Thursday Thoughts: Beware of the Digital Horde

When I purchased my laptop 3 years ago, I always had grand plans to keep things neat and organized. No need to clutter the desktop, right? Get rid of unneeded files in a timely fashion. Make easily identified folders—and folders within folders (which of course have folders inside). Label files with clear and concise names. Delete any unnecessary emails and create folders (more folders?) with different categories for easy access.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Let’s start with the desktop. I’m proud to say this is relatively bare. I do have a folder that is identical to another with some of the same files, but I think that was a duplicate I had made months ago for reasons I do not recall. Why is it still there? Because it’s a pain to go in and cross-reference to see if there are later versions of the files which would allow me permission to get rid of them. So the folder sits.

I’m paranoid that I’ll accidentally erase something I’ll need later, even though I’m pretty sure I’m done with it, so I create “To Delete” folders (within folders, of course) which act as a junk-drawer-catch-all-just-in-case-oops folder. Yes, I have needed the occasional file from one of those.

As a writer, I have several versions of my work, from the planning and outlining, to the first/second/third drafts, and onto the editing/beta versions. It’s difficult to click delete on those, so they get relegated to—Yeah. That folder.

When you download a file and then move it to the appropriate folder, the original stays in the downloads. Then you have to go back and make sure that you have a copy of what you need or if what you downloaded was actually necessary. That’s a pain.

On to the emails. When I started fresh with a new account, I told myself to keep it sparse and uncluttered. Yeah, right . . .

Now to WordPress. I am certain that all you WordPressers can relate when I say: Media folder. Every little gif, jpeg, mpeg, png you use is there and if you delete it, your past posts are affected. What to do? Yeah, you guessed it—leave it be. I still have 13 gigs worth of gifs I can use, although I may have a solution to this. I’ll keep you posted.

So, is this complaining the impetus to rectify the e-horde?

Ha! (Maybe).

-Leon


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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