More on manuals plus rescue
tothwolf at concentric.net
Wed Aug 19 19:30:24 CDT 2015
On Wed, 19 Aug 2015, William Donzelli wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Aug 2015, Jason Scott wrote:
>> That is a most interesting metric. I honestly hadn't considered that
>> issue. The key, I think, will be communication with them to understand
>> which manuals have sales going on, and which ones it would be
>> advantageous to get online because they have long dropped into
>> historical myths. Thank you for the advice. All of it.
> Yes, let the guys keep selling the higher demand documents - HP, Tek,
> Heathkit. Nearly all of those are super common anyway (and plus, you
> will run into problems posting Heath material). Focus on the weirder
> stuff - Krohn-Hite, Systron Donner, Clough-Brengle, Packard Instrument,
> Kay, and the like.
> In fact, due to your time constraints, I would not bother with the HP,
> Tek, or Heathkit manuals at all. They can wait for the next hoard. They
> are low value targets eating up your limited resources.
I strongly disagree, but I won't repeat my reasoning here since I already
wrote some of my reasons why in another reply.
As for Heathkit though... Danger, Will Robinson!
While I mentioned legal threats and false DMCA takedowns, I didn't name
any names, however since Heathkit was brought up, and I did quite a bit of
research a number of years ago regarding Heathkit manuals, I will name
Don Peterson, dba "Data Professionals" in Pleasanton, CA
http://www.d8apro.com/ has for quite a number of years been sending
questionable legal threats to anyone hosting Heathkit manuals (or selling
copies of Heathkit manuals on eBay). Despite his "Big Scary Letter", he
does not appear to actually hold the copyright to /most/ Heathkit manuals
(if he holds the copyright to any...more recent discussion seems to
indicate that he was only sold the right to reproduce a selection of
manuals). ...this of course hasn't stopped hobbyists, and large numbers of
Heathkit manuals are hosted outside of the US, but quite a number of
scanned manuals seem to have been (temporarily) lost thanks to his
I did just happen to notice this statement on http://www.d8apro.com/ so
perhaps this mess is finally coming to an end?
"Press Release April 2015 Data Professionals of Pleasanton California has
been acquired by Heath Company and will focus on supporting vintage kits
by providing parts, modification, and even 'Certified Pre-Owned' Heathkits
for sale. Please watch our site for future developments."
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