The Software Organizing Project part 6

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I didn’t get to do anything in the project itself but yet I do have an update. During the time off I did find some of my old CD wallets. One someone got me from a bank here in Connecticut, one is a hard case my dad gave me, and the third I bought myself. It’s a zipper case that can hold a lot of CDs or DVDs or CD-Roms. This one I actually had some disks in, which means more to go through. I thought all that was in there were some media storage, but I took a look inside to see exactly what I have and…

…I found my copy of Sonic Heroes! Turns out they were in there the whole time. I knew I still had them! And that’s not all I found in there.

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The Software Organizing Project part 3

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This is more of a quick update than a full article. I’m still going through my old software and seeing what works on the Vista computer…which is sadly not a lot. I think the purge list would be higher if I didn’t have the XP laptop given how many of the games I’ve tried will not run on the Vista computer, which means even if I upgrade to 8 or 10 at some point they won’t run on those either without some emulator or “virtual machine”, a way to run old operating systems like it was an emulator or something to that effect.

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The Software Organizing Project part 2

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This is turning out to be a more involved project that anticipated and at this point I’m only doing it to myself. I think it’s because unlike the comic organizing mega-project I can go through and get this finished without dedicating my life to it and move on to something new. It may also be one of those projects that’s a long time coming. Even doing this a few pieces of software are still missing, although I did find a few productivity and art programs. Still don’t know what happened to Sonic Heroes.

If you recall from last week I was trying to figure out how to store my software. I just realized as I was writing this sentence that I have more than two categories. I have the games, the drivers, the art software, the productivity software, and a few “interactive cybercomics”, which means I have to figure out what to do with all of that. Right now though I’m focusing on the games. Here’s my current progress.

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The Software Organizing Project part 1

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It’s kind of annoying when a project you think can be done in a few hours isn’t even complete in a full day. And yet that’s what happened with this week’s project.

I have two computers, the old Vista desktop I bought when I still had a decent paying job and the older XP laptop I received as a gift. I have plenty of software that was made for Windows XP and below, the last decent operating system for backwards-compatibility all the way back to the old DOS (short for disk operating system, which is really the heart of the computer; even today Windows is just an interface really). So even if I got something new I wouldn’t miss Vista if I can get 7 or 8 (until Microsoft and the various browsers stop supporting them as well) but I would miss XP. As it turns out I have a lot of Windows 95 software.

This week’s project was to get all of my software together and organize it for easy locating. I have a lot of games and some productivity software, and while much of it can run on Vista some of it can’t. My goal was to separate that, see what I might want to get rid of, and better organize the rest between my two computers. I was partly successful.

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Computers Offline

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Well here’s a snag I wasn’t expecting to hit during my virtual clutter projects. My desktop won’t turn on and my laptop either needs a new hard drive or is having trouble connecting to the one I have. I have a friend who can help me with these problems and he is currently working on the main computer. The laptop I use in the art corner can wait a bit. This means I’m using my dad’s computer to write this article.

I’m going to try to get to my other clutter, but I may not be able to write articles on it until at least one of my computers (hopefully both, since the laptop is part of my art corner) is active again since I can’t use my dad’s computer at any time. He lets me use it when he isn’t using it but I need my set-up back in action. I’ll keep you as informed as I can.

Quick Report: Back-Up Clean-Up

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I took the week off to get a few things done, although I think I rested more than I actually worked. Next week is going to be really loaded, so I’ll be taking that week away as well. But since I already missed a week in clutter maintenance I opted to fit the project in this week. It was all about clearing space on my back-up hard drive, and I did most of that this week. I went through and deleted files I no longer need, and made sure it was all organized in the same folders I use currently in my computer. There are things on the back-up drive that I don’t have on the main computer for whatever reason but I still wanted it and thus it stayed. And I also added stuff to the back-up drive that I still want but hadn’t put up there yet.

I’m not quite done though. My video files are a mess and I have to compare them not only with my computer but my project drive for video work. I need to see what I have and what I don’t and make the proper adjustments. I don’t know if I’ll get to it next week because there’s so much going on so don’t be surprised if there’s no post next week, but I’m going to try because this bit of virtual clutter clearing is not the last of it. I also have more physical clutter to go through but this needs to get done if I’m going to get projects done and save my computer data if something happens to my machine. I’ll keep you posted, and we will get to the larger physical projects and reviews in due time.

Quick Report: Prepping The Back-Up Drive

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If you’re smart you have a back-up drive for your computer. That way if you lose anything you can reclaim it. Of course it only works if you actually back stuff up. Some people actually use an off-line storage solution, referred to as the “cloud”. Whichever way you do it there comes a point when you need to go to the back-up drive and delete a few things you don’t want anymore. You have to be careful of course because if you lose something on that you’re kind of in trouble.

This is my next virtual clutter project. In addition to files I don’t need anymore (and I did manage to cut some of those out) you have back-ups based on older file layouts on my computer and newer ones, leading to a few multiple files. I was going to start that this week as well but a surprise family event I ended up not making anyway means I’m going to have to wait on that. By the time I’m done I should have all my back-ups organized so I have room to back-up my current files. Then if I lose something on the computer I know where to find it. So we’ll have to continue that next week, but at least I got a start on it.

Quick Project: This Is Getting Dot Old

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When I re-installed Windows into my computer it left a huge archive of files from my old computer as “windows.old”. It takes up a lot of space so I decided to knock a bit of that out this week. Yes, more virtual clutter, but it’s been a hot, humid week here in Connecticut and working in my attic was not something I was really willing to do. It kind of affected my whole week, including another project I’m working on and ended up getting nothing done on.

I’d like to reach out to the more computer savvy out there and ask a question: can I safely remove anything from .old archives without negatively affecting my computer? Seriously, I could see if it was just documents, pictures, videos, and even fonts. But I’m seeing full folders for programs I’d have to reinstall in there. It’s not like they work either since various registry info and whatever aren’t present. But is it okay to delete folders or are they intended to be copy/pasted into somewhere? Because it’s been so long since I re-installed that I don’t need those programs or otherwise can’t use them because I can’t fully install them. What exactly are .old archives and what’s safe to delete? I can think of a few things. This project was about going through internet links that are dead, various image and video files, and other things I’m relatively sure is okay to delete. But I would love some advice before proceeding further.

E-Mail Reading And DVR Watching

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English: email envelope

English: email envelope (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week I was able to do two projects at once…and not get as far as I’d like at either. I wanted to fix some issues with my computer caused by some bad Windows updates but I didn’t know what to delete so I don’t know what to do there. So after stewing over that longer than I should have I started going through my emails. I have two email boxes with emails going back to 2012 and possibly sooner, and there’s just a huge build-up. And I have a number of shows and movies on my DVR and I wanted to get through some of them. So how does one do both?

Commercials!
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Web Comic Organizing

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logo for my comic strip, Jake & Leon

Odd to put this logo on THIS site. However, fighting off the remnants of a cold this week meant I didn’t do much this week. However, I’ve let this project (and as a result this site) slip by for too long this year so I thought I’d get some more virtual clutter done. That makes thisĀ another short report.

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