A bit of digital decluttering

Won’t be much of a blog post today, I’m afraid. I’ve got the cough and sore throat our son had earlier. If there were an awards ceremony for illnesses, I’d be nominated in the “Most likely to produce a lung” category.

(On the plus side, my son is feeling a lot better.)

Another goal of mine (which I might write about tomorrow if I’m still alive) is to de-clutter. Not just my house, but my life in general (including my digital life). Well, today I took some very small steps towards achieving that goal—and got a big reward for my effort.

For the past year or so I’ve had a stack of floppy discs cluttering up my desk. (I’ve included the Wikipedia link for those who’ve never heard of this ancient technology.) I haven’t used floppy discs in years, but I didn’t want to throw any of them out in case they had important stuff on them.

Today I not only copied their contents to my hard drive (thanks to the USB floppy drive I borrowed from work), but also cut them into pieces so they can never be used again. (If anyone from ASIO is reading this, don’t bother raiding our garbage bin and piecing them back together. It really isn’t worth it.)

And what did I find? Well, amongst the old uni assignments and job applications (my wife’s, not mine), I found some humour columns I’d started but never managed to finish. And while they’re a long way from being completed (or even funny in some cases), it’s nice to have them back. I’m sure I can use them some time.

Now on a roll, I pulled the memory cards out of our old Nokia phones and copied everything to my computer. No documents this time, but something even more valuable: photos and videos of our son when we only a few months old. The quality isn’t great, but they’re still great to watch. (I now have my video camera recharging so I can take more footage of him—it’s been way too long.)

So despite feeling like I’ve swallowed sandpaper, it’s been a great day.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jen January 8, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Were they 3.5inch or 5.25? 🙂

    • Bill Harper January 8, 2010, 11:05 pm

      They were 3.5″, which made cutting them into pieces a lot harder. Can you even get 5.25″ disk drives these days?


  • Jen January 9, 2010, 12:40 pm

    I doubt it. I would have been even more impressed it they were 5.25s tho

    • Bill Harper January 10, 2010, 9:10 pm

      No impressive would have been to find the 8-inch discs that came before them. Mind you, some people will scratch their heads and say, “He used floppy discs? Why? Couldn’t he afford a USB key?”


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