Tonight my computer told me that it would not save one more mega-giga photo of one more granny square. Which, as we all know, was a tragedy of untold depths, since crocheting, and particularly crocheting granny squares, has become my new raison d’être. I am obsessed. I would sit and do nothing but crochet all day if allowed. However, this is not about crochet, per se. It’s about the full computer. It’s taken three years, but I’ve almost filled up a 500GB hard drive. How do you even do that, fill up a computer?
In my case, it’s photos, music, and digital movies made with my phone. Not even good movies, mind you. Movies of my nephews throwing a toy for my mother’s dog where most of the footage is a blur, or a rug. Movies of a blur of my dog running after something. And those are the good movies. The movies I meant to take. The truly pitiful movies are the accidental ones. The ones that were supposed to just be photos. The ones that are several seconds of one thing, then the camera going sideways, then a voice saying, “Is this thing recording again?” Why do I keep those? There is no good answer to that question.
Except that I am a hoarder. I need a support group.
Another hoarding problem is multiple copies of the same thing in different folders. Well, I’m not positive that that version of the photo (or essay or spreadsheet, whatever) in that folder is exactly the same as the version in the other folder. Too much trouble to compare, just keep both. I have folders called “old stuff” and “from other computer.”
The last two problems are just because of laziness. They are the trash and the downloads folder. I forget to empty the trash. And I never delete anything I download no matter what it is, and no matter that I’m never going to look at it again, because if it were really something I wanted, I would have saved it somewhere else. Or I already have saved it somewhere else, so there are already at least two versions anyway.
Thus, I went on a purge. I deleted everything in the download folder, and then emptied the trash. I also emptied the trash on iPhoto. Did you know that if you delete something in iPhoto that it keeps it in its own private little trash can? You have to empty iPhoto’s trashcan separately and then empty your main trash to actually get rid of a photo. iPhoto WANTS you to be a hoarder.
My purge gained me back 100GB of space. That was fully one-fifth of the total space on the hard drive. It was only a beginning. I have vowed to spend the few spare minutes I’m not crocheting throwing away digital things. I’ve been paring down and getting rid of unwanted physical stuff, why not reflect this in my digital life?
What about you? What are you keeping in virtual reality that you shouldn’t be? I’d love to hear, and if you’re not carrying unneeded digital crap, feel free to gloat.