Stop being digitally messy

In which I dismiss all notifications and accept all updates.

Devil whispering in a mans ear

I’m not a complete tidy freak, there is still a good deal of mess around me wherever I sit, but I still have a hang up about a clean computer.

Not that the screen has to be free of dust, or that the vents have no accumulation of hair and dead skin cells, but the software and file system has to be just right.

This means no icons on the desktop or superfluous open windows, and only as many open tabs as I need. Unfortunately I married someone with an opposing ethos.

Mrs G likes windows, well apart from the Microsoft version. Not that she is a Macolyte she hates any software that changes. Please nobody tell her that MSN messenger is going, I need to break it to her gently.

Whenever I look at her taskbar it is covered in icons, normally several Word documents, a few different chat programmes and at least one instance of Chrome.

Oh Chrome, and the abuse of the “Open in new tab” option she inflicts. Whenever I come to use her laptop to plug into the TV (its then only way we can watch US TV in the UK – at the moment) I cry a little at the volume of pages that have been loaded.

It’s like the Ctrl+h command made flesh.

I swear if there was an option to never close a tab or window it would be used. Its like there is a fear that if the tab is closed then the page will forever be lost to the web (an interesting idea that, imagine if each page of the internet was only able to be viewed by one person at a time and you borrowed it like a library book. Having to return it when you are done, or if lost never to be seen again).

Can she see what’s on the tabs? Does she remember what they were in the first place? Does she act so cavalier with her tab management because she knows it upsets my ordered window sensibility?

No, no, and almost certainly.

It’s even worse on her iPad. Chrome is unstable enough without there being ten tabs sitting on a wall. The majority are bunched up on the tab bar waiting for the lottery of either opening them or accidentally closing one. I would rather use safari then enter in the hell like world she has created.

Things get worse when you look at her phone. It took me a lot of my convincing powers to get her to move from her iPhone to an Android device and I think overall she is glad she did, but her notification bar is incredible. The thing about notifications is that when you get one it normally means you have a look and see what someone (or something is after). “Oh I have a message, let me read the message” and so on. Not for Mrs G.

She treats notifications like Pokemon. Oh look a Gmail, now I have a message, cool a Groupon notification…I hope I get a Updates Available soon! Gotta catch-em-all.

I know that she will be reading this, and will be all “hmmm” at me, so to give her some love back please check out her blog Across The Wide Ocean. Notice what the most popular blog category is?


Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?

(Hat tip to 99 Problems and Done for suggesting a deadly sin-themed prompt!)

Source: The Eighth Sin

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

8 thoughts on “Stop being digitally messy”

  1. I don’t think I will comment – too busy closing a few open tabs, although my computer(s) are perfect. And viva Chrome – I love it.
    I have a clean computer, I wash it every day, especially the screen with a window cleaner of course, so that the glass remains perfect.


    1. I love Chrome, but having so many tabs open kills my computer (it gets a little hot and laggy because Chrome is digesting all the processing). Also I used to be screen clean obsessed, but now I have a touch screen (and a two year old) so I’ve become a lot less stressed about fingerprints.


  2. And I printed out your comments and gave them to Mr. Swiss to read. He is still laughing and passed a comment “it reminds me a bit”. I am still thinking about whether to cook his evening meal or not. He might choke on it.


  3. I am a big believer in open tabs.. I leave interesting articles open until I have time to read them. The problem is DB ‘has to’ close them all, before he can relax enough to start working on whatever… In return, he would rather save all documents on the desktop whereas I prefer to hide them in folders..


    1. Saving stuff to the desktop is a worse crime than open tabs! Have you thought about using something like ‘Pocket’, I use it to save interesting articles to read later (and it syncs across multiple devices). You can even add tags.

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      1. Hehe! So I’m bad but not the worst – I can handle that 🙂 (I think).
        I tried to make pocket work yesterday, but it won’t, although maybe that’s something to do with the computer at work… Thanks for the tip though! I’ll try it at home soon 🙂

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