Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of a popular Time for Cake article run a couple years ago.
Online Find of the Week: ebooks Galore!
I’d say we’ve found a keeper.
The website www.ManyBooks.net is a genuine treasure trove for eBook lovers (and avid readers in general). The site offers a whopping 29,000 eBooks for download, is easy to browse, and is filled with reviews by fellow readers.
“Yeah, sure,” you’re thinking. “That’s lovely. But why would I use ManyBooks.net instead of Amazon?”
My response: You might consider an occasional visit because you can download every single book from ManyBooks.net for free. Every single one.
When downloading a book, simply choose the file format you prefer: .pdf, .pdf for large print, .epub, .pdb, iPod notes (in a .zip file), .rb, .prc, .azw (yep, for your Kindle!), etc. That’s all there is to it — really. Enjoy.
Grab Bag: Your 6 (technically 7) Links of the Week
1. http://tinyurl.com/4pxv5o: If you like the idea of watching a short 1930s video clip of trained dogs dressed up as actors parodying performers in then-contemporary films, I think you’ll like this. The end scene where all the prisoners/dogs are upset about the unacceptable food quality and therefore start throwing food across the mess hall is absolutely fantastic. And if you like this clip, here’s another really great one in which a beautiful dame in trouble is rescued by a valiant hero (though I’ve yet to figure out why or how the hero dog saw the vision of her predicament in his liquor bottle) - http://tinyurl.com/5lq62z.
2. http://tinyurl.com/27zrejg: Sometimes a single program or process can cause Windows to slow down to an unbearable crawl. Learn how to stop these hog-processes before they start.
3. http://tinyurl.com/26tzsqa: Berkeley Bionics has made an exoskeleton that actually enables wheelchair users to stand and walk for extended periods of time. The exoskeletons are “ergonomic, highly maneuverable, easily donned and doffed, mechanically robust and lightweight”. Technology that makes a true difference.
4. http://tinyurl.com/39tdfyt: Though these research findings are hardly surprising, the fact that there’s “a strong correlation between higher income and increased Internet usage” does raise an enormous array of socio-economical, educational, and ethical concerns and challenges. These findings offer yet another layer of depth to consider as you watch (and read) the news, keep an eye on political events, judge the latest education statistics, follow the vacillating jobless rates, etc.
5. http://tinyurl.com/2fecx2w: The short and sweet explanation as to why you shouldn’t switch your email to Facebook (aka “put all your eggs into the Facebook Messages basket”).
Erin Pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design/development studio in Frisco, Colo. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.