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Dammit - I have boxes of them, many in new condition, and I have to be very drunk and thoroughly on a mission to toss one out. I was raised to treat books as sacred objects (items written by L. Ron Hubbard excepted) and to mark one, tear a page corner, unnecessarily bend one - these are unforgivable sins of the cardinal sort. But no one's will ever want to read books on InterDev, VB 5, Oracle 8, and that ilk ever again. I've considered donating them to the library, but last time I asked, they didn't want more books. The one they have keeps them busy enough, I guess. They're too heavy to ship, even if someone wants them, and all are hopelessly outdated. But they're in beautiful shape... Grrr....
It's time for a long night with a bottle in front of me, ended with several trips to the dumpster with a look of grim determination on my mug. I'm going to hate myself in the morning, just like the night I married my ex wife...
I am the same way with books I don't bend corners, write in them and all mine are in pristine condition. I also hate to throw them out but I tried selling them at a $5 a piece, trade them at a two-for-one book store they didn't want them, give them away but no on wanted them so I tearfully took them to the road hoping someone would stop and pick them up - no dice. So the garbage man came and cussed me for having to pick a ton of books up off the ground and toss them.
What a waste! And mine where a lot newer than the ones you're talking about. XML, ADO, etc.
I feel your pain, Roger. I hate to toss any books, no matter what the subject. If I don't intend to read them, I don't buy them in the first place.
On the other hand, if I leave a stack of books lying around and tell my wife I don't have any need for them, they will magically disappear in short order. I suspect what she does with them, but for me it's painless and I can rationalize that it wasn't my fault.
CQ de W5ALT
Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software
I suspect those books are only becoming valuable now because at the time of publishing they were fairly rare and are now obviously becoming even rarer. My old programming books (yes, also in pristine condition) are/were fairly common and there is such a broad range of them and with multiple reprints and editions will probably not become sufficiently rare until at least the 4th millennium - at which point the paper will have degraded to dust and the cost of storage will far exceed their value - never mind the cost of shipping them to my cybernetic mind/body/home in orbit around Mars/Saturn/[insert planet/moon of choice here].
- Life in the fast lane is only fun if you live in a country with no speed limits. - Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most. - I vaguely remember having a good memory...