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Re: RE: Rant

From: Don Granaman <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 21:03:21 -0800
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CDs have some advantages - expense, searchability, and storage space primarily, but...

  1. CDs are more difficult to read in bed, on a plane, waiting in the terminal, etc.
  2. Books are easier to read, require less equipment, and are more portable than a computer and a CD
  3. Try having six different CD manuals open to related sections spread out in front of you - reading them while you work against the database.
  4. An open book shows two full pages of information. An open PDF about half a page.
  5. I could usually grab a manual and flip through it to the relevant info about 10x faster than a computer search - and with a lot less extraneous (click/point/scroll/type) activity.
  6. Highlighters, margin notes, and sticky-note bookmarks don't work at all with CDs

I miss hardcopy manuals!

Don Granaman
[certifiable OraSaurus]

RE: RE: RantNot me. I LOVE the cds. I copy them onto my hard drive and use the pdf versions..... they are SEARCHABLE.

I can find things much more quickly in the pdf's than paper.

Oracle is the only product that I feel this way about ...... probably because they have more documentation than the library of congress!

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Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 3:54 PM
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I can see why they stopped distributing them though, it must have been costly.

It doesn't remove the fact that it would be handy to have paper copies of the manuals. It's hard to put yellow sticknote tabs on a CD.

Patrice Boivin
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