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Chapter 8. Sherlock

Someone, I’m not sure who, once said: “in a paperless society, documents will never be lost again.” On the surface, it seems like a reasonable notion. After all, you have electronic files, all of which should have descriptive names, all of which are located somewhere on a finite hard drive. How hard could it be to find anything?

Anyone who has ever stayed up until 2 a.m. looking for that lost piece of data that is absolutely critical to the annual report draft due at 8 a.m. can attest to the vulnerability of electronic files. The fact of the matter is, the contents of a disk drive are only as organized as the human who uses it.


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