jwest at classiccmp.org
Wed Nov 22 15:43:21 CST 2006
> While I agree with the sentiment that scanning old documents isn't
> something that can be done nonchalantly, I disagree with the
> implication that Al is the only one who has the Special Knowledge to
> scan old documents into a form worthy of bitsavers.
I did not say Al has unique Special Knowledge (although he may, it's
certainly not MY area of expertise to know one way or the other). I did
imply that Al has Special Experience, which some others certainly may have
as well. I did not say his knowledge or experience were necessarily unique.
However, what I did imply (and in regard to your last phrase above) - is
that bitsavers is his, and HE decides what is acceptable for documents to be
included in the archive. And if he feels that the best result is scanning it
himself, that's his call. If he wishes to accept scans from others, that's
his call too. I'm all behind whatever he wishes to do. The quality (and
ubiquity) of his work speak loudly enough that I certainly don't dare
question his preferences :) Since Al is the only one who can actually put a
document into bitsavers, I suspect it is his call ;)
I definitely don't think bitsavers should be the only archive people
contribute to! But it is by far (IMO) the best archive according to most any
metric chosen. And with it mirrored on approximately 9 servers in
approximately 3 countries it's got a great chance of longevity. As I did in
my previous email, I praise other archives and the work they have done, and
don't feel it necessary to repeat here. My own personal decision is when I
get a spare manual no one has, send it to Al. Everyone should make their own
decisions of course.
> but then again not all of us are complete dunderheads when it comes to
> document scanning either.
Not all of us are, nor did I say that. I certainly am however; graphics is
blackmagic voodoo to me.
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