preserving / ressurecting old docs?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Fri Jun 22 11:36:43 2001

On Fri, 22 Jun 2001, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> In the case of the older DEC handbooks it's only a matter of time before
> the completely disentigrate anyway. They were published on the worst
> quality paper imaginable.


> Your best bet is to take the books and have the binding cut off
> professionally. Then scan in the pages one at a time (not two). I
> personally believe Adobe Acrobat is the best way of doing this.
> Although I realize there are people here that are against Adobe
> Acrobat.

Acrobat is nice but I think it's bloated. It won't be so much an issue as
computers continue to get bigger/better/faster (mine is a P3 700Mhz, 128MB
RAM, and handles them fine) but bandwidth is still a problem.

> BTW, I'm the type person that considers damaging a book a Capital
> Offense! When I read a book I don't even crease the spine. Yet, in
> cases like this I still think this is the right thing to do.

Well, we don't need everyone doing this. One or two handbooks being
destroyed to make a digital archive is fine. The best thing to do is
scour the net for prior work before one proceeds to shred a book for

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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Received on Fri Jun 22 2001 - 11:36:43 BST

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