Last week I was having problems with my computer appearing to be VERY slow. Upon inspection by the resident 'techy', it was determined that I do not delete enough old email etc. from my various in, out and draft boxes. In fact, I don't know when I ever deleted ...thousands. There doesn't appear to be a "Purge" button on my computer as there is on the techie's, so I undertook the painstaking work of deleting bit by bit. It gets a little mindless and addictive...select, delete, select, delete, and the short story is that I deleted a few things that I should have thought about before using the magic eraser.
I now realize how much I actually go back to, and reference, older mail. To be fair, there is only so much data even the computer can handle, so this was a necessary exercise. The computer IS working faster and better, and the files are slim to nothing, but there is something utterly naked about it all. I may have to contact people to resend information that I have obliterated. Technology can be scary. Proceed with caution.
In the interim, I heard about thousands of people who use gmail that lost all of their mail due to a Google Glitch. As serendipity would have it, one of my favourite columnists, Martha Beck, also talks about the dreaded "File Management" in and article in Oprah..which I also receive electronically!!!