Friday, November 20, 2009

Organizing Computer Info

Yesterday I read an article on MSN that says we get dumber after the age of 53. While they were referring to financial decisions, I’m beginning to think it might be true—at least for me. My memory seems to be going as I cannot remember all the accounts, user names, and passwords I’ve created online.

We’re forced to create so many online identities to keep ourselves safe, it’s a wonder we’re not all schizophrenic. It’s a quagmire, I tell you, and my brain is a big ol’ mushy thing as a result.

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I took all the little disorganized notes and index cards cluttered with my scribbled computer data and made a small book to hold everything as inspired by a tutorial found at Mish Mash blog.

However, I didn't use the tutorial as I had my own ideas about what I wanted. I cut a piece of chipboard into two pieces 4-inches by 6.25 inches. Some pretty paper and a couple of embellishments finished both covers.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

Plain white 4x6-inch index cards were used to make divider pages. I drew tabs, one for each letter in the alphabet and labeled them with stick-on letters. Some simple decorations for the dividers were made by punching flowers out of paper scraps.

Next I trimmed colored 4x6-inch index cards to make the width shorter so they’d line up with the edges of the dividers and leave the tabs clearly visible.

Finally my wee book was bound using my Zutter Bind-it-All machine which is one of the better things I’ve spent my money on lately. Maybe that purchase balances out the brain cells I’m reputed to have lost since I’m over 53.

That’s okay, I may be old and can’t remember various online identities, but every one of my selves is still cute.


Lorrie said...

Don't believe everything. In my Psychology textbook today I read that people in their late 40s and 50s (like you and me) are at the peak of their intellectual capabilities!

Love the idea of the notebook - like you I have scraps of paper here and there with all my logins and passwords. Having them all together would free up my brain for more useful tasks, like blogging!


Thimbleanna said...

Now, if you can just remember where you put that book! I definitely need to make one -- it's just sooo darn cute. I have a little makeshift one at work (stapled together the bits of paper) -- it's so plain.

All those passwords drive me nuts. I was at a website today for work and they've decided they need more security. So, now you have to answer security questions. I had to pick fifteen questions that I could be asked in the future. Then I had to answer them. Like, what's my favorite food? Well, how the heck am I supposed to remember what I answered to that -- it depends upon the day. So, I whipped out the makeshift book and made notes of all the stupid questions and all their answers. Sigh....

Diane Schuller said...

yes, each of your selves is cute June!
I'm obviously very boring because I keep mine in a file folder buried in my file box :~)

Bridgett said...

That is a really good idea. I should probably do something like that too...

Hope you're having a great weekend!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Adorable book June! I have mine all scribble din a notebook and as they accumulate I can see how alphabetization is needed. I like your binding system and will have to look into that machine!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

PS: Blogging builds brain cells so we are not getting dumber! :-)