pat at computer-refuge.org
Fri Apr 22 01:02:14 CDT 2005
Tom Jennings declared on Thursday 21 April 2005 11:41 pm:
> Sheesh, why is everyone treating fiche as a horrible thing? Like
> it's some terrible, embarrassing obsolete medium that needs to be
> converted out of as quickly as possible?
Yeah, but there's at least two problems with it.
One, it's really hard to make fiche available to other people without
scanning or giving out the original, and loaning out fiche is
potentially risky and a pain in the ass to track. Paper docs have
similar problems, but it's easier to duplicate paper than microfiche,
unless you can find a cheap microfiche -> paper duplicator.
Second, it's much easier - for me at least - to flip through a PDF than
it is to flip through microfiche. Right now, I don't have a fiche
viewer at home (despite the DEC MDS fiche I now have) so I have to make
a trip to the library to view it. It's much easier to print out a few
pages of a PDF (or all of it) and bring it with me to look at, than it
is to haul around a microfiche reader...
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