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i was a bit mortified to find that my local library groups programming, linux, windows, general computer books with the religious nutbag conspiracies and ancient alien/Atlantis books...

it was quite amusing to see erich von daniken "chariot of the gods" setting right next to "the linux toolbox" and "windows 7 for seniors"....i wish i had my phone with me, i would've snapped a photo (the one day i didn't, if i remember when i go back to return the books, i will grab one then.)
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It's probably the only place they had space left.

But it is kinda insulting...deserves at least its own shelf if not a section.
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You aren't supposed to lean about Linux in a book. That kills the fun of it.
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It's probably the only place they had space left.

But it is kinda insulting...deserves at least its own shelf if not a section.
i went to go ask the librarian about it, but she bolted to the "employees only" lounge close to it, when our eyes locked and she seen what section i was in, not sure what she thought i was going to ask, maybe thought i was one of "those people"...if it been a linux fanatic or a "ancient alien" believer...hard to tell anymore now days

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You aren't supposed to lean about Linux in a book. That kills the fun of it.
i was actually looking for a book on oracle's java (as i'm a complete java noob when it comes to programming )
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i was actually looking for a book on oracle's java (as i'm a complete java noob when it comes to programming )
Ok, that's acceptable
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Ok, that's acceptable
sorta, as they only had 2 books about java programming, one was this mammoth that they wouldn't let me check out cause of it being a "reference" book, and the other one looked more like a "pamplet" and only thing i seen useful in it was "hello world" type documentation...i passed on it, i did check out a few erich von daniken books tho LOL, interesting titles and premise, figured i at least try to find out for myself why they would group these seemingly unrelated subjects together...
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Libraries usually do a terrible job with buying technology books, since their book buyers don't necessarily know what to look for. Many tech books have a very short shelf life, and are only good as a historical reference of the way things used to be. Others do have a long life, but libraries often either don't buy these or don't let you check them out.

As for the strange shelving, I seem to recall that having something to do with the Dewey Decimal System. I haven't visited a public library in.... I don't even know how many years. But I do recall the computer books being not too far from the religion and conspiracy stuff.
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Libraries usually do a terrible job with buying technology books, since their book buyers don't necessarily know what to look for. Many tech books have a very short shelf life, and are only good as a historical reference of the way things used to be. Others do have a long life, but libraries often either don't buy these or don't let you check them out.

As for the strange shelving, I seem to recall that having something to do with the Dewey Decimal System. I haven't visited a public library in.... I don't even know how many years. But I do recall the computer books being not too far from the religion and conspiracy stuff.
I just thought it to be weird, they weren't just close to each other, but mixed in with each other

on the same shelf, there was the linux toolbox, ubuntu for beginners, windows 7, vista, xp for seniors,other windows/macosx/linux books, with the daniken books, other atlantis/ancient alien books, and christianity books (one called "how to believe in god"). the programming books were on the shelf below...

sounds like dewey and his system needs to upgrade to a 2.0
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You aren't supposed to lean about Linux in a book. That kills the fun of it.
some books are really good and extremely helpful a lot of books are total junk and useless...

i have ones like the "linux complete" by sybex, second addition which is a little old... but its fairly useless imo :/ but my linux+ book also by sybex is quite amazing
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Librarian: What is this Linux you speak of? Must be some nonsensical Alien
mumbo-jumbo.
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