An updated and curated list of readings to illustrate best practices and patterns in building scalable, available, stable, performant, and intelligent large-scale systems. Concepts are explained in the articles of prominent engineers and credible references. Case studies are taken from battle-tested systems that serve millions to billions of users.
A publisher reprinting rare, forgotten, and unusual texts. Download them as .pdfs or purchase them online. Many categories are represented, from epic sagas to classical fiction, drama to architecture, history to technology.
The homepage of a group that's moved on from building and open sourcing submarines to building and open sourcing rockets for space travel. They are based entirely on donations from private parties and are staffed with engineers who are donating their time and expertise as they can. They are building and testing rocket engines in Europe with the eventual goal of reaching orbit.
space-travel research rocketry denmark engineering science technology space
A pair of books licensed in the Creative Commons (BY) which talk about the architecture of open source software. The core developers of four dozen projects talk about how their software is structured, and most importantly why. They were written so that F/OSS developers wouldn't have to learn by reinventing the wheel, instead there would be a reference.
There are two books, which you can read online and download for free. Or you can buy them as Kindle editions (the proceeds go to Amnesty International).
This company sells conductive fabrics, woven not out of fiber but very, very fine wires. They seem ideal for sourcing primary components for building shielding - say, you're constructing an RF testing facility and you want to minimize leakage (or intrusive external signals). Or you're building yourself a Faraday cage for some reason.
RepRap is an open-source (hardware, software, and documentation) desktop fabrication system which lets you construct arbitrary objects (or parts for assembling more complex systems). It's unique in that you can construct one yourself for about $400us, and it is fully capable of making duplicates of itself.