Published on: 2021-07-19
Never underestimate the file type of your digital stuff hoarded on your hard drive or in your cloud services.
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.
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.
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.
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.