PDF's was Many things

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Mon Jan 31 13:56:40 2005

On Mon, 31 Jan 2005, Randy McLaughlin wrote:

> I started with a simple goal to post the manuals of greatest interest to me.
> I found a site that had similar goals (Howard Harte's manual site) and
> decided to send my manuals to him and mirror his site. I also mirror other
> sites I consider important such as Jim's SOL-20 Archive and post other files
> not part of my mirrors. After some thought I signed up for a 3gb site with
> a 25gb/mo band width. Before I knew it Howard's site exploded to over
> 3.5gb.
> I faced with the choice of going to DjVu or putting out more cash to keep
> the files as PDF's.
> I ended up purchasing another 4gb site with 75gb/mo bandwidth that I
> hyperlink to transparently giving me 7gb, I just hope it is good enough to
> last a year.
> I use PDF's simply because it works and it is the defacto-standard. It is
> not a perfect answer but it is the "best" answer, it gives access to the
> majority.
> Anyone unable to handle either the large file sizes or PDF formats have
> other options: They can talk a friend into downloading it and converting to
> PS or printing, pay a office supply/cyber-cafe to do it, check with Herb
> Johnson.

>From the sounds of it, we as a community would benefit greatly if a number
of us started bit torrent sites. I'll start looking in to it. I'm not
sure if my budget will allow a bigger pipe (I've only got 256K up) but if
enough of us started adopting bit torrent then we could reach a critical
mass and it would be easier for everyone to exchange manual scans.

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