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Submission What to do with Outdated Books 1

gmletzkojr writes: "Recently, I was put on a new project at work, which is in a language I haven't used in years. I checked my personal library for books on this language. The books I have are outdated to the point that currently sell on Amazon for less than $1 each. I'm not interested in making money on these books, but I would like them to go to a good home. What do you /.'ers do with your outdated books? Do libraries or schools want these books?"

Comment Re:If it compiles... (Score 1) 208

I know you are joking, but I worked with a guy that would do this. After he sent the executable to a customer, he would test the feature. Then, he would frantically call the customer, and tell them not to put the software in use, because it didn't work. He would repeat the process 3 or 4 times before getting the feature to work.

Christmas Cheer

Submission Christmas Related Projects

gmletzkojr writes: "As we all know, Christmas is that mystical time of year where geeks and nerds of all types set up their complicated lighting schemes, animatronics, etc. for the neighbors to see. So, what sort of projects do you all have to impress and annoy others with this year? I would post my project, but I didn't have time to complete my 17 ft tall walking Santa. Maybe next year..."

Submission Vista has "high impact issues" - Microsoft

EggsAndSausage writes: "Microsoft has admitted — in a roundabout way — that Vista has "high impact issues". It has put out a call for technical testers to participate in testing of Service Pack 1, due out later this year, which will address "regressions from Windows Vista and Windows XP, security, deployment blockers and other high impact issues."

It's hard to know whether to be reassured that Service Pack 1 is coming, and thus that there's now a sensible timeframe for considering deployment of Vista within businesses, OR to be alarmed that Microsoft is unleashing an OS on the world with "high impact issues" remaining in it.

In other news there's a battle raging over the top 10 reasons to get / not to get Vista. (And a rebuttal.)"

Submission Man Build's Personal UFO

Dave's Banjo writes: Fox news has a story about a man building his own UFO. From the article:
Thirty years ago, when Carrington was 27 and obsessed with science fiction, he set out to build a UFO look-alike. Despite his lack of engineering experience, Carrington pored over books, magazines and studies about aviation and spent nearly $60,000 for some of the materials needed for this saucer.
I think it will be great if he pulls it off, though he will have to strip the 'U' from the title. Man builds 'FO' which, let's face it, doesn't sound nearly as cool.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_