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Book Launched!


Revisions:
6-1-10: Initial release.

6-2-10: Added mirror for download.

6-3-10: Added video.

6-7-10: Added media fire mirror.

11-17-12: Removed video, fixed mediafire link.

6-3-13: Fixed the download link.


Download Mirrors:

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Never has the “Print to PDF” button looked so useful until today.  After what feels like a year in fruition, the e-book, book, diary, journal, memoir, or whatever you want to call it is finally released!  Although I have been working on this book personally off and on starting end of summer 2009 and through the winter of 2010, the book is finally released today as promised. No delays, no excuses. On time as expected (relative to my time zone of course!)

I have been talking about this book off and on over the past few months, not really giving a strong synopsis of what the book truly is about.  I think after you read it now, you can see why it would be hard for me to fully describe it.  I am so glad that the book is now done, because now I can focus on other projects.

Yes, that is true. This summer I am looking at the UCC and see what I can do to help grow it and cultivate it.  Perhaps do a “Underground Summer School?”  🙂  Anyway, I have another side project that I will reveal sometime this week that will involve the community.  If you are able to participate, then I think the end effects will be amazing.  We’ll see what happens.

What is the meaning behind the Title? I’ll let Voltaire explain that one, as it was his idea at the last minute. I really wanted to go with a whistle blower idea, but then decided in the end it was not the image or perception I wanted to portray. If you read the book, you will know what I am referring to, hopefully.

I am dead tired right now, but I can’t sleep because I am too excited. I want to thank everyone who is an avid follower of this blog. For those who are new, this book is the result of hard work and dedication to what we love to do here. I will most likely make a promotion video of the book on Youtube, but not tonight.  Soon though, I promise.  Now its time to rest until tomorrow. 🙂

See Book Overview:

Video will need to be re-made/uploaded since Youtube banned my previous youtube account.

The Underground Book – Title Brainstorming Session

Revisions:
2-16-10: Initial release.


As you may or may not have known, I am currently writing a special Underground e-book for the blog which will be released in 2010 for sure. My goal is to have it released and launched before June, and I believe it can happen.  The book is 90% done on my end.

At the time of this writing, I have to review the conclusion chapter, and then proofread the earlier chapters.  The book is approximately 66 pages long in its current state, and I expect it to get longer once Voltaire finishes his special chapter.

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November 24th – Update on the Underground Book

Hey guys, just wanted to give you a quick update on the underground book as I have some time to work on it this week due to Thanksgiving break.

The book is making good progress. I spent at least 3 hours today on chapter 3, and it will require some more effort before I am finally done with it.  To wet your tastebuds, here are the five tentative chapters of the book so far:

Chapter 1 – The Foundation

Chapter 2 – Scratching the Surface

Chapter 3 – The Underground Scene

Chapter 4 – The Unspoken Learning Curve

Chapter 5 – The Modding Scene

These chapters are not set in stone, and there is time still to change titles and all that.

I do not have a good title for the book yet, or any cover art. If you want to help in this process, let me know NOW.  The goal is to have the book done by January 2010, and it will be released as a free e-book here on the Underground.

Also, if you have any comments or stories related to the underground, please let me know and I can incorporate you into the book somehow.  I believe these personal stories from myself and others really add a new dimension to the book, and makes it that more enjoyable to read and write.

If you have any suggestions or ideas I should look into please let me know.  Voltaire has agreed to help out with some of his own chapters, so it will be a tight squeeze this year to get this book done.

Why the rush?  I want the book done so I can focus on other items.  Whether you believe it or not, I have started this before summer and now I am getting close to having it done.  The book will be great and it is the best way for me to thank everyone here who is a reader of the blog.

What is the book about?  In short, it is insight into the underground, what it consists of, who the main players are, and the risks associated with the underground.  This is a far stretch, but if your mom read it,  then she will be more aware of your computer activities and might be bold enough to ask you where your music is coming from, or in surprising cases, ask you how to get her some free music?

Please note that this is not a political book or a piece of literature that praises piracy. It is simply an educational time piece, no more and no less. This is a community that has been living in the shadows for a long time, and its time to bring it to light for the mass market to acknowledge its existence. You are foolish to think that there are no pirates living in your area, because I can assure you they are there whether you know it or not.

Update on the Underground Book

Revisions:

8-7-09:  Initial release

8-8-09:  Added a subsection on the pricing of the book…oh wait, what price?


All right so before I finally sign off and enjoy a few days of not posting on the blog, I wanted to give you guys a quick update on the book I have been working on the side.

What book?

Well, it is more of an e-book.  I don’t want to steal the thunder away from the book, but it is a work in progress.  In it I really want to touch upon some personal stuff that I have encountered in my life, as well as what I have witnessed in other people’s lives.  We are in the 21st century, and there is a lot of great content to be learned.

With that said, the first chapter lays down the groundwork of the book, as well as hint to the journey the book will take the reader.  The second chapter is devoted the mind of a pirate, and I want to show some insight that pirates are as regular people. In fact, you may encounter many of them on the street without knowing it!

For the rest of the book, it is up in the air.  Do I focus specific articles on console modding?  Heck, I could devote a whole PDF book to just PS2 modding itself.  Or should I put in a few articles on PC maintenance?  A chapter on how to defend yourself against viruses and spyware?  A chapter on underground material so sick it makes baby Jesus cry?

I have no idea yet!  But I assure you, once I get there, it will be worth it.  Anyway, below is a teaser of the table of contents so far!  I need a graphics artist to help develop a picture for the cover, so if you know Photoshop, let me know!

Wait, don’t leave us hanging?  How you going to distribute/price it?

I knew this was coming, and I talk about the decision in the e-book alot.  The e-book will be free.  It will be distributed via pdf here on the blog, as well as all my popular forums that I visit.  If it makes sense, I could distribute via torrents also.  I can’t believe why I am doing what I am doing, and probably a lot of you out there won’t believe why I am doing what I am doing.

Lots of hours invested into a book…no financial gain.  You would think I am very stupid.  >_>  Well, once you read the book, we’ll see who is stupid then.  Trust me, I covered this topic in the book as well. LOL!

Secret Project Revealed #2

As you guys know, the Underground Blog is always bustling with activity.  We may not look like much when there are thousands of blogs on the Internet, but whatever.  I know we have an audience, and real people are being helped by real people.

The first secret project was revealed several months ago, and the result of that was the birth of our sister blog, “Welcome to the Other Underground.”  If you haven’t seen it, you can go to http://tug.cjb.net

On that site, we have articles on topics that may not be worthy to post here on wordpress.com in fear of another suspension or worse.  I cannot risk that anymore, hence the sister blog.

Now what is secret project #2? Right now it has no release date.  It was just an idea that has been stirring around in my head for the past couple weeks and now that I am starting to have some more free time (wait, what free time? – see newsletter 2), and it will be a committed effort to get it done, when I feel it is done.

What am I talking about?  I am seriously thinking of writing an e-book and when its done to have it released here on the blog for free.

What’s an E-book?

An e-book is basically a book converted to PDF form.  It has a title page, table of contents, chapters, sections, etc.  Pretty much everything you expect from a book.

What will it be about?

I don’t have exact details yet.  In short, I will be taking all the top hitter articles and putting them into the book.  The funny part is there has been times when I wanted to learn or remember something, and instead of searching google, I just search the blog for the answer!  When you get to that point, I think you have something gold here.

This blog in short is almost like my technical diary of knowledge.  But I felt like I needed to go the next step, so here we are at with the e-book idea.

I will most likely have stuff related to console modding, various PC tips, and maybe, just maybe, exclusive underground content that is not on the blog.  Perhaps one of the tips from the newsletter will be in the book, you never know.  Also, I maybe have specific articles on gaming to play online, as well as life tips?  The role model for this is Lifehacker’s “Upgrade Your Life”, and I wanted to do something like that too, but for underground purposes.

Will I accept contributions?

Of course! If you want to do monetary donations, I’m down with that but seriously that is not necessary.  If you want to submit an article into the book, by all means you can.  Just email me and I will have your name with your article fit into the book.

Right now I have Voltaire on board to be co-author, so we will be collaborating and making sure the content is just right.

The book will most likely be volume 1, and over the course of time as we get more tips, I’ll make a new series.  We shall see once I get to that point.

Graphics Designer Needed

The old saying goes “You can’t judge a book by its cover”.  True.  In creating the new underground E-Book, I want a flashy “book cover”.  With that said, if you are a pro in photoshop, or have a friend that is one, let me know.

I don’t have any ideas on what the cover art should look like, but maybe we can throw ideas around and see what sticks.

Release Date?

It’s too early to tell when it will be release.  The goal is sometime in 2009, but when exactly I don’t know.  It depends on how hard I work at it and how the community contributes.  What I do plan to do is have an update maybe once or twice a month, either here on the blog or perhaps the newsletter to internally motivate myself to keep the project alive.

I’m sure with your anxious support, this will not be difficult at all. :-0

If anything, at the end of this project, I will have an offline book in my possession that I can refer to for years to come.  It is similar to like school or at work.  You write your notes on a bunch of sticky notes, and over time you forget or lose them.   By putting everything into one place or document, you have all your important notes at your fingertips.

Sounds interesting?  Want in on the fun?  Let me know!!!

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