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John Stevenson
07-16-2006, 08:43 PM
Looking thru some old CD's tonight for an old program and found a CD called e-Books with various titles on it, loadsin fact.

Amongst these are two of Neville Shutes work, On the Beach and Trustee from the Toolroom.

Here's Trustee, it's 1/2 a meg before you start and it will be here for about a week and then I'll take it down.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stevenson.engineers/lsteve/files/Trustee%20from%20the%20Toolroom%20v1.1.txt

Right click to save as.


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JIMofalltrades031
07-16-2006, 08:55 PM
thank you very much!

Millman
07-16-2006, 08:58 PM
Likewise, very good, ol chap.What does a sixpence equal in US? I know, I should look it up.

lazlo
07-16-2006, 09:18 PM
Amongst these are two of Neville Shutes work, On the Beach and Trustee from the Toolroom.

Here's Trustee, it's 1/2 a meg before you start and it will be here for about a week and then I'll take it down.


"On the Beach" is a really creepy story. Shutes is a great author.

matador
07-16-2006, 09:36 PM
Thanks very much,John.I've been looking for a copy for ages.
Now I won't need to bother.
I've read"on the beach"and another Shute book ,but I can't for the life of me remember the title.
I understand that the man himself was a capable model engineer/home machinist.

Rich Carlstedt
07-16-2006, 10:24 PM
Thanks Sir John

Rich

rockrat
07-16-2006, 10:51 PM
Thanks. Will add this to my reading.

20,000 leagues under the sea is an ebook that is free under the Gutenberg project. You can download a printed version or a sound version. The audio book sounds like a computer reading it but might be better than nothing.

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/6538

Free books, how cool.

rock-

Wareagle
07-17-2006, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the book. I'm looking forward to the read!

lynnl
07-17-2006, 11:26 AM
s'cuse my ignorance, but how do I make the lines wrap around?

When I view it each line is maybe thousands of chars long. (too long at any rate)

Wareagle
07-17-2006, 11:31 AM
lynnl, I just copied all of the test, and pasted it into Word and saved it on my machine. The paragraphs and all appeared as normal when I did. This also secures a copy for future reading!

lynnl
07-17-2006, 12:00 PM
Wareagle, is that to say that you cy'd (from the website) and pasted BEFORE saving?

BTW, does your name indicate a connection to Auburn University?

Wareagle
07-17-2006, 12:25 PM
lynnl, yes on the first question.

I have to say I am a little confused on the second question; isn't Aurburn U's mascot the 'Tigers'? To answer that question,"no, I am not connected to Auburn".

Evan
07-17-2006, 12:48 PM
s'cuse my ignorance, but how do I make the lines wrap around?

Use Wordpad. Select View>Options. Select Text tab. Check "Wrap to ruler".

lynnl
07-17-2006, 01:02 PM
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I have to say I am a little confused on the second question; isn't Aurburn U's mascot the 'Tigers'? To answer that question,"no, I am not connected to Auburn".

Yes their (original) mascot (and name) is Tigers. But somewhere along the line they adopted the battle cry "War Eagle". And in recent years have started maintaining one or two eagles (don't remember whether they're bald or golden) which are well trained and are often performed during half time and special events, eg. bowl games. Much like demos that some Falconers will have their birds perform.

Wareagle
07-17-2006, 01:27 PM
Very interesting tidbit on Auburn, lynnl.

I actually got the nickname 'Wareagle' (among others) from a friend of my dad's many years ago. It was one of those things that just stuck. The Auburn U angle sounds much more interesting, but I am afraid that's not the case.

Evan, out of curiosity, does the wordpad trick work for IE, or is it just for text in WP?

mattm
07-17-2006, 06:39 PM
"An engineer is a man who can do for five bob what any bloody fool can do for a quid."

What the hell is a "bob".

Matt

John Stevenson
07-17-2006, 06:55 PM
A bob is UK slang for what was a shilling or 12 pence when there were 240 to the pound.
20 shillings to a pound so by today's standard we are looking at 5 pence or about 8 cents.

In those day a bob would get you a cheap meal.

John Stevenson
07-17-2006, 06:58 PM
As an aside I was looking at the contents list of this CD and there are loads of book's on there, some quite recent.

I don't know how they handle the licensing but it must be kosher as some are text file, some are html and some need a program called Microsoft e- book reader.

Here's the list as best as I can convert it over.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stevenson.engineers/lsteve/files/contents.txt

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PHiers
07-17-2006, 09:18 PM
Sir John,

Thanks for the "trustee from the tool room", I have been looking forever for a copy of it.

Tin Falcon
07-17-2006, 09:32 PM
Trustee from the toolroom is a good read. A friend at Cabin Fever loaned us a copy.
Tin

Evan
07-17-2006, 10:31 PM
Evan, out of curiosity, does the wordpad trick work for IE, or is it just for text in WP?

? I'm not sure what you mean. The file as supplied is a text file with only the most basic formatting.

Wareagle
07-17-2006, 11:47 PM
Evan, in the previous post by lynnl, i think that the question that he had was the text wrapping in IE. You replied that with wordpad you could change the settings to get the text lines to wrap. Maybe I am making a leap, but I think that the part of capturing the text and moving it to another program has been lost in translation.

So, what I was asking is if the wordpad settings would change the IE settings for some reason. I did not think that one would affect the other, but again there is some quirky stuff with MS products, hense the question.

John Stevenson
07-18-2006, 03:51 AM
? I'm not sure what you mean. The file as supplied is a text file with only the most basic formatting.

Simple,
He was asking how do you word wrap in IE ?
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lynnl
07-18-2006, 11:03 AM
As it turned out, I initially saved it to disk as a .txt file.
Then when I opened that it automatically opened it w/Notepad, and the lines were indeed wrapped around.

But I went ahead with what Evan said and opened it with Wordpad (which initially was not 'wrapped') and applied those settings to wrap it, and then resaved it.

Weston Bye
07-18-2006, 11:39 AM
Probably the long way around, I cut and pasted to a Word document, then saved it.

Then I read it.

All commerce came to a halt. I didn't read it in one sitting, but nearly so. I thoroughly enjoyed it. As the author of a few articles in HSM, I could somewhat identify with the hero, or more accuratly, was envious.

For years I have been trying to find a way to adopt such a lifestyle, working in my own shop on the things I want to work on. I almost made it once. I worked alone for 11 years, but due to economic necessity, I built things (control panels, fixtures, machine wiring) for others, as the lowest bidder, under time pressure. Little time left for writing. I'll keep looking for a solution, but in the meantime, I'll keep my day job.

Thank you, Sir John, for a good read.

Wes

Evan
07-18-2006, 12:15 PM
The trick doesn't work in IE. There is no easy way for the user to force a web page to wrap lines.

moldmonkey
07-18-2006, 11:19 PM
Thank you, Sir John!!!! I have it saved and look forward to getting a chance to read it.

JOn Bohlander

ulav8r
07-19-2006, 01:53 PM
That's quite a list of books on that CD. Any possibility of duplicates being available? Who put out the original CD?

Magic9r
07-19-2006, 07:29 PM
Thanks John,
been a fan since I read On the Beach and In the Wet as a teenager but was not aware of this one. My dad has similar tastes & will probably enjoy it too,
Regards,
Nick

I don't suppose you're a John Wyndham fan too?

Wareagle
07-19-2006, 07:31 PM
That's quite a list of books on that CD. Any possibility of duplicates being available? Who put out the original CD?

I second that! It'd be nice to have that collection!

JRouche
07-19-2006, 08:16 PM
EBooks are a fast growing format. Just do a search. You will come up with more than you can read in a lifetime. JRouche

http://manybooks.net//

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/title.html

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&satitle=ebooks&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&bs=Search&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&fgtp=&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=93012&saprclo=&saprchi=

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Domain


I'm gonna download the Gutenberg DVD. It is big, I'll see how long it takes.

http://www.gutenberg.org/cdproject/

John Stevenson
07-20-2006, 11:56 AM
The other Shute book on the CD is now on my web space.
This one is On the Beach.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stevenson.engineers/lsteve/files/ON%20THE%20BEACH.TXT

Wareagle
07-20-2006, 04:55 PM
Thank you, John. Look forward to the read!

ulav8r
07-21-2006, 10:50 AM
I looked at downloading the Gutenberg DVD. Hit file save here at work, it said 15 hours remaining time so I canceled. Estimated 11 days on a 56K connection, I can only connect at 28-32K at home so that is out. Think I will send for the DVD to be mailed, it should be much faster.

op9
07-21-2006, 12:26 PM
Thanks John,
I have read it many times after first being "made to read it" in school English. Now another reason to read it again. He was quite remarkable and his autobiographical book "Slide Rule" is excellent covering his work on the airship (hydrogen filled) R100. And he was a model engineer.

There are still many loyal followers around the world. Check this link out which was set up by his daughters.

http://www.nevilshute.org/

Rod.

Evan
07-21-2006, 12:42 PM
I want one of these. It has a paper white display and the display requires no battery power except when it is changing. One charge is good for about 7000 page changes.

It will display e-books as well as PDFs and your own documents too.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics/reader1.jpg

See here:

http://products.sel.sony.com/pa/prs/index.html

pkastagehand
08-25-2006, 10:15 AM
Was reading this on lunch hours; finally finished it. Thanks John. Read "On the Beach" a number of years ago but hadn't looked around to see what else Shute had written.

Rex
08-25-2006, 01:01 PM
Evan, I too want one of those Sony ebook readers. I spent the last 20 minutes trying to figure out how to buy one, to no avail. The Sony website was very nice, but very useless for someone wanting to actually buy the product.