Confessions From An Electronic Hoarder
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | November 24, 2013 | 10:57 am
I have a confession to make – I am an electronic hoarder .
Wow, that feels great to get that off my chest! This is one of those problems that is so easy to hide. People walk in my office and see that I might have a bit of a problem with books (I have already come to terms with this addiction. It stems from my childhood. Enough said.). But the whole electronic realm, well let’s just say that I don’t let just anyone go browsing through my hard drive.
Newsletters, JPG’s, podcasts, plugins, teleclasses, teleseminars, music, scrapbooks, photos, data and more data. And can you say EBOOKS!!! My backup has a backup. Those little data bits sneak up on you megabyte by megabyte and pretty soon that old 500 gigabyte hard drive has to make way for a tetrabyte or more. Considering that the first personal computer was run on a 40 megabyte floppy, well you do the math (and if you have no idea what I am talking about megabyte is 1 million bytes of data, a gigabyte is a billion bits of data (or one thousand megabytes), and a tetrabyte is a trillion bits of data). It keeps going up from there.
This is a problem our forefathers never had to deal with. All these numbers make me wonder what Peter Walsh would think if he was called to my rescue (he is the guy that helps people with hoarding issues). I wonder how I would justify keeping each podcast or picture. I wonder if I would break down asking him to just let me save just that one file…. In the land of energy, everything weighs on you. Even the things that you can’t necessarily see. Maybe spring cleaning should also apply to those little black electronic boxes we have lying around (and I am not just talking computers – ipads, ipods, phones, cameras and the like). Energy is energy. Things that make you go hmmmmm………