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Old 09-26-2014, 08:57 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the replies! Brings back the memories, does it not? May take a couple of these manuals down to recycling today and turn them into Fedex boxes.
Yep. I feel your pain. At first we hung onto old books and manuals because, well, maybe someone would ask us to look at old code, right? At least that's what we told ourselves. But, really, DH and I are bibliophiles. When we got together, the biggest issue we had in combining households was all the books. We purged a lot back then (both IT and non-IT).

We retired in March. It was freeing recently to get rid of the IT books. We still have tons of others. DH has the largest quantity of literature. I have a thing for how-to's of every kind (especially cookbooks, gardening, home improvement, dog training) as well us understanding people/society (history, biography, women's issues). We're in the process of a complete home remodel, and during this, have to move things from a room being worked on to a room not being worked on from time to time. This was the real tipping point that caused us to purge the IT books. It was stronger than nostalgia.

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Old 09-26-2014, 11:35 AM   #22
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I saw this thread on my phone, so the title was truncated as "Old IT Technical Manuals. Recycle or..."

My first thought was 'please tell me the missing word is "burn".

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Is it crazy that soo far in my entire 10 year IT career I have not had to purchase a manual? I am thinking as hard as I possibly can but I cannot recall actually having to pay for a physical book or manual...

I've read plenty of manuals, but I have never paid for dummies, 101s, how-tos or OS/Guides and manuals.

My dad has a bunch of manuals (Cisco) and a bunch of old server and pc hardware from the 90s he thinks he will sell on ebay some day. The funny thing is most of his equipment and books were aquired or paid for by the compnay. I can remmeber when they paid for my Microsoft Encarta CD that I used to help me with school projects as a kid. Loved Encarta!
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Is it crazy that soo far in my entire 10 year IT career I have not had to purchase a manual? I am thinking as hard as I possibly can but I cannot recall actually having to pay for a physical book or manual...

I've read plenty of manuals, but I have never paid for dummies, 101s, how-tos or OS/Guides and manuals.

Not at all, most of the manuals are online. Things have changed for the better in that respect.

In the old(diansour) days they(manuals) were precious. I remember paying $150 for one hardcopy. Everything in it referred the reader to Appenix B. There was no Appenix B. Complained after the second one arrived. They send an SE with the third, he watched as I unwrapped the precious document, no Appenix B. here either.


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