Roger deWardt Lane submitted these thoughts inspired by David levy's lament in his review of NeoCollect.com about "bitrot", that creeping disease that over time makes web sites inaccessible or unusable. -Editor David made a valid comment, "on how long will the on-line data stay up". So I tried something. Noting that he had links to the 'Public' access of three items. I selected the middle link - http://www.neocollect.com/coll/90/.
Next I clicked on the link up came the page. I right clicked on my Vista PC and selected convert to Acrobat PDF. My program of Adobe Acrobat 7, converted the pages. At the end, I saw a link to Page 2, which I clicked on. My program continued to convert them to PDF. I had saved the first file to Documents/Temp/NeoCollect - Mughal Coins.pdf. When I finished the second file I again saved it.
Viewing the 14 pages in PDF, in the saved file on my hard drive - they seem to be fine. If I were David, this procedure could be followed with all of his collection files on NeoCollect, since he is the copyright owner of the data (except the ads, etc. for which he may need to get permission.
Then as a final step to retaining the information and photos on paper, he could upload the files to www.lulu.com and print one copy of the book (his collection) for a reasonable fee.
You can see the similarity to the many, many years of work I did on my own collection, burning a CD, posting it free on the Internet (now removed) printing the book thru Lulu, and then giving it to Google books with the hope they will keep it up for a long time, plus I have it on paper.
NeoCollect does plan to explore adding a feature making it easy to create just such hardcopy books of the online material. It'll sure save a lot of clicking! -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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