Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2005.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

Organizational tendencies

Posted 6 October 2005

It strikes me as amazing that I've accumulated so much information, history, and memories on my hard drive (emails, IMs, photos, and occasional videos), and yet I've done such a poor job organizing my info. I used to think that I would one day write software to handle all of those different things, and I had it in my mind that the best way to store everything away would be in directories named after individual people. Wow, that was naive of me.

Here's an example of the directory structure I used to use:


If there were more than one photo on that day, it would become 20051005-0.jpg, 20051005-1.jpg, et cetera. It was a disaster. Here's the way I'm now organizing my photos:


With the advent of powerful photo-organizing software, the only reason I even need a year or event is to make backups easy. I will have an immaculate collection! By the way, I mentioned to Allan what I was doing. His reply was

I'll tell you what, Cat - I like it. Let me run this one by Bob Whisky and I'll get back to you in the morning.

Or, afternoon.

I'll call you.