|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Hording books and manuals.by Marza (Vicar)
|on Aug 07, 2002 at 00:11 UTC||Need Help??|
Do you horde books? It just occurred to me that I do.
When does a book become outdated and no longer needed? Do you always hang on to it just in case?
Do you wait till you have a stack of books that puts fear into the worker safety people? Does your bookcase cry mercy?
I pondered these questions as I was looking for a particular reference and stumbled on my 2 perl resource kits. Should I get rid of them? Hey I might need them!
All around me are references of the past. A first edition Elements of Programming style, my BSD Vax-11 users guides, my 5 ATT Unix Programmers Manuals circa 1986, Other Unix references such as SunOS, RPC for windows Eek!, various Micro$oft stuff which includes 3.1 manuals, various networking books which have info for equipment no longer made, version 10 of Cisco OS, hey and there is even some Mac OS 6 stuff! But let us not forget the stacks of magazines that all contain articles that I might need!
Now that Perl 6 is on the horizon does that mean more books? What about my old ones? I could clean house and make room for more but I might need them! ;-)
So am I strange or do other people do this?