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Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2007

Dave!In what has become a kind of annual Memorial Day tradition for me, I made comprehensive backups of all my computers today. Even though I regularly back-up my data, it's always nice to start over again fresh. The down-side of starting fresh is that I've accumulated quite a pile of external hard drives over the years... nine, to be exact. When I started, all my data would easily fit on a 60gig drive. This time it took two 500gig drives. Surprisingly, my excessive storage needs are not due to porn.

My problem is that I just can't throw anything away.

I have files dating back to the late 80's... text files... Usenet posts... old drawings... even a few photos from the very beginning of digital photography (at a stunning 320 x 240 pixels!). All of it's crap, of course, but it's sentimental crap from the early days of computing and I just can't bear to get rid of it. I'm crazy sentimental that way.

But I guess if there's a day to feel all sentimental, it would be Memorial Day.

As I was backing up my DaveToons folder, I ran across one that I drew up, but never used...

Mac and PC

Probably because I thought it was too subtle or something.

From working all weekend, I'm about half-way caught up with the work that piled up while I was on vacation. Go me.

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  1. NYCWD says:

    So… tell us what you REALLY think of PCs…

  2. I am the same way about all of that old stuff and deleting things. I’ve used 44% of my Gmail account and I’ve only had it for 2 years!

  3. The Chad says:

    Ahahahaha. The Crappy PC. That rocks.

  4. Avitable says:

    I’m the same way. My Outlook right now has email dating back to 1998 on it.

  5. shari says:

    Subtle? Yes, of course. That’s precisely the word I’d use. 🙂

  6. Bre says:

    In packing up my apartment I’ve discovered a lot of physical junk like that – things that traveled with me to college, from college, to North Carolina, to Pottsville, and that will surely come with me to my new place… useless stuff, and stuff I never actually use… but who can throw away memories?!

  7. bogup says:

    The day you regret is the day that a hard drive crashes without a recent back up. We had a full one second blip in electric power yesterday and I mentioned to my sig other — gee, I wonder how many lawyers are working in our area this Memorial Day and finishing up a fifty+ page brief on a pending case and didn’t back it up before the blip.
    Google sure helps with keeping old stuff on their mega servers but having extra hard drives and DVD back ups is a key to memory, and sanity.

  8. Lela says:

    That’s funny–my daughter asked me why I had two old modems on my closet shelf. I couldn’t think of a good reason so I took then out and put then next to my trashcan to throw them out . . . two weeks ago . . . they’re still sitting there.

  9. webmiztris says:

    you should send that to MAC – maybe they’ll use Dave Toons in their next series of TV ads. 😉

  10. Jeff says:

    I’m totally paralyzed when it comes to deleting old stuff. It’s insane because I can never imagine a time when I’m going to go back and start “reading” my old hard drives, CDs and DVDs to see what’s on them, but yet I still archive them off all the same.

  11. Laurence says:

    That is exactly the perfect casting for mac’s adds ! 😀

  12. Bec says:

    Backup? Mmmm… I never did that when I had a PC and, boy, did I regret it. It’s funny though, because now I have a Mac (less likely to crash or screw up) I back up religiously… Maybe because the stuff on it is less crap.

  13. Stephanie P says:

    Aw. You are a sentimental guy aren’t you? : )

  14. Hilly says:

    I must be the only person on Planet Dave who does not like to keep everything! I totally go through my files once a year and purge purge purge. I am the same way with my emails. Important stuff goes into folders in Outlook and the rest gets deleted. I guess I’m just not a good memory hoarder ;).

  15. yellojkt says:

    I had a couple of bad hard drive crashes three years ago so I had to start over. There’s very little I miss.

  16. Amanda says:

    I delete crap left and right. I have no excess baggage on my computer… Clean, clean, clean

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