As we near the end of the year, its always a good idea to go through files and find the things we need to keep, like paystubs (until W-2’s from employers arrive) for instance. And with the other pieces of paper we have held on to throughout the year? Well for the most part, we can go ahead and shred it all. No, wait… better yet read this New York Times article first.
There are plenty of things we’d like to hang on to; both in the tangible physical world as well as the digital virtual world. For instance, you probably don’t want to throw away photos of your childhood or relatives from decades, even centuries, ago. This doesn’t mean you should scan and upload those photos to Facebook. Funny story: I’ve been tagged (by an adoring cousin) in my parents wedding photo, as has my sister (we weren’t born for another 2 & 4 years later). On the other side of the coin, we don’t need to print out everything we’ve shared or stored online. Frankly, I think the photos of my college days on Myspace were deleted with that original handle for good; as much as I wish I could still access those pics, I don’t miss them, I still have the memories.
This brings me to the picture you see above, the very first photo I ever took on an Apple. I didn’t even know what Photobooth was when I bought my MacBook Pro in 2006, but once I got it home and played around, I opened the app, explored and learned quickly. The MacBook Pro I am typing on at this moment is that very one… and it still has every single Photobooth image I ever snapped. That got me thinking about purging files and I have also entertained the idea of viewing every single photo on this computer and choosing to keep it, move it or delete it. A task of that magnitude could be quite time consuming, considering I’m closing in on 5,000 images. Thanks very much to my iPhone, which increased the amount of images by some exponential percentage I can not even begin to fathom.
As time goes on, I’ll share more photos, like the one below. Like I said, I have thousands of images saved and about 500 of them are snapped from Photobooth. I won’t share them all, though (you wish! haha). Just wanted to share these two because they were both taken the same day way back in 2006 – over 5 years ago, within the first 24 hours of playing around with my very first (and still operating) MacBook Pro.
For now, I’ll just keep the image files stored on this MacBook until I can transfer them to a free cloud account or an external hard drive. As for all the files cluttering up my filing cabinet and office space, I’ll get to sorting through them sometime in the week ahead. I promise.
Thank you for reading.