I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to collecting and storing things, and the digital realm makes that much easier of course. The sheer density and breadth and availability of digital artifacts and their mobility makes this a rewarding avenue for my collect lust, as well as my avocation of archiving.
In any case, doing this has highlighted something which is distinctly missing from Unix-like systems, a categorical filesystem.
I realize this could be accomplished with some software that runs over the filesystem level, a database which maps artifacts to categories or tags and allows searching/browsing, however the straight-forward filesystem semantics are not available in this context, and to be honest to me it seems significantly more heavyweight than necessary.
I also realize that such things have been created in the past but they are not widely available (in that there’s nothing I can install on my system right now).
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