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Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: e-junk


Frank got a new computer and Sara is transferring over files and setting it up for him.


You want all this stuff transferred over Frank? There’s a ton of it!”


Yup. There’s probably some stuff in there duplicated or that I don’t need, or I have backed up on discs, but I’m not sure what is what.”


So you’re a pack rat, just digitally.”


Nothing wrong with digital pack rats, at least e-junk doesn’t collect dust.”


It’s certainly not great for the computer’s performance. And now we just transfer this junk from computer to computer, until 50 years from now we have folders called ‘old stuff’ instead of photo albums and boxes in the basement.”


That’s assuming that you don’t collect junk along with e-junk.”


It’s probably recursive. I’m sure Frank will have a box in the basement one day labeled ‘old files’ in which he’ll have a flash drive with a folder of pictures labeled ‘old boxes’ with pictures of all the boxes in his basement.”


Frank laughs. “I could definitely see me doing that. I’ll probably save this old laptop so that if I forgot to save or transfer something, I can still get it.”


There should be an expiration on that. Like how you’re supposed to keep tax stuff for seven years or whatever. If you don’t need a file off your computer for a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it.”


Not for me, I’m always remembering files I want from years ago, stories I have half-written, names and phone numbers I jotted down in a text file, logs from conversations that I saved to remember something.”


Organization is key! That’s why I only save the information I know I want to keep long term to one place. If it didn’t make it into that folder, it’s not important.”


Ha! Sometimes I don’t remember where I save things right after I save them.”


I’m the same way. I’ll save something to look at later, and totally forget about it. Or I’ll download a book or document that I want to read or look at, but don’t really want to save long term, but get distracted and never read it.”


That’s the beauty of the Internet. You can always find that info again!”


That’s true for the most part, except when you forget what it is that you are forgetting.”


Maybe you forgot that you remembered what it was that you’re forgetting, already looked it up or read it, and don’t remember that you’d saved it to look at later anyway.”


Woah. Now I’m just confused. Not all of us are as organized as you Tab, let’s leave my mess alone.”


I pity the people that have to sift through all these computers of deceased people. It’s probably a mess!”


Didn’t that just happen with Tolkien? They released a ‘new’ book right? And that was actually physical papers, not computers.”


I’m not sure what’s harder to compile after the fact, stacks of papers here and there, or a vast array of computer files.”


Tolkien released a new book? So it can be said this guy’s published books for 80 years? Craziness!”


I’m not that productive alive! Never mind from beyond the grave!”

May 14th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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