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'[OT]Freeby'ish Borland programming books'
2009\03\01@175215 by cdb

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:: What do you
:: think anyone else is going to do with severely outdated software
:: reference manuals?

It is possible that there is someone out there who still uses such
ancient software and needs replacement manuals, some people actually
collect these things.

I have old datasheet books and CD's that have far more information
than either today's datasheets in some cases even if the products are
obsolete.

There is no harm in seeing if someone is interested, it is called
being charitable, thinking of other people, being philanthropic! Of
course probaly not the thing to donate to my doctor's waiting room,
though I'm not interested in cars, fishing, or gossip magazines, maybe
that would be the place for them after all.

Colin
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2009\03\01@180456 by solarwind

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On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 10:51 PM, cdb <.....colinKILLspamspam@spam@btech-online.co.uk> wrote:
> There is no harm in seeing if someone is interested, it is called
> being charitable, thinking of other people, being philanthropic! Of
> course probaly not the thing to donate to my doctor's waiting room,
> though I'm not interested in cars, fishing, or gossip magazines, maybe
> that would be the place for them after all.

Don't take this offensively, it's just something I want to point out.

Being charitable is giving away something to help someone even when it
disadvantageous to you. Examples include donating money to
organizations that help the less fortunate. In this case, you just
want to get rid of your garbage to make space in your basement.
Calling it charity would be lying to yourself. I'm willing to bet that
you're not going to give away your computer workstation and all your
PIC development tools as "charity". And it's definitely not being
"philanthropic".

Again, don't take this the wrong way, I mean you no offense. It's just
something I want to point out.

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2009\03\01@181406 by Benjamin Grant

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colin - i know this isn't a feasible response unless you happen to be
traveling to east africa, but certainly run into a lot of date technology
there and it's actually hard to find manuals/books to service any of it..
and it's hard to find because they predate the internet. Anyway, just saying
your post wasn't dumb, there are uses for these in certain circumstances.

On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 5:51 PM, cdb <colinspamKILLspambtech-online.co.uk> wrote:

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2009\03\01@182155 by Jinx

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> I have old datasheet books and CD's that have far more information
> than either today's datasheets in some cases even if the products are
> obsolete.

I noticed on NZ TradeMe this morning that there are bids on a 1992
Microchip Embedded Controller Handbook. I refer infrequently to
my 1994 copy. As I do with 1980's era NatSemi Handbooks. Much
of the content (protocols, methods, ICs) is still relevant

2009\03\01@183043 by cdb

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Again you are attempting to dictate what I'm thinking, or my intents
might be.

Let me enlighten you.

1. I don't use these books or the C++ - they are worth nothing to me,
I'm going to throw them out as I don't use them - throwing out equals
waste on many fronts, especially if there is someone who has a use for
them.

2. I don't require your insight on the definition of charitable
giving. That is something for my conscience.

3. I don't have a basement, such things are not standard in Australia
or in the UK anymore. I do have a bookshelf though.

4. I have in the past given such things away, even a Renesas
development board - however I don't have to justify my actions to you
unless you are considering being my significant other or moral guide,
neither of which fills me with anticipation.

5. Are you deliberately vexatious?  I believe Speakers Corner in Hyde
Park is still in need of professional agitators - you do have to bring
your own soapbox though.

Colin
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2009\03\01@183411 by Michael Algernon

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Don't take this wrong.... I don't think it is your duty to split hairs  
about whether cdb is being charitable.  Just wanted to point that out.
MA

2009\03\02@015214 by Tony Smith

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Nice troll... well possibly.

Charity doesn't have to hurt, y'know.

Inviting someone to take something you have little need for is far better
then 'recycling'.  If you have no need for it, then there's no need for you
to point out, in your no so humble opinion, that it's rubbish and he's
wasting everyone's time.  It's not like it's been dumped on your doorstep to
deal with, that's the type of 'charity' that annoys all apart from the
dumper.

You'd be surprised at what you consider rubbish that others will be happy to
take - dead microwave ovens, dead trees, random bits of metal, a chunk of
railway line and so on.  No-one else sees the world thru your eyes.

Tony


2009\03\02@055006 by Jake Anderson

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cdb wrote:
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> 5. Are you deliberately vexatious?  I believe Speakers Corner in Hyde
> Park is still in need of professional agitators - you do have to bring
> your own soapbox though.
>
> Colin
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>  
How dare you infringe his right to free speech like that.
I mean soap boxes aren't cheap. Hell have you even tried to get one
lately, they don't grow on trees yaknow ;-P

2009\03\02@061540 by Alan B. Pearce

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>How dare you infringe his right to free speech like that.
>I mean soap boxes aren't cheap. Hell have you even tried
>to get one lately, they don't grow on trees yaknow ;-P

[plum-in-mouth] Nowadays one does just have to use a plastic milk crate.
They just are not the same you know, they don't have the same resonance when
you stamp on them to get your point across [/plum-in-mouth] ... ;)))

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