Actually I wanted to write this in Dutch, then again probably it is a universal nerd topic.
I have been collecting (computer) magazines somewhere starting 1980. I think I have about nn meters of computer magazines now at home (never measured exactly: they are everywhere). Today it dawned me that it was too much. I have filled now 3 tall "billy’s" (with exta top) vertically with magz (3 columns per billy). In general people like me probably are collecting old computer mags starting around 1960.
The funny thing about collecting or just keeping those old computer magazines is that the complete pc home computing history falls down on you while randomly reading this stuff. From old Computer+Video Games, Spectrum Magazines, WordPerfect magazines but also newer Dr. Bobbs, Java magazines, PHP magazines, .NET magazines and so on and so on and so on. From reviews on pyjamara to the introduction of the XT to the description of the soundblaster. Everything is in there.
Another thing that always strikes me when I visit "people like me" is that when I come to their sanctuary that I always find the same pattern: dozens of these old computer magazines stashed in closets. So I think there must a lot of people like me around who have the same error: they can’t split from them.
So when I started today I should actually have started grouping them but soon I was lost in just reading them. I can not even get it over my heart to even sell one of them since I read about all these things that have kept us busy since 1980. Ancient reviews of computer games, pretty much any since the dawn of the TI 99 4/A. All the games during the 80’s an 90’s. Thousands. Tips on computer usage ranging really any subject. Question and Answer parts on anything that has kept us busy.
And yet… I have to split from them. I never ever look in them again. They just sit there as a sort of external memory or something to reference but which I will never actually reference.
But I get a bleeding heart from having to part from them.
So let’s first see if they at all bring any value on the market. I will just type "old magazines" in Google. I have a lot of dutch links between them because I don’t think I will ship any overseas.
I know that some money can be earned by cutting out specific advertisements out of them and selling these as loose items on e-bay, however that also feels bad. Cutting them. So let’s first do some research.
Another approach could be of course that I "do" something with it. Yet to think of what. Maybe a little computer magazine museum partly online partly offline.
But while I am writing this and maybe that was unconsciously the meaning, I am starting to think… there is a certain niche group of people like me. A sort of social group who probably all have the same "problem". So maybe it would be an idea to create a social network for this just like I created http://farmvillechicken.com : groups, forums, chat, selling and buying place, blogs, etc… would be and idea.
Just some random links while googling:
If you are working in the IT: just take a look at this : http://edward.de.leau.net/images/ibm_dm_11_60.jpg to get a feeling of what I mean.