Help!Folks, I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but there is a whole new form of pack- rattery of which to beware. It's even more insidious that the usual kind because it takes up very little physical space. It's called e-hoarding, and apparently I have fallen victim to it. In fact, I'm nearly positive that it was e-hoarding, and not just old age and fickle fingers, that ailed Della the Demon Possessed Laptop.
I discovered it much the same way that one discovers any hoarding: I opened the door.
It all started Friday evening when the Man of the Place came home, plugged in new Dellie, and asked an innocent question:
Do you want me to save things from your old computer onto the new one?
Why, yes I did.
I had photos on there for one thing. I need my photos. And no, I didn't want to save them to a thumb drive at that moment. At that moment, I just wanted to get the new Dellie up and running. He accommodated me and began to save them.
It took 11 hours and 30 minutes.
I took this pictorial evidence about two hours into the project.
Apparently, it takes that long to save over 17,000 photographs.
Oh, how I wish I were exaggerating like usual, but I'm not. I really and truly have that many photos. (And I wonder why I go through one shiny red Kodak a year...)
Technology has made it entirely too easy to point, click, upload... and save.
If the photos were my only problem, it would be bad enough, but they weren't. I have three email accounts full of un-deleted old messages as well.
And then, I have the bookmarks.
I have both Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, you see, and between the two of them, I had roughly two million bookmarks. (OK, that part might be a tad exaggerated, but I still have hundreds... at least.) They're all organized of course. I have them secreted away in tidy little folders.
As I said in THIS POST last summer, however, that's not really organization.
It's storganization, and it's still hoarding.
I have folders for bill paying and folders for Bible study... folders for current events and folders for genealogical research...folders for teaching and folders for speaking... folders for decorating and folders for crafts. Folders for recipes...
I started those recipe folders before the days of Pinterest. (Another e-hoarding nightmare waiting to happen.). Most of them have never even been tried, like Dr. Oz's Cherry Pork Chops. I like cherries, and I like pork chops, but I'm not sure I would like them together, and I'm not even fond of Dr. Oz.
But there they were, storganized on the computer between my recipe for German chocolate cake and a misfiled youtube of Ronnie Milsap singing, "What a Difference You've Made In My Life".
The Practical One has a name for this. She calls it Crazy Pants. Folks, I stand here today in my crazy pants to make this full confession: Hi. I'm Debbie, and I'm an e-hoarder.
There. It felt good to get it all out in the open.
Since I spent last summer dealing with my physical storganization problem, I'm dubbing the summer of 2013 as the summer I face down cyber storganization and live to tell the tale.
I started purging yesterday, and like the true over achiever that I am, I
That's why I'm asking you to Talk Back this Tuesday.
Are you an e-hoarder, or do you have a firm grip on your computer storage?
Do you have a system that works for you?
And while we're at it...
I would love to know how you manage that
Pinterest disaster waiting to happen, too...