Rebecca Blood wrote an insightful weblog post regarding computer storage and memory. She points out that soon, searching for information on your own computer will be more important than a search online.
With hard drive sizes getting Really Really Large and only increasing, and the sheer amount of stuff one can have, it’s really tempting to just be a packrat. I have emails on my computer from its first bootup, which was in 2001. I also have text files and some graphics that are from 1993, and I know I have floppy disks somewhere with stuff from the Dark Ages.
Recently I was talking with a co-worker on this, and she wondered why I would ever need an email from 2001. Chances are I won’t, but there’s also no impetus for me to get rid of anything; I’m using just over half of my 80GB drive (and about half of the used space is my music collection.) Thus, I’m a packrat. Are you?
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