I spend most of my time on my computer, on account of my profession. I use Mac OSX or Linux as my OS. If you were to look at my machine you'd weep. While most areas of my life are well organised, my computer is a complete mess.
I don't find the default directories that are set up in either OSX or Ubuntu helpful but nor have I worked out a useful approach myself. I'm also influenced by the idea that on a computer we should follow the 'search don't file' approach, as on modern systems every file is indexed automatically.
Right now I wouldn't know where to start looking for most of my stuff. I can find it using spotlight, if I know what I am looking for, but frankly it's just a nasty mess.
Any recommendations for an approach to keeping this stuff organised? How about just a simple alpha filing system? That could work, but boy would it take a long time to reorganise it. But then maybe that needs to be done anyway!