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digital-downsizing-4

Published on: 2021-07-19

Never underestimate the file type of your digital stuff hoarded on your hard drive or in your cloud services.

Documents

I am in the transition of moving away from documents saved as .pages (from Apple) to move them on .rtfd. As an example, a former file of 946 KB is now a 136 KB file. Or another file of pure text with minimal formatting that went from 302 to 32 KB.

The selection of .rtfd as a replacement for all my text files isn't set in stone since it is not really cross-platform compatible, but the fact that Bean can export easily to HTML is a plus in case I need to switch over a real open format.

Actually, I'm thinking about using WikiMind as my main document manager. The only thing that restrains me is the lack of image handling.

eBooks

I used to hoard about 60 eBooks on my computer just in case I want to refer to them later. Truth is, I never opened 90% of them after the first read. And many were not that of a classic to be kept. I reduced the list to 25 titles.

Additionally, I have normally around 10 to 15 books on my reading list.

gzip activated

For this website, I activated the gzip encoding to further reduce the page weight. The compression rate is between 45 and 65%, which is awesome. Per example, the page leo-babauta-focus is normally 231,334 bytes. With gzip, it is down to 80,156 bytes.

More info on apache.org and on BetterExplained. And GIDZipTest to test the compression.

Backup

As discussed on Backup, I finally decided to go the easy way. As I reduced my files over the last year, I'm down to less than 50GB right now. Thus, I bought a Kingston Kyson 64GB for $18. The plan is to keep it connected on the Multiport adapter on the MacBook Air. Time Machine will manage the backup.

The reason why I didn't go with the backup over wifi on a second Mac is it was awfully slow. For about 50GB, it tooks many hours, compared to less than one over USB 2.0.

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