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samtupy
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confusion about how to contribute to download files

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Hello. So I stumbled across this website because I found that there is something here that I have been looking for for probably a couple of months now. Understandably, I can't just go getting access to ftp servers to download files without contributing, and that's where I have a problem. Aside from the fact that I don't think I own anything anyone here would find useful, I am also visually impaired, and so we can forget about me scanning any DVD artwork here and now, because I would need a sighted person to help me do it, and assuming they made any errors, I'd upload it, find the upload deleted or whatever because of invalid following of the guidelines, and then I'd have to request their help again until it was done right, just not practical. So basically, I am just trying to access 6 isos, and if there is a way to do so, I would be more than happy to contribute in some way to get them. I *DO NOT* wish to be some sort of leach! However, I am at an utter loss of how to contribute. Honestly I don't even need FTP access, I'm just trying to figure out if there is anything I can do to just get access to a few files, each probably around 600mb according to the search. Sadly though the only thing I have is money. I have probably never purchased a computer disk containing software in my life, because while I could braille labels and such, it just doesn't make sense when I can just download stuff and always have it organised. Unfortunately what I want seems to have quite literally disappeared off the internet, so I don't really know what to do. Like I said, I don't want to be a leach and if possible would gladly contribute to get these few files, but I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how? The only thing I can think of is a $100+ donation, but it seems vehemently clear that money is not accepted as a way to get files. Again, I don't even necessarily need FTP access, just links to 6 files. If anyone has any more unique ways I may be able to contribute to get them, I'd be very obliged. If this just comes off as some annoying person wanting to take advantage of the website, I really apologize as this is not my intention. I just have a project I am working on, and it involves a device running an old operating system, one where the development environment seems to have completely vanished from the net aside from this website, and I'm getting a wee bit desperate here. If anyone can think of a solution to my problem I'd really appreciate it. Thank you for considering this post, and I apologize if I've accidentally broken some guideline or put this in the wrong place or have done anything else wrong in communicating this!

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Re: confusion about how to contribute to download files

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We would like to help you in any way we can to get access. Since we know your situation we can take that into account when processing any uploads.

Out of interest, which files is it that you're after?

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Re: confusion about how to contribute to download files

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Hi! The files I'm trying to get are just the ones in this search, all of the disks of windows CE .net 5.0. https://www.betaarchive.com/database/se ... CE.NET+5.0 So if I should upload, what sort of uploads would be accepted from me? If I have a file, I almost certainly got it from the internet and not from physical media. I believe the only disks I own are ones that came with hardware devices, which according to the guidelines are probably not accepted. I may have a floppy from an old braille note taking device which may or may not be interesting because I'm not sure if that can easily be found online anymore, but again it's for a hardware device that most people are never going to own and so is probably not useful. I guess I just don't really know where to look, I'm pretty isolated and couldn't even tell you the newest hot game release if it came out because likely no one would tell me, and as such have never gone into a store to purchase games on disc, never had to actually purchase an OS on disc, ETC I imagine the picture is pretty clear. What sorts of things could I possibly contribute in this case?

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Re: confusion about how to contribute to download files

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> Aside from the fact that I don't think I own anything anyone here would find useful

If it is a CD or DVD that has some sort of software on it, it WILL be useful. No matter if it's a Windows CD, a copy of "Sponge Bob vs. Street Fighter Turbo Ultra", or "An Illustraded Guide to the Subway Tunnels of Paris"... As long as it's original software and not shovelware/bundleware it is perfectly acceptable.

Just take a quick look in your old storage boxes or ask some friends or colleagues for stuff they're about to throw out. Fleamarkets are also often useful, although I doubt there are an awful lot of them these days due to that whole virus situation...
I upload stuff to archive.org from time to time. See here for everything that doesn't fit BA

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Re: confusion about how to contribute to download files

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samtupy, I have sent you a PM. You can probably read it but not reply. Let me know here if you got it, and then you should have 3 posts and will be able to reply to the PM if needed.

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Re: confusion about how to contribute to download files

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Hello. Thank you, I will check and reply to that once this post is accepted. Thank you @4 for the clarification.

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