What started as trying to find a good way to back stuff up has turned into a digital housecleaning extravaganza that I'm now on Day Two of. I'll think to myself, where was that thing I did? Like the all-text fantasy RPG I was working on a year or two ago where I was hoping to create emergent narrative by giving each character their own goals and strategies. I did accidentally create prostitution in the process, which was neat. Last night I realized that I'd lost the source. Turned out it was on a hard-drive in my desktop that wasn't actually plugged in.
Oh yeah, and old e-mail. I've got e-mail dating back to 1995. But I seem to be missing a stretch from 1997 to 2001. Maybe it's on the laptop.
So I have not one, but two, problems:
How to backup more data than will fit on a CD? Hard-drives are happily very reliable, so I was thinking maybe I'll just backup everything from the desktop to the laptop, but if there's a fire then I'll probably lose both machines. So backing up to CD's that I can keep in the fridge (stuff in the fridge tends to survive a fire, I hear) would be my preferred option. Or online backup, if I could find one that was super-cheap, which I haven't.
Organizing all my freaking data so it's convenient to backup.
And everything has to be convenient enough so that I'll actually do it on a regular basis.
Actually, my wife's digital photos are the real problem - spread all over the place and huge.
So - um - what do you guys do? If anything?