You can do a lot with LEGO blocks, but surely nothing more remarkable than what’s pictured in these two books from No Starch Press. Should keep the kids busy over the holidays. – “Beautiful Lego” ($30), by Mike Doyle, is all pictures of completed projects, and beautiful they are, everything from a haunted house that seems to be falling apart, to a fantastic city floating in space. – “More Amazing Vehicles ($20), by Kuipers and Zamboni. Using step-by-step photos and instructions, the authors show us how to build anything from a Formula One race car to a fork-lift truck.
We heard from a reader who is donating his computer to the Salvation Army but wants to remove his personal stuff first. He didn’t mean deleting in the usual way, because that can be recovered. Skilled recovery experts can even resurrect data from a computer that’s been reformatted.
Just when you thought print was dead, along comes a new magazine from the website AllRecipes.com. Instead of going from print to digital, it’s going from digital to print. Of course, the website will still exist, but this November you can get the magazine too. The new “AllRecipes” magazine will cost $12 for a two-year subscription. The initial subscriber base is expected to be 500,000, which is very big. (People are always asking “What’s cooking?”). Print is handy to have in the kitchen. It’s easier to drip tomato sauce on a printed page than on your iPad. Mashable.com reports that print advertising in the food category is up over 10 percent this year. Bon Appetit’s advertising revenue was up 42 […]
Getting a new computer can be a hassle if you’ve got lots of programs left behind on your old one. You would think that using a drive image program to copy everything from the old drive to DVD or other storage medium would work just fine. Surprise! It works fine, all right, but only to restore your old computer back to a point when everything was working well. It won’t copy the programs of the old computer onto the new one. What about using one of those transfer programs? You know, the ones that advertise they can move everything from your old computer over to the new one. Well, they can move a lot of stuff over, but in our […]
“LEGO Heavy Weapons,” by Jack Streat; $25 from nostarch.com
The instructions show you how to make Lego block replicas of the world’s most iconic firearms, including a massive Desert Eagle handgun, with working blowback action, a compact but deadly AKS-74U assault rifle with folding stock, a “Jungle Carbine” rifle, and a pump action shotgun. Each set of instructions lists the LEGO blocks you need.
When Marcin Jakubowski’s tractor broke down, the physics-trained PhD in fusion energy didn’t go out and buy a new one, he built one. Then he decided to put together simple plans for 50 machines any group might need.