Monthly Archives: April 2016

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.


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.


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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My reservation about Joining Up Your Information

This morning I found this mailing in our hallway:


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