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Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management by William Jones

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Chapter Six Maintaining for now and for later

Suppose we move into an enormous mansion bequeathed to us in the will of a long-lost uncle. When one room reaches an unbearable state of clutter, we simply shut its door and move to a new room with comparable functions and furnishings. We dispatch a servant to retrieve items left behind in the old rooms. We never, ever, have to houseclean again. An analogous situation now holds for much of our personal information. But what if, one day, the doors won’t open? Or the mansion burns down?

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