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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.

Spam Kings

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Spam Kings
The Real Story behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements
By Brian S McWilliams
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Released: October 2004
Pages: 368

Spam Kings is a fascinating look into the heyday of email spam, back in the day when there was easy money to be made. From the standpoint of the “bulkers”, as they considers themselves, they were merely exercising their right to earn a living in a free market society. Continue reading

Learning to Photograph – Volume 1

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Learning to Photograph – Volume 1
Camera, Equipment, and Basic Photographic Techniques
By Cora Banek, Georg Banek
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Released: August 2013
Pages: 256

Learning to Photograph – Volume 1 covers the basics of camera operation and how photographs are produced. The subject matter is quite detailed. Photography is a art as well as a science. The science of photography concerns the mathematics of lens construction, exposure and light. The art involves the interpretation of an image by the photographer. Before one can create the art, an understanding of the science is necessary. This book does an excellent job detailing the science and theory of cameras and photography. Continue reading