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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 37

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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.

Capture the Magic

Capture the Magic book cover photographCapture the Magic
Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition
By Jack Dykinga
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Released: November 2013
Pages: 188

Capture the Magic by renowned nature photographer, Jack Dykinga, is a joy to read. The book puts forth the premise that photography is a form of communication. In order to effectively communicate, the photographer needs to understand the constructs of the language. Continue reading

Linux Annoyances for Geeks

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Getting the Most Flexible System in the World Just the Way You Want It
By Michael Jang
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Released: April 2006
Pages: 512

Linux Annoyances for Geeks is a guide to help system administrators fine tune their systems for themselves and their users. The text compares various tweaks and modifications across several popular distributions. It’s part cookbook and part procedural manual for making modifications to Fedora/Red Hat, Debian, and SUSE systems for both Gnome and KDE desktops. Continue reading