All the cool kids are using JSON instead of XML

My colleague Kurt Nordstrom mentioned a few days ago that there was this period of time when XML-based everything was the future. It was going to solve all our problems. Let’s use XML for everything!

Now, of course, we’ve all seen past the crazily naive idea that anything as mundane as the XML meta-format could make any real difference to anything, since it’s just a solution to the easy part of every task (syntax) and leaves the hard part to be done (semantics). No, we’re much more sophisticated than that now. Now we realise that JSON is the metaformat that will make everything suddenly work.

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Goodbye to (nearly) all my 1980s computer games

I mentioned last time that I was getting rid of all the 1980s computer games that, for some reason I still had: six Infocom text adventures on 5+1/4″ floppies for the Commodore 64, seven C64 Llamasoft games, two more batches of C64 games, another batch for the VIC-20, and finally two VIC-20 cartridges.

Now they’re all gone:

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Does anyone want my old Commodore 64 Infocom games?

As part of the ongoing clear-out, I am dumping all my old Commodore 64 and VIC-20 games (apart from the ones I wrote myself). Specifically, today, I am getting rid of six Infocom text adventures, which I have played and played and loved and loved: Zork, Zork II, Zork II, Deadline, Suspended and Starcross.

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Against the tiny possibility that they’re of some use to someone somewhere, I have put them up on eBay rather than just shoving them in the recycling.

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Throwing out the sushi magazines (it’s not what it sounds like)

More junk on the way out of my life …

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I understand why I might have had four issues of Computers in Libraries magazine — after all, I very much like both computers and libraries.

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A response from Joining Up Your Information; and my reply

Four days ago, I got a letter about Gloucestershire NHS’s Joining Up Your Information scheme, which I was not really happy about.

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I sent them a query about some questionable wording. And yesterday, I got this response:
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Turn your old electronics boxes inside out

During my increasingly epic clear-out, I’ve come across lots of old electronics boxes like this one, because I inexplicably have the habit of keeping such boxes “just in case”.

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I was going to recycle them as cardboard, until I realised that I could turn them inside out and use them as storage units for small objects like USB cables and mains adaptors.

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Throwing out more stuff — a continuing saga

Not everyone will find this fascinating, but at the very least I want my friend Sarah the professional declutterer to know about it. Here’s what I took to the dump today:

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That box full of paper may not look like much, but I weighed it at 28.7 kg. A single sheet of regular 80 gsm A4 paper weighs 5 g, so that’s the equivalent of 5740 pages. Some of this is cardboard, so I didn’t actually dump 5000 pages here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 4000.

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