Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Finding your desktop after three years...

A few days ago I came back to my "old" office that I left three years ago and in the office was my Mac I used before I left. I started the computer and the desktop appeared, exactly as I left it three years ago! It was a strange experience. I was thrown back in time, and suddenly remembered what I was doing the last days in my old office. It was like looking at a photo in an album and it is of course similar, the desktop was frozen at a particular time. Anyhow, nothing extraordinary, but quite an experience...Who take pictures of the virtual world in a similar way as we take pictures of the real world? To remember when we get old :-)

2 comments:

Aaron Houssian said...

Just a couple of weeks ago I plugged in an external drive I haven't used in some time. I found a batch of backup files from 2002-2005. It is strange to see a little snapshot in time of the works you produce.

It is interesting how files on a computer can evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Erik Stolterman said...

Hi Aaron,

Yes, I agree, and I think we will see the new profession "digital information archeology" soon :-)

Erik