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misc musings, mostly on scanning

I mis-posted a voice post earlier... It's a funny story and is now fixed, so please go listen if you need a laugh.

I have eaten healthy today minus one handful of Whoppers. Not too bad.

I am on my way to having a bunch of books scanned: almost done with book #2 and am just gonna keep going... So far I've done about 1,200 pages. My hands are extremely sore; but such is my life. If I can keep this up faithfully through Saturday or so, I should be in great shape for the semester minus whatever research papers I need materials for. I have time to do that stuff...

This poor scanner! I should have kept a log of how many pages it scanned for me last semester..--probably close to 10,000! I'm keeping track this time. How many pages can the OpticBook reasonably expect to scan before it conks out? I had my Reading Edge scanning for some 12 years, and it was serviced only once in the early years. I have no idea how many thousands of pages I logged on that machine--maybe millions! I certainly know what books and articles I've scanned over the years; but that doesn't count the times I started again due to lost saves, all the mail I read, things I didn't save, etc.

Just pondering as the scanner scans...


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Jan. 4th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
I've had my scanner and Kurzweil for about a year and a half, and Kurzweili actually keeps track of the number of pages recognized. In that year and a half I've scanned about 19,000 pages. Much of this year was taken up with PDP and not a lot of textbook reading or research, so what I scanned this year is much, much less than in previous years when I had another computer and Kurzweil on loan. I don't think you have to worry about OpenBook konking out, since it's software, but the scanner, maybe. Mine seems to be going strong. I hope yours lasts a long, long time to come!
Jan. 4th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Whoops, misread OpticBook as OpenBook ...
Jan. 4th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
That's great about all the things you're getting done...you must be so proud of yourself! I certainly am!:)
Jan. 4th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
I've been tallying the amount of scanning I did on the Reading Edge... I can't imagine the OpticBook would be extremely inferior, although I'll probably be lucky to get this much mileage out of it... I've been sorty of tallying as I've been scanning new stuff. Conservatively, I'm estimating that I've scanned at least 120,000 pages on the Reading Edge. It's a lot slower than the OpticBook, and there is a lot less reading in undergrad. I wish FineReader Pro kept track of the scanned pages like that...
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