Since we were sick I really didn't have the desire to sit down in front of the computer and write the blog. Despite not having the desire to write - my mind has been churning over many different subjects that I want to write about. As a result I have a backlog of probably 10 different topics that I want to write about. Most of them have been triggered by items that I have read or have been covered in the news in the last few days/week. It seems that there are some many different things going on in the world right now that it leaves you grasping to make heads or tails of everything. But I will save those topics for another day.
This evening while I sit in front of my computer, I was dumbfounded by the amount of data that I generate every year. I have so many photos, videos, songs and documents that I really don't even know where to begin to organize it. Today I was pondering this problem when I think I at least made some headway about how to attack it. (I am sharing this as I figured others might benefit from my thought process.)
If you are like me, you probably have a gigantic hard drive on your home computer that pretty much holds your entire life upon it. For me I have 2 Terabytes worth of data between my home computer, my home network drive and my work computer. There is so much data that I really can't make sense of it. I need to find some way to organize it all and make it useable.
I decided today that to make it usable I need some way to organize it. I don't feel that there is one solution that will work for all my data. I am going to need to use a specific solution to organize each type of data. So to sort this whole thing out my first decision is what tool I will use to organize each type of data. I came to the following conclusions:
Music/MP3 Files: Stored and organized in iTunes
Pictures and Graphics: Stored in directories by Month/Year and organized in Adobe Photoshop Elements
Videos and MPGs: Stored in Directories by Month/Year and organized in Adobe Photoshop Premerie Elements
Documents/Articles/PDF: Storied and organized in Nuance Paperport
The really cool thing about all of this is that I will have the capability to search through every kind of document/file and find want I want. For example, if I want to find all pictures of Bailey in the mountains - all I need to do is go into Adobe Photoshop Elements and search all my photos with that criteria - Bailey, Mountains. As long as I have them tagged correctly then all of those photos will pop up when I do the search. How cool is that??? So time to get to work implementing all of this!
Today was picture day for Finnegan. I sat at the kitchen table today looking at him and I realized that he is growing up quickly. So I pulled out the camera and shot a bunch of photos of him so I can capture him as a puppy. Here are a few.
I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend!
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.