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A Ridiculous Amount of DIY Manuals-Part 2

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#1 datsun



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Posted 06 March 2016 - 07:42 PM



Back in the day I used the link that Firerat posted in the previous thread about this to download this archive.


This archive was an amazing amount of information all tied together. This is the kind of thing that initially got me excited about the internet. Knowledge, books, information, free.


Recently I lost this archive and I was determined to download it again. I went to the website and was sad to see that it was gone and the domain was parked.


I read up more and I determined in my research that the gentleman that was instrumental in publishing this information had passed away and that his domain was eventually bought by someone else and the online archive was not there any more. I continued digging determined to find this info again. And I stumbled on several things:


This post on reddit:

CD3WD ( was public online library created by Alex Weir that provided educational material on various topics related to disaster preparedness, self-sufficient technologies and survival.

Unfortunately, tweets and facebook updates from Alex Weir stopped in May 2014 and the website went down before September 2014 ,domain name is taken by somebody else now.

BUT, torrents are still available and there are several seeds, it is possible to download chunk of before it disappers.

As far as I understand, iso images are from 2012.

Backstory from the author (2006)

CD3WD Core 6 DVDs 6 dvds - is high quality free public domain and creative commons third world development content, much of it created by aid donors and NGOs over the years. 99% of the content is now in pdf files, and the file naming system makes it relatively easy to find what you want and to extract ebooks for any subject. The stuff covers agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food processing, construction, health, water and sanitation, appropriate technology, alternative energy, ecology, education and a host of other subjects. This material is not only useful for third world citizens but also for westerners trying some self sufficiency or keeping a local non-internet backup in case civilization collapses - we are strong with survivalists. There are about 6000 ebooks in the 6 dvds, about 26 GB in total.

CD3WD Educational Content About 32 dvds in total - has content from khan academy (video converted to .avi file in PAL settings - not NTSC) - maths and science mainly. Also stuff from wikipedia for schools, project gutenberg, CIA world factbook, project - south african mastered textbooks for grade 1 through to grade 12. There is content for preschool through Grade 12 and slightly beyond. There are few collections:

  1. Preschool / Primary / Junior School - 11 DVDs ~47GB

  2. Senior Secondary (High School) - 9 DVDs ~39GB

  3. Misc (Vocational, Agriculture, Etc) - 7 DVDs ~28GB

  4. Novels, including the Wikipedia Content - 4 DVDs ~16GB

It is recommended to also download the Novels set in combination with either the Junior or High School sets as it contains books that can both be read to youth as well as novels for more advanced readers.


This website, which I thought was my answer but it turned out this information was old and incomplete.


For those of you who havent seen what this archive is, I invite you to click this link to see an example:



This is a link to salt tolerant plants and what you can do with them, now hit this link to find out why this is interesting:



How about this link for fuel:



Next part, where to find these files:
This is the part of the story where I let you know why I started a new topic instead of jumping into the topic that Firerat originally posted and the one that is pinned at the top of this forum.

These files are available in their entirety in torrents. I'd like to think we have come a long way in these last few years, but to some of you torrents are probably still synonymous with downloading software illegally.

In this case, these are as far as I can tell are all public domain.


Since I cant upload .torrent files Ill give this link:










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#2 Jargus



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 10:05 PM

Awesome! That's a massive archive! Nice.

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