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📚 Gather ‘Round the Sound by Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens (2017) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Gather ‘Round the Sound” by Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens first published December 8th 2017.

Goodreads Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe 2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently: a surprising and heartwarming documentary, a selection of stories from our partners around the world, and even some improvised comedic carols we hope will make you laugh as much as they did us.

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📚 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2011) ★★★★★

Finished reading “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, first published January 1st 2011.

Goodreads How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

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📚 Christine by Stephen King (1983) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Christine”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published April 29th 1983.

Goodreads Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury and the teenage boy, Arnold Cunningham, who buys it from the strange Roland LeBay. Helped by Arnold’s girlfriend Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder embarks to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: from murder, to suicide, and a strange feeling that surrounds Christine – she gets even with anyone that crosses her!

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📚 The Butterfly Effect by Jon Ronson (2017) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “The Butterfly Effect” by Jon Ronson, first published July 26th 2017.

Goodreads From best-selling writer Jon Ronson and the executive producer behind the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia, Audible Originals presents a new seven-episode series, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson. [Contains explicit content] Free for a limited time, hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn.

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🐧 Disable the touchpad while typing

Here’s how I set things up to automatically disable the touchpad while typing in my laptop, using the driver’s automatic palm detection. These are just my notes. Check the entire Arch Wiki entry on Touchpad Synaptics. First of all you should test if it works properly for your touchpad and if the settings are accurate. Enable palm detection with synclient PalmDetect=1. Then test the typing. You can tweak the detection by setting the minimum width for the touch to be considered a palm, for example synclient PalmMinWidth=8.
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📚 Death World (Undying Mercenaries Book 5) by B.V. Larson (2015) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Death World (Undying Mercenaries Book 5)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 27th 2015.

Goodreads Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It’s a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World. In the fifth book of the Undying Mercenaries series, the war comes home, and aliens strike a devastating blow.

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📚 Will Save the Galaxy for Food (Jacques McKeown Book 1) by Yahtzee Croshaw (2017) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Will Save the Galaxy for Food (Jacques McKeown Book 1)” by Yahtzee Croshaw, first published February 14th 2017.

Goodreads A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival! Space travel just isn’t what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren’t needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he’s sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue.

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📚 Machine World (Undying Mercenaries Book 4) by B.V. Larson (2015) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Machine World (Undying Mercenaries Book 4)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 9th 2015.

Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion.

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📚 Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant (2016) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam M. Grant, first published February 2nd 2016.

Goodreads The #1 national bestseller and New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders.

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📚 Tech World (Undying Mercenaries Book 3) by B.V. Larson (2014) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Tech World (Undying Mercenaries Book 3)” by B.V. Larson, first published August 1st 2014.

Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world.

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📚 The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Book 1) by Stephen King (1982) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Book 1)”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published June 1st 1982.

Goodreads Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King’s epic work of fantasy – what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus – has spanned a quarter of a century.

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📚 Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Malone Scott (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” by Kim Malone Scott, first published March 14th 2017.

Goodreads From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. While this advice may work for everyday life, it is, as Kim Scott has seen, a disaster when adopted by managers. Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google and then decamped to Apple, where she developed a class on optimal management.

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📚 Dust World (Undying Mercenaries Book 2) by B.V. Larson (2014) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Dust World (Undying Mercenaries Book 2)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 23rd 2014.

Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government.

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📚 Area 51 (Area 51 Book 1) by Robert Doherty (1997) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Area 51 (Area 51 Book 1)” by Robert Doherty, first published February 10th 1997.

Goodreads Deep in the Nevada desert is the most secure compound in the United States: Area 51. The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin there. The President doesn’t know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel working for Majestic-12 do, and they are about to make a very big mistake….

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📚 Steel World (Undying Mercenaries Book 1) by B.V. Larson (2013) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Steel World (Undying Mercenaries Book 1)” by B.V. Larson, first published November 4th 2013.

Goodreads In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn’t the only requirement for survival.

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📚 The Dead Zone by Stephen King (1979) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Dead Zone”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published August 30th 1979.

Goodreads Never before on audio! A number-one national best seller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone - a “compulsive page-turner”. Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them.

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🐧 Seafile Installation Notes in Arch Linux

These are my notes about installing Seafile in my Arch Linux home server. Note: I have reviewed and added to these notes several times. I’m using: Seafile A NUC with Arch Linux as my home server A WD My Cloud NAS Setup a NAS share Create a new share seafile Create a new directory in the server sudo mkdir /home/nas/seafile sudo chmod 750 /home/nas/seafile sudo chown seafile:seafile /home/nas/seafile Setup a mountpoint in the server sudo vi /etc/fstab nas:/nfs/seafile /home/nas/seafile nfs users,noauto,x-systemd.
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📚 The Circle by Dave Eggers (2013) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, first published in 2013.

Goodreads The Circle is the exhilarating new audiobook from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

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📚 The Autobiography of Black Hawk by Black Hawk (1833) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “The Autobiography of Black Hawk” by Black Hawk, first published in 1833.

Goodreads This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history: a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis.

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📚 The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle (2010) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Book 2" by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 2010.

Goodreads Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include “Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

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📚 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (2016) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch, first published July 26th 2016.

Goodreads “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows.

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📚 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, first published October 1st 2011.

Goodreads From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

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📚 I’m Feeling Lucky by Douglas Edwards (2011) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59” by Douglas Edwards, first published January 1st 2011.

Goodreads Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystander’s account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving listeners a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company.

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📚 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Magic Cleaning Book 1) by Marie Kondō (2011) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Magic Cleaning Book 1)” by Marie Kondō, first published January 15th 2011.

Goodreads This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

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📚 Starfire by B.V. Larson (2014) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Starfire” by B.V. Larson, first published November 6th 2014.

Goodreads Two ships launch, but only one can come home with the prize—and no one suspects what they’ll find when they get out there. On June 30, 1908 an object fell from the sky releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history—or something else.

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📚 Essentialism by Greg McKeown (2011) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown, first published December 31st 2011.

Goodreads Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin at home or at work? Do you simultaneously feel both overworked and underutilized? Do you often feel busy but not productive, like you’re always in motion, but never getting anywhere? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s priorities and agendas?

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📚 Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox (2008) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Always Looking Up” by Michael J. Fox, first published September 1st 2008.

Goodreads There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

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