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Oct. 16th, 2010

01:29 am - Magazine subscriptions

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From:rplackett
Date:October 18th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Is it worth identifying the effective shelflife of the cover disks you already have and culling them after that period?

In my experience old disks with free stuff on are generally unusable after a while due to operating system incompatibility that built up. Eg anything that references win2k can probably be safely ditched.

However this is a wishy washy justification for not throwing all the damn things away in one go and freeing up more space ;-]

Have you actually used any program off the cover disks at all recently? If not i would say bin the lot and comfort yourself keeping an eye out for interesting new things to install in the NEW issues of the magazines.

After all Magazines arn't really designed to be hoarded, there is probably some bugger paid to do that in the publishing house. They are there as a temporary and disposable way of imparting recent information in a pleasant and entertaining way. Forget the old issues and preferably bin them things have probably move on anyway and most of it will be repeated in the later issues/online because journalists are lazy.

I really like magazines as objects but old ones become terrible clutter very quickly and i heartily recommend binning old ones when the glossy fresh new issues arrives :]. (mmmmm smells of new)

I gave up on loads of subscriptions a while back absolutely because of this problem, I hate throwing stuff away especially if i haven't gotten round to consuming it yet, but after a while its just not worth trying to catch up, life is just too short and frankly to full of paper anyway. Now all i have is a sub to private eye (cos i'm in france and i cant pick it up at the station any more and anyway it was a Xmas prezzie) and even though its a biweekly comic i still find new ones arriving before i have finished the old ones... I tried leaving old ones round the office for other UKrs to have but they were all too polite so now i just bin them if they are not the latest issue and sod it, i'm sure there wont be that much new in rotten boroughs that i wont be scandalized about next week as well.

Sorry this post rather got away from me.

In summary - bin the lot if you can bear it and enjoy the new ones when they arrive. As they arrive ditch their predecessor and dont get bogged down trying to read and store everyhting if you dont have the time.
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 24th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning to get rid of all the disks, either via Freecycle or just to the bin. The only reason I haven't done it already is that I have some other old software to sort out, and it's easier to set one day aside for Freecycle collections.

As for the magazines, this is a problem I've been struggling with for a while, but everyone else unanimously agrees with your advice :)
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