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Chapter 6. Using My Computer to Fiddle w... > My, Oh, My: Learning About Your Comp... - Pg. 60

Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 60 My, Oh, My: Learning About Your Computer Using My Computer Windows XP has an annoying habit of appending the word "My" onto the front of things. On the Start menu alone you spy four of these exercises in self-absorption: My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and My Computer. This "My-opic" point of view is a bit cutesy, but it serves a more serious purpose: To remind you that what's truly important on your system is what you create yourself. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the main "My" machine: My Computer. From the name, you might be tempted to think that it represents your entire computer caboodle. Well, that's close, but there's no cigar for you. My Computer really represents only the areas of your computer where files can be stored: your hard disk, your floppy disk, your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, "removable" disks such as those that work with Zip or Jaz drives, folders on a network, and so on. You can prove this for yourself by opening the Start menu and then clicking the My Computer icon. You end up eyeballing a window that looks suspiciously like the one shown in Figure 6.1. (Your version of My Computer may look a bit different if your computer has a different configuration than mine.)