So, if any of you are like me (and seeing as how we all hang out here there is a REALLY good chance of that,) chances are you have some eBooks that would help out if the S were to hit the F, if you know what I'm saying. I'd also venture so far as to say that I have some stuff you don't, and you probably have thing's I do not (aside from what Laylow has graciously shared with us
I think I have figured out a way for all of us to maximize the amount of information we have available...
What I am proposing is a Migratory Box of Really Good Knowledge, or MBRGK. It's a working title, so I'm open to suggestions...
Here's how it will work:
1. I'll secure a box, and in this box I will place a USB thumbdrive congaing all my survival/preparedness/tinfoilhatnuttery documents that may be of use some day.
2. I will mail this box to someone who has PM'd me asking to be put on the list to receive (and donate to) the box.
3. The individual will receive this box, and will have two weeks with which they can copy all my stuff to their computer before mailing this box to the next person.
- Each person who receives the box must place a USB thumbdrive in the box with any documents they wish to share. This way the second person to receive the box will have two drives, from two different people, hopefully congaing two different sets of information. When this person mails the box off, there will be three drives in it.
-Please create your thumbdrive before copying everything that is in the box in to your collection. Duplication of data will just slow everyone down. With that said, I realize there is probably going to be overlap between everyones collections, but we should try to minimize it. If you see that someone already has a group of files that you have, please remove them from your drive.
-Originally, I was going to propose the mailing of a hard drive, but they are very fragile and probably wouldn't last long. If computer hardware dealers have issues with brand new drives showing up to customers dead, then I don't think our chances are very good. The box would also have to be larger, adding to shipping costs.
-Thumbdrives are cheap, and you only need to acquire one that is big enough to hold your data.
-Should the box make it back to me because no one else is on the list, it will go around for a second time, in the same order, so that the first people can retrieve their drives as well as copy all the files from the people that came after them. They will then mail the box to the next person, etc, until it gets to the last person on the list, where they can then remove their drive and the box is then officially retired.
I realize privacy is a big thing here. What I propose is that if you want in on this, PM me your mailing address. The first person to message me gets the box first. When I send the box to them I will also PM them with the mailing info of the next person on the list, and I will PM the person that is next to be aware that the box should be arriving no later than 3 weeks from now. Once the box has shipped from that first person, I will notify the next person that the box is now enroute and provide them the address of the person to send it to when they are done with it. I will then notify the next person on the list that the box should be arriving within three weeks. Continue until no one is left, and the box returns to me.
Wow, that sounds overly complicated. What it boils down to is this: Only I will have a list of forum names and mailing addresses. I will only be providing one mailing address to each person, exactly as it is given to me, with no forum name attached. If you do not feel comfortable with me being the central hub for this, then perhaps NineseveN will take over, as I think most everyone would be alright with that.
You shouldn't have any problem with viruses infecting you computer, I assume most people are running a competent anti-virus program. For those of you that aren't I recommend the following free anti-virus programs to install on your computer:http://www.avast.comhttp://free.avg.com
Also, do not run any programs on the drives. The drives should only contain .pdf, .txt, and .doc documents. .jpg, .gif, .png, and .bmp images should also be expected. .zip files and other archives will probably end up on there too, be mindful they don't contain harmful programs.
I don't mean to scare anyone but you all know how easy it is for virii to spread. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, however, and I think we'll be alright so long as you have Norton, AVG, Avast, or some other anti virus program installed. Or just run Linux like the cool kids and don't worry about these things :-p
So, there you have it, that is my proposal. Let me know what you think and hopefully we can move forward from here and get the knowledge flowin'.