|[The following came from a couple emails
with my dad]
Personally, I wouldn't worry about your "bogging" your computer down with data. This is a MYTH that is perpetuated by people so often that they almost have knowledgable people convinced that this is a plausable souce of problems. IT IS NOT. I won't go into the technical end of it. Rather, for your purposes, know that you could one MILLION copies of all of the text you have written and scatter them throughout your hard drive, and your computer's performance would not be adversely affected. And, yes, you have the space available to perform such a hypothetical operation.
>First...my symptoms are quite easy to
>And lastly, my conclusion that I am "blogged
up" is NOT conjecture. Whether it is or not I don't know, but a "caveat"
appears when I go to my "Filing Cabinet" which warns me that my cabinet
is overloaded and unless I purge the file everything will slow down.
>Perhaps they are trying to get me to go
to the higher (9.0), although I don't see how that earns them any money.
A lot of the confusion about computers is that they are a black box that people have trouble understanding except through analogy. With enough use, a naive intuition forms out of perceived patterns. Unfortunately, this is sometimes just as fallible as reasoning through analogy. For example, say your computer locks up at a certain point when you boot it up. Would you fiddle with the volume knob on your speakers to try to get it to work? Probably not. You would likely guess already that your speakers unrelated to the processes involved. On the other hand, you will likely see problems as a computer gets older.
There are three reasons for this: 1) You have upgraded to more sophisticated software while retaining the original hardware (except, perhaps, for a RAM upgrade, as in your case), 2) You accumulate more data in the form of old emails, downloads, etc., and 3) You accumulate more junk files related to the operation of the computer (including but not limited to .tmp Windows files, cookies, cache garbage, aborted installations, incomplete uninstallations, etc.) that are usually (but not always) deleted.
The problem comes about when causal users confuse these parallel processes. Note that #2 has very little to nothing to do with slowing down your computer, but it is the one over which you can exert the greatest influence. As a result, that's what people attempt to address. It's a superstition, and usually voodoo dolls and tying strings around your finger have better results than deleting old email when it comes to addressing the problems you mentioned.
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