Digital Housekeeping

Digital Housekeeping

Sunshine, it brings light into life in so many ways! Today was beautiful. It was -24C out there when I arose this morning. Now, at 5 p.m. it is -10C. The blue sky and white snow were so beckoning that I bundled up and headed out for my walk. Oh how I appreciate the knee warmer my Mom knitted for me, it kept my knee functioning and pain free for the whole 20 minutes that I was out of doors. I feel much better for getting out for my walk, as I have been confined to the house through the cold snap earlier in the week, and then the blizzard that followed.

The backup project is proceeding slowly. I have about 40GB of music files, some of which are backed up on CD, and some not backed up at all. I began the sort today, storing the files that have already been burned to CDs in a separate folder. That was step one. Step two will be burning the rest of the files on data DVDs. The files need to be organized, saved on both of the computers, the external usb drive, the Cloud, and the DVDs. Then the bulk of the project will be complete.

My oh my, how I regret not having been consistent with the digital housekeeping over the last 24 years.

I have a G4 computer that was purchased around 2001, it is still going strong. It is dated and will not manage online activities. It is just too old. Terra had expressed an interest in Photoshop and the Adobe creative software packages, all of which I owned when the G4 was new. I sent all the hardware and software to Terra. However, she barely got started with it when she found out she was pregnant. That is the end of learning Photoshop! She will be returning the computer and accessories, to get it out of her way. I have yet to decide what to do with it! Really, it would only be good for working on office tasks, like letter writing, database management, spreadsheets, modest graphics work, etc. It is extremely slow compared to new computers, so I doubt anyone would want to use it at all. But of course, there are no viruses, trojans, or malware of any kind developed for that machine, so it would be good for working with and storing sensitive information.

I have only had two Macintosh computers that wore out on me over the last 24 years, and both of them were laptops. The rest of my computers just keep going and going and going… I have given away the Apple llE, the 7300, and even the laptops that had worn out. The G4 is still going strong after 15 years, although it cannot be updated to the current operating system. The iMac is still going strong after 9 years, and can still be updated to current operating systems; it is getting very slow. My present main computer has been very reliable, a four year old MacBook Air, and it still does everything I need it to do.

I am not sure what I will do with my time when I get all of these computers backed up. I think it would be a fine idea for spring to arrive, just as I finish the job. Tomorrow would be good. Did you hear that spring? I am into it if you are.

The birthday rose. Attila gave me a potted pink rose for my birthday. The blooms are spent now, and the plant is sending out new delicate green leaves.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 PM EST Thursday 18 February 2016
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 103.8 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -10.0°C
Dewpoint: -18.6°C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: SW 7 km/h
Wind Chill: -14


“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Henry Ward Beecher
1813 – 1887


  1. crochetlady or Lee Ann

    Old computer without virus. What a steal.
    Hospital roomate is a little nuts. Sorry for the term, but she’s not stable enough in mind to be discharcged, even though body is healthy. I hope she sleeps all night!

    I wish we could reboot our minds like we reboot computers!!!!!

  2. WendyNC

    When I met my first computer, our trainer told us, “back up anything you don’t want to re-do” and, being quite lazy, I took that to heart.

    I have been fanatical about backing up my work files since back in the days of the 5.25″ floppy disks and have never regretted it. Some things went the way of all flesh when machines no longer operated those disks (or the 3.5″ ones which came after), but I have yet to miss any of that material.

    After that, I went to usb drives, and then when prices came down, I got myself a nice external hard drive. Since last fall, I’ve also had secure cloud storage and I’m loving that, because I can access it anywhere with anything that has an internet connection and a browser.

    With my personal stuff, there just isn’t that much, unlike the vast accumulation of materials that you have. I’ve lost some stuff along the way (a couple of lightning strikes will do that), but mostly photos which weren’t any great loss. Now I use Google’s cloud for the pictures.

    Glad you’re almost done with yours. What a job!

  3. Lee Ann, how challenging! I do hope you get a good night’s sleep. Wouldn’t it be grand if the mind could be rebooted, and we learned how to do it for ourselves. I think that the medical profession thought electric shock therapy would do the job, but it turned out to be a false lead.

    Hope your well and home very soon!

  4. Wendy, I applaud your diligence, and hang my head (but only slightly) at my own laziness, or perhaps it was impatience.

    I was lucky in that the material on the 5.25″ floppies was copied to 3.5″ disks for me, the the gentleman to whom I donated the Apple lle. I managed to copy it from the 3.5″ disk to CD, so that I have all of my files from 1987 onward. I had research databases and publications on those disks, so I am glad to have the original files. The files still open in current software. I was always careful to use generic file formats, steering clear of proprietary file formats that made material inaccessible in the long term.

    Cloud storage is wonderful, isn’t it! The WD My Cloud, which I have installed here, can also be accessed over the internet, from anywhere. The biggest disadvantage of using a cloud server at home, as compared to an external cloud server, is that if the house burns down everything is lost. I may find a safety deposit box for the CDs and DVDs, that would solve that problem.

    I am slowing down with the project of backing up, wearing down a little I think. So I am only working on it a few hours a day right now, and take long breaks. One foot in front of the other, and then, when it is done and dusted, I MUST maintain a routine of backing up constantly. 🙂

  5. Diane, spring is on its way here. The birds are calling it from the treetops. The temperature is warming up today, and the daytime temperatures should hover around 0C for the next three or four weeks, and the up it goes. It all looks good to me, with melting snow, and warmer breezes.

    We have had a small garden here since the second summer. Our success varies, as up until now, we were absent for long periods of time in the summer months, and the garden was not watered when it needed it. In spite of that, we had a bumper crop of butternut squash last fall ( about 150 pounds) from four seeds we saved from an organic squash from Terra’s garden. We also enjoyed green beans, and scarlet runner beans, which both did well. Our tomatoes were a sad disappointment, but they are so water dependent that it was not surprising.

    We planted nasturtiums, lavender, and borage for the bees, which all did rather well.

    This summer we are looking forward to expanding the garden. I would like fewer squash, a lot more green beans, and some healthy tomato plants.

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