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Mark Atwood
Books of books
Newly packed
  • Six bankers boxes full of books
  • Two other equivalent sized boxes full of books, magazines, catalogs
  • Half of a 4.5 ft3 box of games, toys, knick-knacks, and figurines
Already packed
  • 5 comic boxes of comic books
  • 6 bankers boxes of archived files
  • One box of holiday stuff
  • Another box of holiday stuff

What the world needs is a an affordable service that charges by the pound to take bound printed matter, guillotine it, and bulk scan it.
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juuro From: juuro Date: October 25th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
And after being scanned, what?

Ink on paper is self-contained media. Any scanned media needs support infrastructure to be read. And there is anecdotal evidence on the digital media becoming obsolete rather more rapidly than pigment on dead trees becomes unreadable.

Paper does take more bulk, that is true.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: October 25th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't want it in fancy propetary formats. Either grayscale TIFF, ASCII text, or (best) DocBook XML would be just fine.

Someone *else* can suffer the pain of keeping them in a long term stable self-contained format.

The weight of the books, and the non-searchability of the text inside them, offends me. It is a barrier to my use of them.
juuro From: juuro Date: October 25th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not talking about fancy proprietary formats, either. I'm only talking about lifecycle planning. How to make sure that after a couple of cycles of hardware development, you still can read those precious CDs?

For instance, a videotape format that was ubiquitous in the industry thirty years ago is today only readable on museum equipment.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: October 25th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I would do it by keeping my personal library "live".

My $HOME still contains all my old university years homework assignments, carefully stored in seperate subsubsubsub directories.
juuro From: juuro Date: October 25th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Should have trusted a pro. Having a migration strategy and keeping to it is really the key.
seawasp From: seawasp Date: October 25th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

That works.

As long as one's willing to do the work, and has the time and resources, and keeps to the schedule. I have stuff from quite a while back that migrates too.

But I still lost some stuff years back, when the disks it was stored on just mysteriously stopped working. I haven't had any books die on me that way.

I'll keep my paper copies of stuff until I am *SURE* that my physical media is not going to expire on me randomly.
seawasp From: seawasp Date: October 25th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


Nothing anecdotal about 5.25" and 8" floppies no longer being readable due to passage of time. They have a known average shelf-life, and unlike books it is not measured in multiple decades.
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