What to do about bookmarks

Browser bookmarks frustrate me. I need them for personal and professional use. Yet, like email, bookmark management just seems like a silo wherein I pile new bookmarks on top of old. I try to remember what concise list of tags I used in the past. But it's all a guessing game. Eventually the number becomes so great I export them all to an XML file and put that in a different kind of silo on a hard drive.

My bookmarks, and I suspect most folks', can be split in to three groups. The stuff we use daily, the stuff we're currently using but one day (work projects for example), and the stuff we want to come back to someday.

The first and second groups are, IMHO, what the bookmarks store in a browser is for. I want quick access to these. It's important to keep the two separate and clear out the transient stuff appropriately. When I finish a job I should collate all the bookmarks I've stored for that job in a text file and add it to the git repository and tarball for the job.

I've helped reduce the third group by embracing Pocket. But I still have bookmark folders full of long-forgotten links.

I tried using Pinboard and Delicious but that's even worse. They're like cold storage. I put stuff there and fool myself it'll be there when I want it. But it's easier just to Google something than to try and search these services.

So what to do? I don't know. I like the idea of keeping all those third-group links in appropriately named text files. But will I bother to keep them updated? Will I bother to look in them when I need a link?

What I'm more tempted to do is distill anything I learn from a link in to a document. A tutorial in my own words. Anything else can go in Pocket or simply be read and discarded.

Digital housekeeping

I'm finally getting my house in order. That is my digital house. I've never been very strict about files and folders though I try to keep on top of it. Recently I've felt a new vigour to get things in order.

Aside from a system SSD, where I do store some current work on my desktop, I try to keep my system drive free of anything but OS and software.

Along side the system drive is a 1tb WD Red that is my main drive. This is backed up nightly to a mirrored NAS giving me three local copies of these files. I'm also in the process of backing this up to a new Backblaze account, but the 300gb are taking a while to do.

Finally in my main system is a 640gb drive that I use as a scratch drive. There is stuff on there I wouldn't like to lose but it wouldn't be the end of the world if I did.

My small home server contains a small SSD for OS and software. Also in there are a 2.5in 750gb drive that I use for downloading and general work with a large amount of files. Also in here is my Media drive, a 2tb WD drive that contains films, tv shows, audiobooks etc.

The media drive is manually backed up to an external 2tb Buffalo drive.

In addition to the above I have a portable 2tb drive that lives in my bag. Another 2tb external that used to be my media drive. Two 1tb external Buffalo drives, and a 500gb external Buffalo drive.

So what am I storing where...

Documents and files (1tb WD Red)

All my JPG photos are further compressed using imagemin, in particular the jpeg-recompress binary.

Currently this drive contains about 300gb of data with about 650gb free, so should suffice for a few years to come.

Third drive (640gb)

At the time of writing the folder structure is:

As I said above, it wouldn't be the end of the world if this drive failed. But it's showing no signs and I plan to do something with a lot of the stuff on here soon.

Server - Media drive (2tb)

Back in October 2015 I decided to re-encode all video files to x265 and standardise audio formats and subtitle files. It's taken a long time to do this and I'm still doing it but the bulk of it is done. It's cut the space consumed by these files in half.

This drive is mirrored manually once every couple of weeks to an external 2tb drive.

2 x 1tb buffalo external

This is mirrored on two external drives. Just in case.