Well, I got an early start today in hopes of getting a lot done. I am in the process once again of backing things up on my computer and before I do that I like to clean house and get everything in the right place. It has been a while since I did an entire back up and it is amazing the amount of new information that I have added here. I suppose I am a busy girl.
My partner just expanded his computer by adding a couple of new hard drives and some memory. His computer is the ‘host’ on our network and it holds all the major stuff, including the shows and movies we watch so there is no way we can ever have too much storage space. What is nice is that it is all shared and I have access to everything there so that exchanging information and backing up things is very easy. It is just a matter of doing it.
As with anything else, maintenance is an important factor in keeping all these things organized. With all the changes we make each day, it is very easy to get sloppy and lose files. While Windows 7 has an excellent search feature, it is still better to have the files tidy and in place rather than to have to waste time to go searching for them. I have several temporary folders where I keep my ‘work in progress’ as I call it until projects are completed and then they are put in a more permanent location. There are also the transition folders where stuff is sitting while waiting for publication, which can take months. Those projects are in a kind of limbo and I frequently forget about them if I don’t stay on top of it.
It has been probably almost a year since I did a deep cleaning and organizing of my computer and it was a time to do so. After seeing Keith streamline everything on his side, I felt it was time I do the same. Not only on the shared drives, but also on my own personal drives. It just feels good to know where everything is and have it in its place.
A bonus from cleaning things up this way is seeing files and reference photos of things that I had forgotten that I had. I am always collecting pictures and photos of things that inspire projects. I have thousands and thousands of graphics and I must say I am really good at tagging everything before I put it away. I bring the pictures to a temporary folder and when the folder starts to get full, I tag and file the pictures in the proper places. Tagging is very time consuming – especially when you first decide to do it. A couple of years ago when I got Windows Vista, which offered a search box all throughout explorer, I decided to tag every photo in my computer. It took me a couple of months to go through them all and I spent a couple of hours each night renaming files so that they would be recognized properly when searching for them. It was a huge task but well worth it as now if I am looking for say ‘bears’ I type in that keyword and everything tagged ‘bears’ shows up. I even went so far as to sub categorize them as ‘grizzly’ or ‘polar’ so I can have a more specific search results. It is sweet.
Yes, folks. I have no life. :) It keeps me out of trouble anyway. And once it is done properly the first time, it is only a matter of keeping it up with all new added files. Once you are in the habit, it is not too difficult to stay with it.
There were some problems that Keith encountered with his new configuration of his computer. One of the new drives he purchased worked for a couple of hours and then yesterday decided to die an early death. Of course it was the one he had put the Operating System on and it was several hours of frustration trying to figure out if it was the connection, the slot or the drive that was faulty. He has six hard drives in there now and it isn’t as easy with so many factors being involved to pinpoint the problem. It is a matter of being patient and going through one change at a time to see where the offending part was.
So it was back to square one and he had to reinstall Windows and make arrangements to return the hardware. After watching this go on for a while it inspired me to really get my own house in order on my computer and I spent the majority of the day doing so. There was really no risk of us losing information because we do constantly back things up on other drives. The patterns are also backed up on disks, so even if the entire system is lost, we will still be OK. I learned early in my computing career to back important things up in several places.
So it is not a very exciting post today I am afraid. But doing this necessary maintenance is something that needs to be dealt with on a regular basis.
In my travels on my computer, I also came across some wonderful music that you may like to listen to. It is Vivaldi and I find it is great background music for writing or working or just listening. I found it on YouTube and I hope you enjoy it also.
I have also thoroughly enjoyed MsDebbie’s series called Tree Inspired Photography if you want to check out some beautiful eye candy. After all – trees are wood, aren’t they? There are some beautiful pictures there from areas where members live. It is nice to take out a few minutes and look at them.
I wish you all a wonderful Friday.
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