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Old 08-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #46
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:16 AM   #47
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Hey, I still watch "Tom & Jerry!"
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Apparently she left off the comma (i.e., "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't, My Baby?").

Left off the comma purposely....
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:15 AM   #49
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I recognized it... though I've never known the tune. It was featured in one of the volumes of the Cherry Ames series I read, long and long ago (my mother's copies, at that).

We still have those p-books. It's an unfair comparison, because there are no digital media that have been around that long, but I do sometimes wonder how well my various ebooks will hold up over time.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:50 AM   #50
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I recognized it... though I've never known the tune. It was featured in one of the volumes of the Cherry Ames series I read, long and long ago (my mother's copies, at that).

We still have those p-books. It's an unfair comparison, because there are no digital media that have been around that long, but I do sometimes wonder how well my various ebooks will hold up over time.

That's a difficult one to answer. They're both very fragile and very durable (at the same time!). Software is potentially immortal. As long as there is hardware that can execute it. The main risk is random ionization. However if it's stored in multiple copies, and is checksumed, and is stored on error correcting storage, the odds of it going bad become very small indeed.

But will there be hardware to execute it on? Hardware changes rapidly and formats change as well. It doesn't matter how perfect the storage is if no hardware will read the files. The best you can hope for on this front is using a format that is very common, and plan on changing to a new format when it becomes dominate. Whenever this occurs, there is alway a commercial market for software to change from the old format to the new format. Look at the number of CD to MP3 rippers, for example. (Or WAV to MP3 rippers, although they both tend to serve different markets.)

That's why I believe in using the most common available formats. In music, it's WAV and MP3. In video, it's VOB and IFO (in MPEG2), and possibly DIVX. In the e-book world, it's either HTML or PDF. Operating systems are Windows and LINUX. This is not to say that there are not functionally better formats in all the categories out there, but they are more specialised, and that makes them less likely to have ready-made conversion software when they bcome obsolete.

If civilization collapses, P-books are definitely better, but even their long term existence is not good (read the histories of the Alexandria library and the Constantinopal library....)
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:55 AM   #51
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Sir Edward, if civilization collapses, we'll have to depend on those who have good memories to tell us the stories........kinda like the end of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Computers won't work, and p books will eventually turn to dust.
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Would not "weirdo" be its own stereotype?

Wonder this aloud because either the originator of the thread meant to point up some deep philosophical and sociological truth via their ingenious quandary, or they are some d*mnable preppy who loathes who are just a tad different.

In such parameters as are so diaphanous, I would proclaim myself as perfectly normal, per the innate notions and actions that are normative to me.

In other words, y'all are just a bunch of loons!
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:22 PM   #53
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Wonder this aloud because either the originator of the thread meant to point up some deep philosophical and sociological truth via their ingenious quandary, or they are some d*mnable preppy who loathes who are just a tad different.
Naw... he was just trying to point us to some spam links that have already been excised by our Mod. Then we picked up the ball and ran from there.
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Naw... he was just trying to point us to some spam links that have already been excised by our Mod.
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Of course we recognized it! I grew up watching the really old Merry Melogies cartoons, and something on those was always singing it. And now it's on perpetual loop in my head. I'll get you for that!
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Sir Edward, if civilization collapses, we'll have to depend on those who have good memories to tell us the stories........kinda like the end of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Computers won't work, and p books will eventually turn to dust.

And when storytelling dies out, we will tell the stories through interpretive dance. I call dibs on telling The Simpsons!
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And when storytelling dies out, we will tell the stories through interpretive dance. I call dibs on telling The Simpsons!
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Why are we only discussing tv shows in this context? Oh well. Hm. I'm imagining Dr. Who as interpretive dance... well, struggling to imagine it, anyway. I could see it as a stage musical, though.
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