I compulsively stockpile future treasure for myself, but those checks are seldom cashed. I have great books I'll never read, great CDs I'll never listen to, and a fridge door-full of decrepit condiments bought in a prior millennium.
One move that unexpectedly paid off big was a mere afterthought. I keep a folder on my computer to store PDF manuals for all my appliances and gadgets. There was no need to scan hardcopy; you can find manuals for most anything on the Internet. That's really kind of what the Internet was made for, if you look past all the porn, snark, and promotion.
Whenever anything goes wrong with my stereo speakers, my clothes dryer, my printer, my drill, my thermostat, my lawn mower, my car stereo, my car, or any of the rest, it's all right there. For that matter, if I need to know a model number, again, it's all right there. I store it all in my DropBox, so I can access it from my smart phone (I could also throw it all into Evernote).
It sounds small, but I find myself eagerly opening this folder several times per week. Year after year, this has proved one of the most useful moves I've made with my computer.
- ► 2016 (202)
- ► 2015 (130)
- ► 2014 (147)
- "Forget Setting Goals"
- Using Evernote to Stave Off Hoarding (plus my cust...
- Passage of Time
- A Guide To Holiday Greetings For Christians
- Idiot Math
- Winter Is Coming
- E-Manual Ask
- Food Writers and Popes
- Ranting About Locavore/Organic/Eco Sanctimony
- The Ugly Roots of Language Pedantry
- Vanquishing the Language Pedants
- Daily Show Taping
- Billions, Millions, Thousands
- ▼ December (13)
- ► 2012 (209)
- ► 2011 (193)
- ► 2010 (175)
- ► 2009 (239)