Simon Willison’s Weblog


Saturday, 20th April 2024

The blog post announcing the shutdown was done one day early. The idea was to take the opportunity of the new Pope being announced and Andy Rubin being replaced as head of Android, so that the [Google] Reader news may be drowned out. PR didn’t apparently realize that the kinds of people that care about the other two events (especially the Pope) are not the same kind of people that care about Reader, so it didn’t work.

Mihai Parparita # 9:55 pm

Tips on Adding JSON Output to Your CLI App (via) Kelly Brazil - also the author of jc, the neat CLI tool that converts the output of common Unix utilities such as dig into JSON - provides some useful do's and don'ts for adding JSON output as an option to a command-line tool.

Kelly recommends defaulting to arrays of flat objects - or newline-delimited objects - and suggests including an "unbuffer" option for streaming tools that discourages the OS from buffering output that is being sent through a pipe. # 9:43 pm

llm-gpt4all. New release of my LLM plugin which builds on Nomic's excellent gpt4all Python library. I've upgraded to their latest version which adds support for Llama 3 8B Instruct, so after a 4.4GB model download this works:

llm -m Meta-Llama-3-8B-Instruct "say hi in Spanish" # 5:58 pm