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16th-Jul-2008 04:05 pm
I'm trying to get rid of/recycle some of the old "stuff" at work. Stuff that "Nobody" could possibly have a use for now, but which I can't convince myself that it might not be sheer treasure to someone. I "know" that just because someone might eventually want something (like an old membership booklet for a defunct con) doesn't mean that _I_ need to save it... but all too often nobody else has, so I feel a bit of obligation.

ISPF/SDSF guide.
info for a new Mark IV release (#11) -- pre 1988 & training material from June of 1978. (Including some cool sketches)
Misc Banyan Vines Network Management and Administration & Mail guides.
Various "design a Mark IV program" templates -- whole tablets full of them.
PMSS documentation

And then the tiny booklets -- tri-folded or whatever:
IBM System 370 Reference Summary
Syncsort X 2
OS/VS2 TSO Command Language Reference Summary
Mark IV Specifications Digest booklet, Quick Reference Folder X 4
IMS/VS Reference Card, Application Programming Reference Summary
Intel 8080 Assembly Language Reference Card (March 1976)
CA-JCLCHECK Reference Summary
The Librarian Handbook
ADR/Look, Look Reference Card
UCC Ten Data Dictionary/Manager
Roscoe RPF language handbook X 2
Candle Quick References: CL/Conference, CL/Supersession, CL/Supersession with CL/Gateway
CA-Examine (2.1 & 3.0) Reference Summary
ISPF/PDF Edit and Edit Macros Command Summary for MVS, PDF Command Summary, Reference Summary
IBM OS Pl/I Checkout and Optimizing... (from 1974)
Ramis II Quick Reference Booklet

I did throw out some Beyond Mail documentation. I figure I'm saving someone who might be interested in that...

And there is just NO WAY I can get rid of the HP Document Holder user Manual. It's about 4 inches square, and has a different language on each page: English, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Greek, Chinese (1=sc), Chinese (2=tc), Japanese, Korean, ... possibly an Indian language?..., Arabic, and Hebrew. Wow! How cool is that!

So... if there's anything in that pile that someone can't live without -- that they didn't even know still existed, or that they think is just too funny to pass up, let me know. And if I still have it, you may have gotten yourself a piece of history.
16th-Jul-2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
If anything is of particularly historical value, dump it off on give it to the Bentley Historical Library.
16th-Jul-2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Did anyone ever really need PMS documentation?

(OK, I admit it, I misread that on purpose!)
16th-Jul-2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Men might be able to use documentation.... At the very least, what not to do.
17th-Jul-2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I've toyed around the idea of making a glass and wood mockup of a fire alarm "break glass in case of extreme ..." box. It would contain Dove chocolate and a container (empty for this purpose) of Haagen Daaz.

And now I know Margaret is going to kick me in the shins the next time I see her. ;)
17th-Jul-2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Heh. Actually I'm kind of amused... but that might be because I do drugs now... &/or you caught me on a _good_ week. ;-)
19th-Jul-2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Drugs that let me get away with obnoxious comments. I need to know the name of this drug.
16th-Jul-2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
i'm not smart enough to read any of that stuff, but you could put it up on an interfilk auction table at the next con you go to? there is also freecycle.org in case you're not aware of that. a great palce to give stuff away in your neighborhood. i've given away moving boxes, compression panty hose, a wooden marionette, a lava lamp... and i have received a beat-up but working bicycle, moving boxes (yes the same set i passed on to someone else) and a nice lamp.
17th-Jul-2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
While I love the idea of it, so far I've had very little luck with FreeCycle. I've joined 2 groups, but while I got one response to a posting I made, it turned out he wanted something slightly different -- and when I responded to a "wanted" from someone else -- we were going along, and just before it was time to talk about where to meet, she stopped writing.

Most of these items in my current list are 10... or 20... or 30 year old documentation for programs, environments, or languages that we're not using here anymore, and I don't know that they're being used anywhere else either. And I'm just so pathetic I can't bring myself to just get rid of them.
17th-Jul-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
omg! i still have NeXT manuals. well, and my NeXT that hasn't worked since 1999. and my alpha. and it's manuals. i'm just as bad!
17th-Jul-2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
*snort* I'm not even getting into the stuff I have at home... (which includes the Ramis manuals I scavenged over a decade ago... which I took home when I got moved into a small cubicle with no storage.)
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