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The tale of a digital hoarder: Photos

In this post, I look at the way our attitude to storing photos has changed as a result of the ease and low-cost of digital storage which encourages the digital photo hoarder.

Two questions

My Photos Properties Panel - 49.5GBHow many photos did you use to take with your 35mm film camera? 24 or 36 exposure? A film reel or two a month? Maybe just for holidays or special occasions (or when you wanted to use the film up, perhaps your pet climbing up the curtain?).

How many photos have you taken so far with your digital camera?

For me, my answers are approx 500, and approx 50,000, as very crude estimates.

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The tale of a digital hoarder: Introduction

Digital hoarding: The keeping and collecting of all your digital possessions, forever and ever. It’s keeping a copy of everything that has ever passed through your computer, on your screen or in your virtual existence. Much like ‘physical’ hoarding, everything is pretty much kept in a crazy jumble, and with one explosion it’ll be destroyed forever.

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Googlemail down (again) – The curse of GMail

OK, so this is a hurried post relating to the current Googlemail outage (something to do with cows and wind?), however consider the following points:

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Top 10: Email inbox management techniques

Here’s some Top 10 Tips to manage your email inbox:

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Top 10: Tips for using social networking sites

This list looks at ways in which you can better use social networking sites, including things to consider before you post to protect yourself against professional vs. personal boundary issues.

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Their news, us news, me news: newspapers are old news

The speed at which news is classed as ‘new’ has changed. Newspapers simply can’t keep up with the pace of life that the current Internet age provides. The scope of news has changed dramatically too, especially with the concepts of Twitter and (as one example) BBC News ‘Have Your Say’ feature on web stories.

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Social networks: Drawing the line between professional and personal

See also: Top ten tips on using social networking sites.

You might think I have something against Facebook and the like with this second post on the topic, however this post takes a slightly different slant looking at the way Facebook and other social networking sites are becoming more important to employers. So this post is focused on the users rather than the service itself.

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Why I’ve removed all but my name from Facebook

I might not be one of those activists that has completely deactivate their Facebook profile or those lucky enough to actually have their profile deleted by the powers that be, but I’m getting a little annoyed about the whole terms and conditions saga. It’s been well documented in the news and on networks that Facebook’s attitude to privacy, ownership and rights is somewhat lacking in user-focus. Their change of heart over a section of the terms and conditions which granted Facebook rights to do whatever they wanted with user information, data or files, seemed obviously reactive. What I mean by that is that they appeared to be expecting to get away with it.