.
Publisher: No Starch Press
Released: January 2012
Pages: 480

The Linux Command Line, A Complete Introduction By William E. Shotts Jr. provides a very good introduction to using the Linux command line. As I have come to expect from the publisher “No Starch Press”, the book is well written and entertaining while presenting it’s subject matter. Continue reading

Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 37

Make volume 37 cover photo
Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 37
Homegrown Drones!
By Mark Frauenfelder
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: January 2014
Pages: 160

Make Volume 37 features homegrown drones as the focus topic for the issue. Drones for personal use can range from inexpensive hobby devices to sophisticated flying machines suitable for aerial photography. One’s involvement with drones is only limited by your passion level and pocketbook. This issue features articles on construction, flying, and regulations of unmanned aerial vehicles. After reading this issue draw your own conclusions to the future of UAVs. Will drones one day replace the local delivery van? Time will tell.

Make is one of my favorite publications. The focus article provides in depth coverage of a specific topic while the additional articles add a variety of subject matter that keeps things fresh and interesting. As a woodworker I enjoyed the “Salt and Pepper Well” project that uses the drill press as a lathe for making a small part. The “License Plate Guitar” project is bound to be a favorite of the musically inclined maker.
The Skill Builder article, “Finding Your Way with GPS” had me looking for the GPS receiver I have stashed in my office. Happy to report it’s been found and I look forward to using it soon.

My favorite mode of delivery for Make is the PDF version. This allows me to size the print comfortably and most importantly I can follow the included hyperlinks to additional information. In my opinion this is what makes the Internet useful and enjoyable. I would recommend Make to anyone that likes pick up a tool and tinker. Should you prefer print or digital delivery, Make is a must read for people who like to make, modify, or experiment. More information is available at Make: Technology on Your Time, Vol. 37 – O’Reilly Media

Disclosure: I received a free e-book copy for review purposes.