For those who are not aware of Google's free eBooks, let me recommend them
for furniture styles and hand tool woodworking. Hundreds of titles from the
19th and early 20th centuries.
Click: Free Google eBooks (about halfway down the menu column)
These books can be downloaded in pdf format. Ping me if you need help.
Following your directions, I quickly ran across:
The practical cabinet maker and furniture designer's assistant: with
essays ... By Frederick Thomas Hodgson
I only read the preface, but it was an interesting read (on the old
versus the new--and in this case, new is about 1910). Interesting stuff.
Yeah, you can learn a lot from some of this stuff. I haven't seen a treasure
trove like this since I worked in a large library 50 years ago! Picked up an
Illustrated History of the Civil War a few days ago. I knew google had free
eBooks, but just got more deeply into it recently. Warning: it can be a
gigantic Time Sink!
You know about the Library of Congress photo archive, right?
Ever wonder why doctors, dentists and lawyers have to Practice so much? Ever
wonder why you let them Practice on You?
LOL ... a fully expenseable (Sec 179) business TOOL, of course!
Not kidding ... for about four months an iPad has basically taken the
place of my laptop for everyday, on-site business use. Easily access
e-mail, order/search for material and supplies from the interweb and,
using cloud services like DropBox, EverNote and GoogleDocs, can access
all project documents, drawings, plans, spreadsheets, portoflios, take
hand written notes and can print from most any wifi connection that has
a wireless printer attached. Clients love it because the screen size
makes viewing plans and documents much easier with instant, on the spot
For a contractor, one of the best tools around for day to day operations.
I think that newstap is the only iDevice usenet reader. I really wish that
it also used taps for navigation (like most ebook readers).
It also needs to be able to filter on any header (not just the summary
ones), with full regexs. That'd allow us to filter crossposts, no-archive
tagged posts, paths for name changers etc.
I've suggested these things to the author but seriously doubt that anything
See Android OS. Google makes it. Google makes SketchUp, Picasa (Photoshop
like), Google and others make word and excel equivalents for Android. A
number of tablets run Android. I've got one I paid $100 for. It only has a
7" screen, but larger Android tablets are available.
Bluetooth a keyboard to it and the iPad quite comfortably creates and
edits most Office products - Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Quicken, Photoshop, CAD ... the tablet OS is still a bit immature for
fullblown apps of this type at this point, but, and it's a big BUT ....
John Gage of Sun was prescient when he uttered the phrase "... the
network is the computer ..." With the advent of cloud computing, the
"net" is indeed quickly "becoming the computer" and it won't be long
before you won't need local copies of programs like Photoshop ... as
above, you don't need most Office Suite software as we speak, which can
be accessed on the cloud via any device that can run an http client.
Already, a desktop has basically become totally unnecessary for what I
do, and a laptop appears not very far behind.
Then again, I've been around long enough to know that pendulums swing
and things go in circles.
Reckon there could well be another resurgence of steam engines before
long ... Steam Powered Aeroplane, anyone? :)
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