Being a digital packrat has its advantages

This evening, through a series of unimportant events which I won’t bore you with here while I bore you with other things, I went in search of an uncropped version of an image I use as an avatar at PGDP. My goal was to crop it at a larger size (128×128) than the version I use at PGDP (80×80).

Despite my best efforts I was unable to find it on my computer. I remember, however, emailing it to the DnD group when it was created 5+ years ago (the avatar is my DnD character Gairdeachas). So I sshed into my mail server, bunzip2 compressed my 2000-2004 sent emails (maildir tar archives), grep’ed through them for what I recall of the filename, and found it. A quick base64 decode of the MIME attachment data (easier than loading it back into my IMAP server and accessing it through my mail client) and success! Then a simple cropping via the Gimp yielded the desired 128×128 image.

In short: yes I’m a digital packrat. I retain all the mail I sent and received back to 2000 ever since I graduated college and stopped using university email systems.

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4 thoughts on “Being a digital packrat has its advantages”

  1. Nice! I’m something of a digital packrat, too. It’s so much more convenient than hoarding physical things. I have archives of all my e-mail going back at least through college and possibly into high school, although I couldn’t even tell you right now with whom I had an e-mail account back then!


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