posted on Aug, 12 2008 @ 04:33 PM
Yep, sure do.
Having your own library makes for handy reference, doesn't it?
A few months back I had to split the collection up, all the text, PDF, and graphics files are on this laptop. The videos got moved to my desktop
There isn't room for music on either, so I stuck a few 20 gig hard drives in an old K6-400 box and shared them out with NFS for a music dump. It logs
in as the main user at boot and runs vino on login, so I can log in via VNC and rip new CDs when I buy them. Got a cheapo 5.1 surround system in the
office and my wife's laptop, my laptop, and my development box are daisy-chained with stereo A-to-A cables so they all play sound through it. It
isn't Dolby though
Maybe next year.
The setup works pretty well, all of my machines run Linux and the file sharing rarely has a hiccup (any problems are usually caused by brownouts).
Compartmenting the storage distributes the free space across the boxen and also makes it easy to find things.
Need to run through and back some things up on DVD, free up some space that way. Both the primary machines are running low on disk space.
One of the most valuable tools I have found for locating PDF files is eMule. Usually when I read about a text, eMule can locate it and snag it.
Reading PDFs for hours at a time sort of sucks though, so if it turns out to be something worth reading cover-to-cover I hit up Amazon for a used
The downside is that some used copies of unusual books can cost upwards of 200 dollars (assuming you can even find them). It took quite a while to
find "America Deceived" for less than $100.
How do you go about finding books that other texts or articles refer to?