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Task 16 – 100+ Reading Challenge

Hippy’s cause trouble

Some of you may think I have some hippy tendancys; being that I live on a boat, and that I plan to be as off grid as I can, bma and I have over a number of years had a smiler talk;… Continue reading →

Why eBooks changed my reading habit.

I read Delkaetre’s post on why she doesn’t have an ebook reader yet; I do have a Kindle, which I use in place of my book shelf most of the time. Her reasons for not liking an ebook reader include being able… Continue reading →

Book 9: DNS Management Guide

I use 123-reg as my domain registrar, I found this DNS Management Guide on there site. Its not a very big book; but it gives a nice quick overview to DNS, and gives examples of how to use different records. A records, CNAME… Continue reading →

Book 8: Using OS X Lion Server at Home: A Step by Step Guide

We Got Served’s “Using OS X Lion Server at Home: A Step by Step Guide” by Terry Walsh is a good introduction to OS X Lion Server, I read this one after reading Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac… Continue reading →

Book 7: Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac Services at Home and Office

Charles Edge’s “Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac Services at Home and Office” (published by O’Reilly books) is a good introduction into the setting up and configuring of Mac OS X Lion Server, its aimed at small workgroup installs,… Continue reading →

Book 6: 21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend

Instructables “21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend” is a free Kindle book, that I picked up to have a read of; there are some cool projects in it that would be worth a look at doing… Continue reading →

Book 5: The Axe Book

I assume that b0atg1rl has at some time has acquired a Gränsfors Bruks hatchet or axe, as on nbArianrhod I found a copy of “The Axe Book” which is an introduction to the history and product line of Gränsfors Bruks,… Continue reading →

Book 4: Living Afloat

Peter Underwood’s (@Livingafloat) “Living Afloat” was a book that I picked up when it was free on Kindle; I follow Peter on Twitter where he is an active member of the #boatsthattweet group. The Kindle book seems to be unavailable;… Continue reading →

Book 3: How to Start Your Own Business.

Rico Nelson’s “How to Start Your Own Business: Step by Step Guide To Starting Your Own Business Volume 2” was a free kindle book that I picked up to have a flick through in relation to task 51 – Start… Continue reading →

Book 2: Fox Talbot

John Hannavy’s “Fox Talbot: An Illustrated Life of Willian Henry Fox Talbot, ‘Father of Modern Photography’, 1800 -1877[note Amazon]” Fox Talbot is universally recognised as the father of modern photography. His ‘calotype’ or ‘Talbotype’ process was the first working photographic process to… Continue reading →

Book 1: The Somersetshire Coal Canal

Roger Halse’s “The Somersetshire Coal Canal – A Second Pictorial Journey” “This new volume provides readers with an in depth look into the Somersetshire Coal Canal. The previous volume of old photographs of this delightful short canal, which branched off… Continue reading →

Book 33 – Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power: A Do It Yourself Guide (Simple Living)

Mike Daniek’s “Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power” is a good book about 12 Volt off the grid systems; Its the same style of book as Building a Low Impact Roundhouse however despite both books being quite Hippiesh the 12 volt book… Continue reading →

Book 32 – The Canal Boat Manual

The Canal Magazine’s Canal Boat (and inland waterways) Manual is similar to Living Aboard (Towpath Guides) however it has a lot more large colour photos; and is Add Supported; in some ways this is quite helpful as it allows you to quickly jump… Continue reading →

Book 30 & 31 – The Gruffalo [Audiobook], and Pixar’s Ratatouille [Audiobook]

On the way to look at boats on Friday, Mum and I listened to two audio books in the car; Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo (Read by Imelda Staunton), and Walt Disney / Pixar’s Ratatouille, Both are easy to listen to while… Continue reading →

Book 29 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (free Kindle edition) is available as a free Kindle book; I started reading it on my Mac, and iPhone; but with the purchase of my Kindle, I found reading to be easer;… Continue reading →

New Kindle

My new Kindle came today 🙂 Very small box; not much bigger than the Kindle, Amazon like minimalist packaging 🙂 It looks like they have been talking to Apple. The Kindle comes nicely wrapped in a box with the instructions in the… Continue reading →

Book 28 – Living Aboard (Towpath Guides)

Nick Corble and Allan Ford ‘s “Living Aboard (Towpath Guides)” is a guide I bought to read more about living on a boat all year round; One of the useful things it has is a chapter all about the costs associated with living on… Continue reading →

Book 26 – Lust and Longing

Madame B’s “Lust and Longing” was an interesting read, the back of the book has written the following: “Jenna leads a double life: by day she’s a government researcher; by night she’s one of the hottest dominatrixes on the london fetish sceane. When  she… Continue reading →

Book 25 – The Book of Biff #1 Target Practice

Chris Hallbeck’s “Book of Biff” is a free Kindle book, I downloaded it to see what a Graphical book would look like on the Kindle app on the iPhone; Desktop App; and when I can use on a full blown… Continue reading →

100+ Challenge update (its not going well).

I am currently not doing that well on my 100+ Reading Challenge; I am currently up to book number 24, leaving me just under 5 months to read the remaining 76 books to get to the minimum 100. One of… Continue reading →

Book 24 – Building a Low Impact Roundhouse

Tony Wrench’s “Building a Low Impact Roundhouse” is a book that I picked up while I was at university; this was a re-read to refresh my memory about the subject; Tony‘s ecohome in West Wales is completely off the grid… Continue reading →

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