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Preparedness backup reference library

The KTD Project is an effort to put over 600 preparedness and survival texts onto bootable thumb drives or SD cards.

The idea is to be able to carry a vast store of resources anywhere and access it on even some pretty inadequate equipment. (Yes, paper would be even more accessible in primitive conditions — if we weren’t talking about such a huge volume.)

Mark (aka GreyLocke), who’s been pulling this together, has pretty comprehensive instructions at the link above.

I’ve queried him about access to the library for people who may not want to deal with the tech stuff. Will let you know if I hear more.


ADDED: Heard from Mark. Here’s the link to the main directory of project files.

He adds:

But just to have the files available on a drive, they either download the zip files from the CD3WD site, there are I believe 48 of them now each are around 300 to 360 MB each, they would then need to be unzipped and the install batch file run.

I find it a lot easier to just use the ISO files and the torrent. I can set bit torrent to download the files for me while I go about my day. After they are downloaded I personally used ISO Buster to just write the files to my hard drive then install them. They now reside in their own directories on my main drive and all 3 of my back up
drives,and as of now 4 of the KTD thumb drives.

Hm. Maybe somebody could make a little money (or at least do a preparedness public service project) by making up KTD sticks and selling them to the less technically ept?


  1. Scott
    Scott November 12, 2012 5:33 pm

    Bookmarked this…I can have that project up and running by the weekend, I think. The bigger question, to me, is whether the TxFellowship person doesn’t mind me doing so.

  2. Claire
    Claire November 12, 2012 6:03 pm

    Scott — I don’t think he’d object at all. His messages to me have all been about spreading the word on this. He definitely wants people to share the information. But I’ll ask him specifically about the idea of making ready-made USB sticks with the project data on them.

  3. Bear
    Bear November 12, 2012 6:36 pm

    Ah, the CD3WD folks. I remember them. They pirated some of my stuff, too.* Refused to reply to any of my emails, back when I still gave a rat’s ass about writing. If they’d have simply asked, I would have given them permission to use the stuff they had. Hmm… Looks like they did get the message, since the link to my stuff is dead now. It only took a couple of years.

    I see listings for several works (not mine) that I strongly suspect are still copyrighted (some I think are still in print). And — surprise! — those links are dead, too. Could be that a lot of IP attorneys gathered to feed on these clowns.

    (* No, I’m not weighing in on the copyrights vs. “information wants to be free” argument. Just pointing out that writers who don’t get compensated often stop writing. And it’s real hard to pirate that uncompleted sequel etc.)

  4. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 12, 2012 6:42 pm

    I have no objection to anyone spreading the information. As to copyrighted material, if I knew how to excise it from the material I would. I don’t like someone violating my copyright, so I doubt they would like me violating theirs. And anyone can use anything I write with proper attribution as long as it isn’t for profit. That is my only condition.

  5. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 12, 2012 6:42 pm

    By profit I mean overcharging. If a small fee to cover time and materials is imposed I have no issues with that.

  6. Claire
    Claire November 12, 2012 6:44 pm

    Scott — Mark emailed to say he doesn’t object. He just has a few requirements.

    1. Nobody should charge more than $5 or $10 above the cost of the stick or card.
    2. Anybody doing this should give Mark contact info to add to his site
    3. Anybody selling “turnkey” USB sticks or SD cards with the library on them must also include a readme file that contains the URL of the source, a credit to Mark (GreyLocke), and the information that the library is available free for downloading.

    Also, he says Kingston and SanDisk sticks work best and Emtec is much slower. It apparently takes about 5 hours to put all the files on the stick, so he does it at night.

    His own plan was to have people buy their own thumb drives and send them to him in a padded mailer with return postage.

    Clearly, this isn’t going to be a big money-maker for anybody, and he doesn’t want anyone to approach it as such. But his main interest is in getting the information out so it could help people.

  7. Claire
    Claire November 12, 2012 6:59 pm

    Oh yeah. And I just added a 32GB thumb drive to my Amazon wish list. πŸ™‚

    I’d really like to have this library, but I’m not up for messing around with torrents and ISOs (which always give me fits for some reason).

    So I’ll be happy to pay somebody for the service.

  8. Claire
    Claire November 12, 2012 7:18 pm

    Mark — Sorry! I wrote my comments without noticing that you’d been here and your comments were pending moderation. If anything I wrote isn’t accurate or if you have more to add, please do. I think this is a great project. I, too, hope nothing in the library violates anyone’s copyright — and if it does, I hope the authors will either give permission or can get their material removed.

  9. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 12, 2012 7:31 pm

    It’s not a problem. What you wrote is correct. Thank you again for helping to get this information out. I just wish more people would post about it. I”m not in this for any fame, but I do believe that this information should be in everyone’s hands.

  10. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 12, 2012 7:32 pm

    And anyone who wishes to e-mail me about this my e-mail is on my page under the Send me a Missive link. Just use the GreyLocke address. Which means gray beard if you’re wondering.

  11. jed
    jed November 12, 2012 7:40 pm

    > As to copyrighted material, if I knew how to excise it from the material I would.

    I don’t understand this at all. Either a work (I’m assuming PDF of a book, etc.) is free under some applicable license, or in the public domain, or not.

    I don’t get why there would be a need to burn an ISO (or use some ISO extraction tool) to get them either. Why not just some tarballs to extract? Wouldn’t that save a step?

  12. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 12, 2012 7:53 pm

    I didn’t create the CD3WD files. I am just using the files they have already setup. You can go to the CD3WD site listed on my page to download individual zip files if you wish. The caveat is that there are about 48 of them and they are all around 300 or so MB each.

  13. Mr Galt
    Mr Galt November 13, 2012 7:33 am

    I’d be happy to setup sticks as I’ve done this type of thing before (I’m a sysadmin and programmer). Not interested in making money, the most I’d want to do is recoup the cost of the sticks for those that can afford it. The biggest challenge is going to be getting the texts downloaded with only 2 seeders right now. Any chance we could send Mark some cash in exchange for the disks snail-mailed? That would really expedite the process.

  14. Mr Galt
    Mr Galt November 13, 2012 7:42 am

    P.S. Yeah I know, expedited process and snail mail don’t exactly go together, but I have no bandwidth issues at my end, and the current ETA for the torrent is something ridiculous like 22 weeks.

  15. Scott
    Scott November 13, 2012 7:48 am

    This weekend might have been optimistic. [frown] The broadband connection I was counting on won’t be installed in time.

    Viz price, my thoughts were: materials, shipping costs (mfr to me, me to buyer), plus small uplift for time. I’ve got cancer and would appreciate a small sideline income of sorts. There is *some* value in the building of the system, though I agree it’s small.

    Claire, if my business plan cogitation is inappropriate here in your comments, please accept my apologies and delete this. I’m just kind of excited for something to do that is up my alley. πŸ™‚

  16. Claire
    Claire November 13, 2012 8:35 am

    Scott, it’s absolutely fair to talk about it here. Damn, I’m sorry you’ve got cancer; this wouldn’t be much of a sideline business, but you’d be doing a good deed.

    Mr. Galt, I’ll ask Mark to keep looking in on these comments if he isn’t already.

    So many “issues” …

  17. Tahn
    Tahn November 13, 2012 9:13 am

    I would love to see all the Backwoods Home Anthologies on a flash drive with a searchable index. I have the paper books as a main resource library but a travel USB plug in would be swell.

  18. Claire
    Claire November 13, 2012 9:17 am

    Tahn — Great idea. Since they now putting some older stuff (and new issues of the ‘zine) on Kindle, who knows where they might go from here.

    I’d also love to see the anthology setup you describe. Maybe you should propose it to Dave?

  19. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 13, 2012 9:36 am

    If anyone has about 20 GB available on a server I’d be more than happy to upload the ISO files to that space. It would take several days at my slow upload speed. It would be even best if someone had that server space and set it up to seed the files also. More people would get them quicker. I just modified my Bit Torrent to use all of my available upload speed which isn’t much on my AT&T DSL only 30 KBs. If anyone can do that I’d be more than happy to burn the ISO’s to disc and mail them out. I have enough blank discs I think to make 3 sets. On the Extra files I uploaded to my google drive account if someone could download it then use the torrent to seed it, it would help get more files out as well. Right now it’s just getting the files out so more people can seed them if they will bother to.

    If anyone want to reach me use the GreyLocke E-mail on my blog.

  20. Mr Galt
    Mr Galt November 13, 2012 10:49 am


    I have server space and could in theory seed it long term. However, to seed would put me at some risk since much of the server space I have access to is not “mine” and while some file transfers are no problem, long term seeding could draw attention.

    I also have my own server space, but the bandwidth charges could kill me long term so I have a possible alternative which would be Dropbox. I would be willing to extend my Dropbox account to 100G for a limited time at my expense. The idea would be to put the files in a public folder, disseminate the link to allow widespread distribution to those who are willing to seed, host, and distribute, and then end it after a month or two.

    What do you guys think?

  21. Mr Galt
    Mr Galt November 13, 2012 11:31 am

    Tahn and Claire,

    Here’s an idea regarding past Backwoods issues (or really any other content). You can create a “wiki on a stick” using a mini-footprint wiki and a USB thumb drive:

    I did this before for users with a mini-wiki containing systems information covering several topics and articles. You don’t need to install an OS on the stick, just plug it into a working computer with a browser and open it up. It’s platform independent (Windows, Mac, Linux all OK). You can also add your own annotations to the wiki and save it all right on your thumb drive.

  22. Mark/GreyLocke
    Mark/GreyLocke November 13, 2012 11:50 am

    Mr. Galt, I have no issues with that. After I get 3 of my friends here set up to seed the files I can mail you the 4 DVD’s. Those DVD’s have the 4 ISO files plus the Extra files and the torrents, PDF Manual for Knoppix and bit torrent client installer. If you would be willing to write up your contribution, I can post the necessary link on my blog with the caveat that it would only be available for 1-2 months and downloaders are expected to seed the files so more people can get them. I will make up a text file on how to setup to seed the files for anyone who downloads them.

    Hit my GreyLocke e-mail on my blog and we can set it up.

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