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Netting Your Ancestors

Netting Your Ancestors coverNetting 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 Cyndi Howells, the author, would probably agree that the information in this edition is very outdated.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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An Ode to Code

Complete Idiot's Guide to JavaScriptThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to JavaScript

Submitter: [Found] in a public library. Amazingly, it was checked out as recently as a year ago – I’m not a programmer but I suppose there’s still some valid information in there – still, we have plenty of more current titles on the topic. Time for this one to go! I love the terrible Cheers joke on the cover, especially considering that Cheers was cancelled three years before this book was published. Plus: Netscape! Windows 95! Dial-up! So much to love.

Holly: The Complete Idiot’s series are great, but like anything else they go out of date. Yes, there is probably some usefulness in the book, but if Submitter’s library has current titles on the topic, why are they keeping this?

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Amp Your MaySpace Page cover

Amp Your Myspace Page: Essential Tools for Giving Your Profile an Extreme Makeover
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Submitter: *Sigh* Well, where to begin? This sad thing was withdrawn from the Science and Technology section of the public library I work in in May of this year. Firstly, it’s horribly outdated and taking up good shelf space when we desperately need good, up-to-date books on IT. Secondly, its 292 pages are filled with information on how to add those annoying gifs and loud music to your profile page that everyone hated at the time. Finally, the stock photo of the smug-looking yuppie guy manages to be only slightly less cringey than the awkward use of the word “amp” in the title. It was never borrowed once during its sad six years in the public library system.

Holly: Was MySpace still a thing in 2008? Barely. This one was doomed before it was ever published. I can see having one or two brand new myspace books that emphasize its use in the music industry, but this book shows the MySpace of yesteryear. Useless. (And YES, those crazy background images and auto-play music files were seriously obnoxious!)