With great sorrow

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed May 20 17:59:56 CDT 2009


On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 6:44 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
>> if it hasn't been used in a year, get rid
>
> GF said that.  I handed her the fire extinguisher.
> She's gone.  The junk is still here.

I have books on the shelf that I haven't read in two years - OTOH,
just this week I've been re-reading a science fiction series that I
know I first bought more than 15 years ago.

I can understand the "1 year, 2 year..." rule in principle, but I
would never pick a hard date for anything for myself and say "this
needs to go" merely because of age.

I'm much more likely to thin based on what's interesting than when it
was last powered on.  I go in bursts on things. I also flit and
dabble.  Several times a year, I finish projects that I started more
than 5 years ago.  So far, the longest time between start and finish
is somewhere around 22 years (porting "Zork I" to the PET).  I do
finish old projects, just not fast enough to please some people.

-ethan



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