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Old 17th August 2006, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default Looking to put the entire (last edition) RCA and Sylvania books online

I have a T1 connection on a server that I own, which is largely empty and idle.

I have my own 'space' on that server.

I have the RCA tube book, RC-30,and the black Sylvania tube reference book, with additions. I think it was one of the last books made by sylvania,an it is highly sought after.

And a few other cross-reference books, that I can use to find crosses that most guys have never even heard of. (I think a total of 3-4 cross reference books) Older books only, stuff well past any current publication rights control or legal use.

I'd like to publish them in some format, as a public service for all the tube fanatics. I think the publishing rights on both these books are in real terms or realistic terms (for anyone attempting to make cash off of them), non existent.

I think that publishing either on the internet, is not likely to get me into any sort of legal trouble. Advice please! What kind of advice?

1: will I get into any kind of trouble?
2: what is the best, most compact method of transferring to digital files?
3: what is the format that will be of the most use?


I can publish the entire books, but I would like to start with only the relevant audio stuff. Meaning the entire RCA and large parts of the sylvania book.

Most of my desire for help at this point, is figuring out the best method of creating the files, ie scanning, and the size of them. Detail is important, for you to print off what you need, and have the text be good enough for future use. This creates LARGE files. The question is, how big?

We are talking about, oh...2000 pages, or so, all told. Imagine the size of the files. Huge. I'll have to act innocent when the bill for bandwidth use comes in.......
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Old 17th August 2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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Great idea. I've seen other similar books on the Net and it is possibly not a problem to host it. In addition the information is not being put up for profit.
Haven't you seen the entire Radiotron and many other tube texts on the Net ?
Almost all the books are in PDF format. However this also has a gradation for compression.
A PDF expert will have to comment on that. Scanning can take a long time. You might need help. Any forum members close to you ?

Look forward to seeing the texts.
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Old 17th August 2006, 02:23 PM   #3
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Hi Ken,
That's a huge undertaking!

You could simply require a password for access and stick it in a post in the tubes section. Letting it sit there open in the wild may not be in your best interest. A PDF per chapter may work for downloading.

Some of your own audio work should be included. Thoughts and musings.

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Old 17th August 2006, 02:26 PM   #4
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if you are going to scan it you might want to check with a University Library to see if they have a book scanner -- these correct the image for the curvature of the scanned materials, have very high memory capacity and will render the material as best for Acrobat.

it would be more interesting to capture the images and OCR them -- this would yield faster searches --
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Old 17th August 2006, 02:32 PM   #5
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I have the wherewithall to buy a cheap scanner, which will live it's short 90 day warranty life in the service of tubedom. maybe a hunner bux, max. Then instead of picking my nose cruising the forum, I can scan pages instead -and post them to the server.

We can password it via link to the forum here, but that won't last long. Thankfully, almost anyone on the planet who would download the files, would originate form this place.

The one issue though, is that many people are pack rats, and would download the files for no reason. Then they can also end up on ebay for $6.99 a disk

So yeah, passwords make sense. Except my innocence trick looses it's ability to hold water. I'd have to engage the services of our programmer/admin to get that done.

I'll go search for a cheap high quality scanner today. I picked two of the requisite three. I didn't ask for it to last long.
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Old 17th August 2006, 02:37 PM   #6
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Hi Ken,
You realise, you've just become distracted again.

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Old 17th August 2006, 02:38 PM   #7
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I don't know whether General Electric is gonna come after you -- some of the parts of RCA were scattered, the broadcasting portion went to GE, the music division went to Bertelsman circa 1986. I don't know what entity is the successor to the electronics business. Sylvania is now buried deep within the bowels of Siemens.

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Maybe you could ask Pete Millet. How he has done it...He has many tube books online already

http://www.pmillett.com/technical_books_online.htm

Pete's main site.
http://www.pmillett.com/index.html

He also has a link to a page that can tell you the copyright status
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~lesk/copyrenew.html
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Old 17th August 2006, 02:52 PM   #9
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Well..I'll commit to the first step. Gathering the files. Then we'll take it from there. See what's what. Reasess at that point.

Yes, I need more wimdmills to tilt at. This be one of them.

If any of you remember the film about Howard Huges with Leo in it, I need that situation, or at least desire it. An engineering team appraoches him with a problem they encounter. He quickly (a few seconds) runs it through his mind like a buzzsaw, give them a solution and avenues of alternate endeavor, and then goes back to his other current engineering issue. My kinda life. I can do it, I just need to get to the point where the money is there to do such a thing. I have never met an engineering problem or component of mystery in raw physics I have not managed to solve. It always leaves me flabbergasted and stymied by the stagnancy I see in others, in the face of the potential positive change in life, The universe, etc. My self created methods and ways might seem strange, but they work for me. And the old shall be created anew.

Chris: Take a look at the book, "The Secret Life of Plants". It will give you some very interesting avenues and insights.
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If any of you remember the film about Howard Huges with Leo in it, I need that situation, or at least desire it.
I will ship some milk bottles up to Canada --
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