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Portraits in Silicon

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Portraits in Silicon

Submitter: I couldn’t weed this book fast enough as soon as I saw it in the 920’s at my library. Some of the profiles of early innovators such as Charles Babbage and Alan Turing still might be relevant. However, a copyright date of 1987 means this title doesn’t include anyone like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Jerry Yang and Dave Filo. It does, however, have a profile of Steve Jobs, featuring a photo of him with a lovely, full head of hair.

Holly: But it’s historical! Nah, just kidding. Submitter is from a public library in Michigan (not Silicon Valley, not a research institution, not an archive…) I think we all know where I’m going with this. Just weed it and move on.

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Fixing the Boob Tube

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TV Repair for Beginners
1991, 4th ed.

Submitter: This book was found languishing at my local library. I thought this book was unlikely ever to be checked out again and should be weeded. That a newer edition would be better than this, the 4th ed. My colleague thought there was still some life left in this book. That there would still be some people out there with a TV like these. Although she did agree that she has not seen one in a while. I doubt that there are enough of those old TV sets , and even less likely amount of owners who would want to repair them on their own to keep this book. So I pose the question to your readers. Weed or keep?

Holly: I have a TV like this in my bedroom. I will happily get rid of it when it dies, but the damn thing won’t die! I’m definitely not repairing it when that happens, though. Weed.

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Netting Your Ancestors

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Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet

Submitter: It is disconcerting to find a book on Internet research published in 1997 in the library. I was very curious about what was on the Internet in 1997! Mostly, it’s about using email. Attached are pictures of some inner pages. A link to an AOL page is listed as the only available genealogy listserv. This book should have been discarded long ago.

Holly: This was one of the genealogy books by one of the genealogy authors in 1997. Cyndi Howells, the author, would probably agree that the information in this edition is very outdated. Genealogists depend on Internet sources more and more. The amount of useful genealogy information online has probably quadrupled or more since 1997! It’s a whole new world, people. Now, let me tell you about my mom’s cousin’s ex-husband’s grandma…

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