AROUND ABOUT THE TIME when I first started messing around with Qik (first clip at left), I was archiving 250 GB of data annually. That was before I started shooting with a HD handycam and before I got addicted to Miro and Hulu. Coupled with a regular diet of podcasts and spiked with weekly Camtasia screencasts, I'm now pegging my data storage requirements at more than 500 GB annually. I can't afford to manage that amount of data so I need an archivist's discipline to reduce some screencasts to cover art and to compress some audio files to 30-second tasters. I'd like to keep a lot of the original work because I enjoy discovering throwaways. But at the moment, my desk space is too much of a mess and there's no way I'll be able to think straight if I don't control the digital pack rat side of my personality. So I'm off to consider how to slice and dice hours of video into 12-second clips, thereby reclaiming as much as a terabyte in my personal storage spaces.