I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed and need your advice. My computer files are taking over my life and I want control back!
First, there are the files I keep for my emails. Along the left column are the mailboxes I’ve set up to store emails that maybe one day will be important to find again. I have mailboxes relating to crime information, private investigators, our local RWA chapter’s contest that I managed (two years ago and still the files are there), travel, restaurants, emails from special people I can’t bear to discard, groups related to writing, publishing houses that look of interest, and so many more I can’t begin to list. Mind you, these are just the mailboxes.
Then there is the full list of the emails that I have read but not filed or discarded. I refuse to admit to you how many there are for you’ll lose respect for me. Why do I still have them? Next comes the Trash. I never delete my Trash file for maybe just maybe I might have to go back and find something. It’s happened before.
Second, there are the files that are in my Documents folder. These are things I have written, such as my blog postings, that I want to keep. Yet, I haven’t quite figured out how to label them all so I have rapid access. For instance, how do you keep track of which version of your book you are working on? I have a naming system that seems to work pretty well. BUT, I back-up my files to the Mac Cloud, to a thumb drive and to an external hard disk. Yes, I am weird about it, but that’s another story.
So, with the back-ups a new problem arises. When I have “Time for a Change 5” as the version on my laptop and then back it up to the various sources I listed, if I make any additional changes to that file on my laptop without copying it to all the sources the same named file will be different depending on where I access it. Does this make sense?
Third, I use more than one computer. I have the Mac Airport in my house so the files can be accessed by any machine. Fine and good. Swell. Great idea. BUT, if I haven’t backed up the files to the Mac Cloud, I could open one machine and have an earlier version. Back to the previous point I just made.
Next, I could talk about passwords, but I fear of sounding too strident. I have a file of all my passwords for various groups, online banking, system administrator on each of the machines, and many more that always seem to be changing. Even Blogger and Facebook have forced me to create new ones. Then when you’re hacked, you start all over again. I keep this file on paper for I fear putting it on the computer.
Okay, I’ve sounded like Andy Rooney for too long. It’s 4:30 in the morning and I can’t find a particular file I need, hence the rant.
So, if you have solved this and are willing to share, I’m all ears. Waiting to hear from you.