Cory Doctorow in SF Tomorrow

We have been posting projects from Cory Doctorow's awesome new book Little Brother, so it's great to hear that he'll be doing a book signing in the San Francisco. So if anyone is interested here is where it'll be at:Borderlands866 Valencia StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110 Thursday, May 22, 20087:00 pmFor the rest of his book tour you can check out:Book Tour

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Doctorow Novel Comes True?

In "For the Win", Cory Doctorow wrote about an exploitative on-line world where third-world sweatshops ran through online games to earn treasures to sell to Western gamers.  These people were known as "gold farmers". Guess what? Up to 100,000 people in China and Vietnam are playing online games to gather gold and other items for sale to Western players, a report suggests. The global market for such virtual game goods is worth at least $3bn (£1.8bn) the World Bank study estimates. About 75% of that comes from so-called "gold farmers" who stockpile game currencies to sell on later. However, Encouraging these in-game services could aid development in many poorer countries, said the report. The high proportion of money from such sales that reaches those in the country where the work was done [23% to the individual] might mean that it could aid development in many nations, said the report which was co-commissioned by the World Bank and development organisation InfoDev. Source: BBC

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Download Little Brother for Free!

If you've enjoyed the w1n5t0n Instructables that are based on a character from Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother, then we recommend picking up a copy now that it's available. If you're on the fence about buying it, then you can also download it for FREE! It's not a pirated copy, Cory is generously offering the download up to all as he has done with his previous books.Want to get it? Here's the link.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Little Brother Book Tour & Signings

Cory Doctorow is on tour promoting his book Little Brother - and he may be coming to a city near you!He's in Seattle for the next couple of days, then heads to the SF Bay Area.Check out his schedule of appearances and get your own autographed copy of Little Brother!Don't forget that you can also make a video about your Little Brother project for BoingBoing TV, and download the book for free.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Botnet Questions

I have some questions about botnets. I learned about them in Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother.How big can they be?What are their uses, besides sending spam mail?Can you make a single zombie using your computer and use that as a botnet? (to send spam) If so, how?

Posted by 5m17h 9 years ago


9v to 3v

Hey, I need to know how to turn 9v into 3v can anyone help? Thanks, Cory

Posted by Flumesoft 10 years ago


ParanoidLinux

The fictional version of Linux from Cory Doctorow's new book "Little Brother" shall soon be fiction no longer.I kid you not. ParanoidLinux is coming soon to a computer near you. Perhaps even an iPhone.Thanks Boing Boing!

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


Make a Little Brother video and Get Featured on BBtv!

We really dug Cory Doctorow's new book, Little Brother. We liked it so much that we've made a series of Instructables based on the w1n5t0n character in the book. Now Cory has thrown out a challenge to make a video based on any of these Instructables and post it to YouTube. The best one gets featured on BBtv.So, to recap:(1) Shoot it!(2) Upload it to YouTube or another video hosting site!(3) Tell us where to find it! Submit the url here.(4) Selected videos will be featured on BBtv! LinkWant to read the book? Then check it out for free!

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


My Own Holiday Gift Guide - cool books

The holidays are coming! Of course there are lots of things to give and get, but some of my personal favorite items are books. I read too many of them. Or not enough. I can't remember. Anyway, here are a few kick-ass books that I'd recommend and since they're books they're not too expensive. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon ($9) If you're hurting for ideas and feeling bad about yourself about not being original in anything, just get over it and start stealing like crazy. It's cool, everybody does it and Austin explains clearly with this quick book why you should do it. Make stuff. Go nuts. Just don't feel bad about it. Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro ($9 ebook) This book is technically about creative freelance work, but it's also a bit of a rant about life and how to live it as well. Respect yourself and others and do good work. It Will be Exhilarating by Studio Neat ($5 ebook) Studio Neat made two products with the help of Kickstarter: the Glif and the Cosmonaut. If you're thinking about crowdfunding for any product, check this out. It's short, to the point, and has lots of good ideas. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp ($11) How do people keep making creative works for decades? By not stopping, apparently. Twyla has a routine and has been doing it for a long time. Get up, get some exercise, make some art. Repeat and enjoy the process. Don't get her next book, The Collaborative Habit, however. It has nothing extra to add to this book. Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (free ebook) Cory's books tend to wander all over the fine line between personal diatribe and fiction and Pirate Cinema is no exception. Copyright is bad and remixers are good! OK, got it. No, really, I get it. But along with the repeated messaging is a fun story about teenagers in London making their own remixed movies and showing them underground (literally). Makes you want to start making something and that's always a good thing. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting right now. I'll add them when they come to me.

Posted by fungus amungus 5 years ago


What free ebooks should I check out?

I'm going to be hiking in Japan for a week soon. The last time I did this was about eight years ago and I hauled a few large paperbacks along with me which I devoured in the first few days. It was far too much dead weight and took up too much space in my backpack.This time around, I'm going to be borrowing a Sony ebook reader from a friend. Since many ebooks cost more than real books and there are a ton of classics I haven't read yet, I'm going to load it up with reading from Project Gutenberg and feedbooks.com.So far I have selections from Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Nietzsche, Cory Doctorow, H.G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Those are already be more than enough, but I want to have options!What other free classics should I check out? I normally geek out on too much non-fiction, so I want some stuff with wonderful language, characters, and stories. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Pictures of Instructables Show and Tell at Yuri's Night

The Instructables Show and Tell at Bay Area Yuri's Night was awesome! Check out these pictures of our booth (since I was running the Show and Tell, I unfortunately didn't manage to get any pictures during the actual showing!), and an abbreviated list of presenters: Christy shared some knitting she's been working onBilly showed his Bratz Knife Block, which was the most photographed project we broughtRandy demonstrated an amalgamation of found electronics that I didn't quite get because he's on a higher artistic plan than I could ever imaginePatrik brought some gorgeous wooden bowls he just finishedCory and Eric from Orbswarm drove one of their spherical robots all aroundRobin shared some of her steel jewelryTim gave a member of the audience with no prior experience a 30 second guitar lesson, teaching them more than 300 songs! Rose and Mike from HomeBrew Robotics Club brought a flame-extinguishing robot Ed demonstrated some instant office golf holesNoah presented the world's largest light bright (or at least close there to)and, a bunch of others shared their cool stuff.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago