I HAVE A TREASURE trove of artefacts waiting to be found. Some of those artefacts lie in a drawer in my home office, secreted inside mini discs, fat USB keys, 3.5" floppies and cassette tapes. Others sit unopened for years on the hard drives of old laptops. One of those laptops is a IBM Transnote, a touchscreen laptop with Windows 98. I'd like to restore its power supply and also pull records off it from 2002, my second year of blogging.
A little record-keeping exercise I started suggests I am carrying around a stash of stuff waiting to be found, like in the things I've snapped in the photo (above right). I have gigabytes of audio files, including years of interviews, ambient soundscapes, and mash-ups produced by creative multimedia students. They sit unarchived on my Sony ICD MX-20 and I have to do the right thing and harvest them immediately.