In a perfect world I would spend my time between inventing great new devices and systems that inspire and revolutionize things and following up on hobbies like photography and movies. In the imperfect world that we live in I work in IT to pay the mortgage and food bill by creating and maintaining computer systems that make the world of business tick over.
My original training began with computers and physics back in the early 80’s at Canterbury University weaving a career that included pumping gas, frying at McDonald’s, driver education and finally a long spell in IT.
Like most parents of school aged children my life revolves around kids, school, work and kids. Our son is our life right now and we love him dearly but we yearn for our own space and time.
This blog is about things that interest me, things that inspire me and my particular slant on life. Drop by anytime and flick me a comment if you like. I have currently disabled comments on posts because I get no-end of spam but we can still be reach on the contact us page.
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If you want to convert a dictionary object to JSON you would use something like:
myJSON = json.dumps(myDict, indent=4, sort_keys=True)