I just took a hard look at my data storage situation.
In my NAS, an Ubuntu server with 5 1TB disks in a 3.63TB RAID 5 array (is ‘NAS’ the right term for this? I can’t keep my network storage acronyms straight), at this writing, I have only 271GB free.
On my desktop machine, I have a 256GB SSD for a boot disk that contains my operating systems, as well as 1TB and 3TB disks for local storage. Between those storage disks, I have <500GB free.
Look, I’m an old DOS guy. I never adopted the “My Documents” way of life. It makes a lot of sense to shove big data sets in there in order to keep things organized, until you encounter something like, “Unable to extract xxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.zip because the path name will exceed 255 characters” — well, “C:\Users\Jason\My Documents\” is 29 of those characters. And the next thing you know, you have things like “D:\!BACKUP\OCTOBER BACKUP” and “D:\Old Edrive\External Disk Backup\” just sitting around.
So, I think it’s time to start the Unfuck Your Habitat club. But for computers.
I’m going to be spending the next few days organizing my data, taking a hard look at some of the stuff I’ve been hanging onto for years, extract the gold, and organize into recognizable hierarchies. A lot of this stuff belongs in my Dropbox, forever accessible from any of my machines. And the rest gets nuked forever.
And this appears to be the perfect time. Work is slow because people are off celebrating and traveling. The house is still clean, and unless something tragic happens, nothing around the house needs serious consideration.
If your situation is like mine, maybe this would be a good time to jump in and clean up your computer!