Quick Report: Drives And Media Libraries

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I was going to dust in the bathroom today but for some reason I was really tired all day. But I did get some stuff done. My dad recently purchased one of those external floppy drives because we both have floppy disks from the days when those mattered, and there are still some fun games on them. Not all of them will work in his Windows 8 computer but they’ll work on my XP laptop and maybe even his 7 laptop if we can get it running again. So I had to see if that was working. Seems to be okay.

I spent the rest of the day finally getting back to my other site’s media library, filling in the descriptions to better find an image I might need. It’s a nice trip down memory lane as my 10th anniversary running that site is this month. I got through all of 2010’s pictures, and if that took most of the day you can imagine how many images I had to go through, taking time away to avoid eye strain of course. Next time I have to work on 2011. It’s not much but at least I did something today.

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Quick Report: Updating My Media Library part 2

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Recently in my virtual clutter projects I talked about organizing the media library of this website, so I could more easily find a photo that would work in a current article that I used in a past one. Well, I run another website, the one I occasionally borrow media reviews from. This one usually updates every day, barring life issues, instead of weekly and has been running for a lot longer. So there are a lot more images on that site to go over. This collection of files on the site is referred to as a media library, so don’t confuse it with me doing things with my videos or comics or something. Since this week included buttoning up and disconnected my air conditioners as the weather in Connecticut gets colder I decided this would be an easy project.

“Easy” does not mean quick. In the time I had, with a few extra hours taken from the day before, I only managed to get up to 2010. That includes the first two months of 2008 the site was running and all of 2009. This being 2018 and not counting the large amount of time off took in 2016 or when I had a service called Zemanta (later named Sovrn) that I could use for images (the service no longer exists and I don’t know where to find a replacement service for images and external site links connected to a topic, which also hurts this site), there is still a whole lot of work. Comic reviews, images used in articles, logos…it all has to be gone through. As I get closer to modern-day there will be more images with searchable descriptions I can use to find what I want (I’ve gotten better at that recently) but I have to put those descriptions on years worth of pictures.

If I was able to do two months a day I could do a year a week, but considering I failed to do something similar with the emails I will be happily surprised if I pull that off. I found images I didn’t remember I had and images I knew I had but would never come up because they weren’t titled or described right. With this problem solved things will run smoother, as hopefully they will with the site you’re currently reading which I also organized. I’ve still got time to go through the physical clutter before I decorate for Christmas, a time where other projects will dominate. I may return to the virtual clutter then when I don’t have other projects to do first. But the image organizing has to be done. It’s one of those projects I put off for too long. Add to the list I guess. This one is more “professional” than other clutter projects but it’s still clutter and fighting clutter is what this site is about. So onward I press.

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.