Dollhouse, checkpoints and sales

How do these all relate? Only in that none of them deserves a full post, I’m not inspired to start the next C&I essay just yet (or my next print-magazine column), I’m really not inspired to flesh out the PoD workshop proposal…so it’s another random musings post.

UPDATE: Portion of post, and two comments, removed; I don’t need the hassle.


Didn’t do it for us. [Remainder of commentary removed. Life is too short.]


Since I don’t do video editing (or download videos) and not a whole lot of photo work anyway, the 250GB drive on my main computer (the cheapo Gateway notebook) has way more than enough space–heck, I’d never come close to filling the 80GB drive on my 5-year-old XP system. It’s OK by me that Gateway partitioned off 11GB or so as a recovery drive (E:), and I’ve become inured to the 10s of gigabytes that Vista and the various programs require.

But I did note that the drive was down to something like 139GB free out of 221GB–still at least twice as much room as I’m likely to need, but still…I figure I’ve got less than 15GB of stuff, almost all of that MP3 versions of my music collection.

So, since I use the McAfee Security Center, which includes disk maintenance tools, I thought I’d run the QuickClean process, which checks for and lets you delete various temporary and unneeded files–including, notably, System Restore Points. I probably run this two or three times a year…

And now I have 173GB free. Why? Oh, a gigabyte or so of cached files, a few registry entries (no real space, but worth cleaning up periodically), perhaps a hundred megabytes or so of various temporary files and internet cruft…and 31+GB of system restore points!

Since it’s been weeks since I’ve made any system change that could require a restore, this seems safe enough. I’m a little surprised that it was this much space–I don’t really do all that many things that should set restore checkpoints. It might be friendlier of Vista to provide a rolloff point, so maybe only the 10 most recent restore points are saved…but, I guess, hard disk space is now so cheap and plentiful that it’s not necessary.

How much space is used by system restore checkpoints on your system? Do you care?


A brief update on sales of The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 and other books may be in order.

For February, so far, three copies of Liblog (all Lulu, none since 2/12); two of Academic Library Blogs (both CreateSpace/Amazon); one of Public Library Blogs (CreateSpace/Amazon); one of Balanced Libraries (CreateSpace/Amazon).

One commenter asked whether I’d sent out review copies of Liblog Landscape. I haven’t yet; it’s an expensive and slow process, frankly, and experience with First Have Something to Say (lots of review copies, a grand total of one print review) isn’t encouraging.

Why do I mention this? Not as a plea for you to go buy these things–but as a checkpoint in desires to do further research. If I was doing a new (single) study to update the two library blog projects, I’d do it every differently–fewer blogs, more analysis, and probably a questionnaire to as many blog “owners” as I could locate to get “the other side”–known readership figures, success stories, etc. I might also do something similar if I continued the Liblog project (which is nearer & dearer to my heart).

But either of those would involve a lot of work and inherently produce book-length results. It’s not just the oddity of spending that much time for a possible few dozen book sales, it’s the fact that the results are only reaching a few dozen people or libraries–which hardly makes it worthwhile. That’s not a plea; it’s simply reality. I’m good at ignoring reality, but maybe not that good. Sponsorship might solve some of these problems, but that would imply the existence of sponsorship.

[And yes, that is also one reason I have yet to move forward with a possible “How to do short-run books good for your library and community” workshop: It’s another effort-vs-results quandary. A different one, to be sure.]

No common thread

Not much ties these together. Such is life, sometimes.

Secret bonus for people who read this far: While Balanced Libraries isn’t a big success (it has yet to reach 300 copies), it’s been reasonably well received and reviewed. If I conclude that it really is silly to continue any of the blog tracking, I’ve been toying with doing a second edition–one that would incorporate Library 2.0 and “Library 2.0” as a standalone (but indexed) section, take some new approaches elsewhere, and update the whole thing. Comments welcome–even if (particularly if?) they amount to “Don’t waste your time.” I’m not going to make any decisions all that rapidly…

4 Responses to “Dollhouse, checkpoints and sales”

  1. walt says:

    [Two comments–one inbound, my response–deleted. Life is too short.]

  2. John Miedema says:

    Hi Walt, as you know, I enjoyed reading “Balanced Libraries”. It offered a coherent perspective on the lively debate of L2.0. But hasn’t that debate cooled off? An update might not make a tempting purchase at upwards of $40 CAD. Just my two cents.

  3. walt says:

    John: That’s a valuable $0.02.

    The debate’s cooled off–but C&I 6:2 (the special issue) still gets downloaded more than any other issue, except for the first two weeks of a new issue. But I’m guessing much of that is for LIS courses–and that the LIS people wouldn’t assign the book. So…I dunno.

    I’m thinking of four possible projects, roughly equal in time requirements (I think), and in each case trying to balance effort, value add, impact and remuneration. Not easy. (Of course, depending on how things go with our possible move, it may be months before I decide on any of them–but that leaves more time to make a semi-intelligent decision.)

  4. Steven Kaye says:

    I’ve toyed with doing a corporate librarian-specific version of Libworld, but honestly the lack of response has left me less than thrilled at pursuing the project. So for what it’s worth, it’s not just you.