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Author Topic: burn a CD with survival and gulching information on it, what would you include?  (Read 13121 times)

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Hat tip to FredGeek and his idea of custom burning CD's with information about the current state of the world.

I think that is a great idea and plan on burning a few and would love to have input as to what to include

So far I'd include

1. Scancat Gold, program virtually any modern scanner with your home computer
2. A seasonal chart that shows the temperature ranges in the US and what can be planted, and where and when it can be planted.
3. The Alpha Strategy .pdf
4. The have more plan .pdf

What else would you put on it?

I'm thinking something about sighting in a rifle, solar projects both active and passive.
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Some stuff with entertainment value. If it's meant to be used PAW, assuming a computer/power are available, a few games or
even videos (within limits, due to capacity constraints) would liven up the gloomy times a bit (I'd hope).

For those religious folks, I'd imagine the Bible translation of their choice wouldn't take up a huge amount of space.
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Some stuff with entertainment value. If it's meant to be used PAW, assuming a computer/power are available, a few games or
even videos (within limits, due to capacity constraints) would liven up the gloomy times a bit (I'd hope).

For those religious folks, I'd imagine the Bible translation of their choice wouldn't take up a huge amount of space.


True, I'd bet a DVD would be more capacious, but in a low power situation I'm not certain which would draw less power, a old school laptop with a CD drive, or a modern one with a DVD drive.

I'd add a compass course as well.
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I have the Mother Earth News archives and Backwoods Home on CDs.  I also have a number of articles gleaned from other sources.  One of my favorite websites is Path to Freedom; there are tons of things there to save to disk.  Primitive skills are good too, because many of them are easier to learn with photos.

In addition to my CDs, I have four huge notebooks (3" to 4" thick each) filled with articles on clothing, shelter, food, fuel (meaning heating/lighting/cooking), transportation, home industry, recreation, water/waste treatment, communications, health and healing, and safety and security (which includes weaponry of various types, along with basic survival skills).  Dividing things up into categories makes it easier to find things.  I will someday (!) divide those 11 categories up a bit more, because some of them are getting too cumbersome.  I think it's important to have various types of information available; no one knows if CDs will be usable when TSHTF.
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I have Ebooks of the following:
American Gardener's Assistant-Parts 1,2 and 3 1866
Country Life 1866
The American Gardener 1854

Very old gardening books, with lots of old-fashioned ideas, which are good for post-SHTF scenarios. Several hundred pages in each. Lots of basic information.
I'd be happy to send any TMMer a copy if you wish. PM me.

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The pdf files from this website:

http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/publications_usda.html

(Amazingly enough, the USDA canning guide is something the government did that didn't suck.  I'm sure it cost WAY too much money to produce though.)
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I'd love to include a copy of the Screwdriver Expert's Guide to Peaking out and Repairing CB radios to be included.

To me there are millions of CB radios in America that will suddenly become much more useful in a grid down situation.

Betty Bearcat always had a nice section on setting up antennas and tuning them to work the best, that sort of technical information would be worth it's weight in precious metals.

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I would not include computer games, unless those games could be provided in OS neutral formats.  That could end up wasting valuable disk space that could be used for something a bit more practical.

Whatever literature is on there, an OS neutral format, such as PDF, would be a must.  Perhaps 'No Treason:  The Constitution of No Authority' by Lysander Spooner?

Copies of the Gingery books would be awesome, but not sure how you'd be able to without violating their copyrights.
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I'll cast another vote for the Mother Earth News archives.  I have stored issues
1 thru 125 or so in hard copy.  My subscription started in the early 70's and
I have read every line of every one of those issues.  I now have a set on
CD.   The "Have More Plan" which was out of print in 1970 was immortalized  in 42
articles in the first few years.  That series of articles has the most exact instructions for
establishing all facets of a self sustaining small homestead that I have ever seen compiled.
The information is truly timeless.
Thirty seven years, 222 issues, 7360 articles in a searchable four CD set.

And no, I don't sell them.


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The Have More Plan is available in .PDF form at this website:

http://www.pioneerliving.net/index.htm

The advantage being it is already rendered down to a .PDF

I'd think a astronomy program would be great as well, the stars really come out in the Countryside.

Maybe a calendar making program as well.
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Don't forget the executable packages to install whatever reader is needed by the documents.

If you're putting together a package of CD's, why not include a LiveCD (bootable to an OS) of a Linux distribution like Mint or Puppy, so you have an OS to read the documents in case the hard drive fails - or if your trading partner has a working laptop with a bad hard drive.

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The entire text of "Where There Is No Doctor" and "Where There Is No Dentist."  If it's possible to include without violating copyrights.  They're both available for free online.  They're part of the Hesperian.org's free online library, at :   http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download.php

And perhaps, if this is also to be used to help people prep beforehand as well as to cope after a disaster, the list of the top 100 items that disappeared first in Sarajevo.  List is at:   http://flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4508   This is a list I often refer to as I make preps.
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Nomads2, the list is great!  I found that nos. 7, 14, and 15 were missing, though.  (Wonder why they left off no. 7?  It's guns and ammo!)  I found them on the original link that's in the post and cut-and-pasted for my hard copy version.  Thanks again!
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I've got an old y2k "how to survive" library here all zipped up if anyones interested............it's about 48 megs zipped and covers everything from soup to nuts..........
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Don't forget the executable packages to install whatever reader is needed by the documents.

If you're putting together a package of CD's, why not include a LiveCD (bootable to an OS) of a Linux distribution like Mint or Puppy, so you have an OS to read the documents in case the hard drive fails - or if your trading partner has a working laptop with a bad hard drive.



The Linux boot Cd is a good idea, the only quibble I'd have is some older systems couldn't use it.

Topographical maps would be useful as well.

What would be great is technical data that we take for granted now, but would help a ton in a grid down/collapse type of situation.

A chart that showed Watts needed to run appliances, or schematics or what have you.
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