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Old 10-03-2019, 04:17 AM   #61
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For trash collection tomorrow, I estimate 200 pounds (4 large construction plastic bags) of paper books mostly school and work technical stuff with a few odds and ends tossed in.

More to go and really haven't come upstairs yet, though I got some Shaum's outline series books/manuals that were being used to support a deck on my main computer desk which had a giant Trinitron CRT monitor on it until this past year. Now it has a very light LCD monitor on it.
Some garbage collection companies have a weight limit on what they will pick up. I threw out my old computer books a while back and ended up having to spread it out over several weeks.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:12 PM   #62
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Some garbage collection companies have a weight limit on what they will pick up. I threw out my old computer books a while back and ended up having to spread it out over several weeks.
After pickup today, I checked outside to see if the giant can was still intact because it has started splitting some near the bottom.

Yes thank goodness it was.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:04 AM   #63
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Yes, we need books in our home. My partner and I both very much prefer the real thing to the 'e' versions. We both admit to being not just collectors, but hoarders as well. We tend to justify it to ourselves because we have read or are in the process of reading all the books we have because we 'love' reading. E books for us, are for books that are not available to us either because of unavailability and or price, or for some reference materials we want handy. Plus, they do come in handy as some others here have mentioned. Long waiting times in various places, etc.

In our previous home, we had one room we made into our library as best as we could. It wasn't big, but it had space for a small sofa where we could each sit and read.

We are now in a new (to us anyway) home. We bought an old school house built in 1902. It had 3 classrooms, one being a new addition in the early 1950s, with the last class being held in 1960. This is the main living area. The other 2 rooms are the original classrooms. Both of them are 30 feet square with 12 foot high ceilings. One is used as a combination workshop/storage area. The other is a studio/ living area. It was bare studs when we moved in. It's now insulated and heated and we are getting ready to put the drywall up.

The wall that separates the 2 big classrooms is solid with only one door, no windows. Once we figure out just how much space will be needed, that wall is going to have shelving to house our entire collection with extra room for future book additions. Since we have the space, we're gonna take full advantage of it.

As for when our time comes and we're no longer around, my oldest daughter knows our wishes as to how/where we would like the books to go. She also has been given the option that, if it becomes more of a hassle to follow our wishes once she attempts it, she may dispose of them whichever way she wants. In the meantime, we will both be enjoying our library of the real things.
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Some garbage collection companies have a weight limit on what they will pick up. I threw out my old computer books a while back and ended up having to spread it out over several weeks.
Yes, our garbage company has a 90 lb limit because the can will slide off the can grabber. My city recycles hard cover separately because the covers have to be torn off before entering the paper recycling ramps. Got rid of 90% of the computer books this past summer - my brother wanted to keep books for computers/programs he doesn't even have any longer!

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Yes, our garbage company has a 90 lb limit because the can will slide off the can grabber. My city recycles hard cover separately because the covers have to be torn off before entering the paper recycling ramps. Got rid of 90% of the computer books this past summer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- my brother wanted to keep books for computers/programs he doesn't even have any longer!
Yes, yes of course!

I haven't yet gone through all the old external hard drives. Firewire, USB, USB2 and I am definitely going to keep my newer USB3 drives.

Then there are the R/W CDs, R/W DVDs with programs, and the 3 1/2 inch Floppys and even the 5 1/4 inch floppys and the old paper tapes. I only have a few decks of punch cards from school left, but hey one day when the Aliens come, that might save us all.
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Yes, yes of course!

I haven't yet gone through all the old external hard drives. Firewire, USB, USB2 and I am definitely going to keep my newer USB3 drives.

Then there are the R/W CDs, R/W DVDs with programs, and the 3 1/2 inch Floppys and even the 5 1/4 inch floppys and the old paper tapes. I only have a few decks of punch cards from school left, but hey one day when the Aliens come, that might save us all.
We still have punch cards. Unless Mom finds more in the attic, we are down to the last box. Used them for quick notes. I still come across a floppy now and then. These are all my Dad's and brother's.
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Of course. Only some are available as ebooks, and given the limited storage, small screen, and slowness of my Kindle Dx, it's helpful to have hard copies of important ones even if they are available as ebooks.
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