End of ADS-L Digest - 15 Dec 1997 to 16 Dec 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 16 Dec 1997 to 17 Dec 1997 There are 7 messages totalling 166 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. computer clutter 2. sportswriters' disease 3. Sand Nigger 4. sand nigger 5. Mudville 6. towelhead 7. (Washington) Monumental Liar ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:35:01 -0500 From: Mark Mandel Subject: computer clutter When I see something I like on one of the newsgroups I read at home I download it to my home computer; same for mail that I want to save, whether from a list or individual. The way I do it results in the files all landing in a folder (aka subdirectory) called Downloads, from which I move them to the appropriate places. That's the theory, anyway. The Downloads folder recently checked out at several MB, I don't remember just how many. So last night I sat down to it and started quick-scanning through it, opening each file and deciding either to trash it or to keep it; if keeping, clean it up (strip out dozens of excess lines of header and footer), then either put it directly in its destination location or move it to "Downloads to Keep", which are mostly in a single category (filk*), and which I WILL have to remember to file appropriately. I didn't finish it -- there's still a LOT in the Downloads folder -- but I completely emptied out the old subfolder titled "Before April 1997". I had stuff a year and a half old there, most of it either of no value anymore, or corrupted (system crash in June), or good for a laugh and then OUT. I don't know just how much went out, because I emptied the Trash several times and didn't write down the amounts emptied, but I must have dumped nearly two meg. Something to feel good about :-)\ . There's a lot more to do, but that's an accomplishment. * Musical (though some disagree ;-)\ ), and usually related to fantasy or science fiction. See my page http://world.std.com/~mam/filk.html Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]dragonsys.com Dragon Systems, Inc. : speech recognition : +1 617 965-5200 320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02160, USA : http://www.dragonsys.com/ Personal home page: http://world.std.com/~mam/