1) INBOX - unprocessed input, usually files downloaded from the web or saved attachments.
2) PROJECTS - here, I create subfolders, one subfolder for one Project. In the subfolders, there are files I actively work on, like doc files.
3) REFERENCES - here, I store files I am not working on, like ebooks, texts, photos, etc.
So, in the slide example, I would not lost the file location, since I know it will be in the folder Projects\Write-Essay-On-Teaching. If the project is finished, I remove the directory (and put final output into Refenrences, if necessary).
I realized, at least in my case, that the main problem causing mess on the HDD was related to the fact, that unprocessed, working-on and reference files were stored together by topics.
You know, for all the trash talk about the OLPC and it's lack of a regular GUI, it sure does have a few innovative ideas in there that we could learn from.
Maybe that isn't a lot of trash talk, but it quickly gets annoying and old.
If you see those critics anywhere, slap 'em for me or something.
Remember this acronym: LATCH
Location / Alphabetical / Time / Category ("tag"?) / Hierarchy.
It's a good mnemonic for GUI design - get a GUI up then consider LATCH and add another path or view of the info.
Aesthetic criticism aside, isn't this something that some OSes already have? Mac OS X lets you see all the files you edited yesterday, for instance. Doesn't that negate the need for a journal, or is there something I'm missing?
Couldn't they have used Present, or whatever that OpenOffice thing is?
I created a bookmark app (very raw), that orders my bookmarks based on the time they were save and it is tremendously useful.(the url for the bookmarker is public and is http://www.trk7.com/install/xxx.php (click on the calendar tab), just in case u want to check)
It would be a cool addition to the directory structure, not a replacement.
I would have a hard time remembering when I put files so I am not sure I would like that interface.
Besides, with the things I do, I have to keep careful records for a long time, and be able to find anything really quick. Right now I organize things by theme (project, topic, etc...). An alternate organization scheme that does not get in the way would be cool.
For me organizing anything by exact date is overkill. I need to be able to organize by day, month, week, or year (all at the same time).