Happy Wednesday everyone!
➕This nature paper studied problem-solving and found that additive solutions are favored over subtractive ones, even when removing features is more efficient.
„When people imagine how a situation could have turned out differently, they are more likely to do so by undoing an action they’ve taken rather than by adding an action they failed to take Blaming has lower activation energy than changing, which is our critical flaw.“
„It seems people are prone to apply a ‚what can we add here?‘ heuristic.“
„Subtraction is less likely to be appreciated. People might expect to receive less credit for subtractive solutions than for additive ones. A proposal to get rid of something might feel less creative than would coming up with something new to add, and it could also have negative social or political consequences.“
So, the next time you want to add something, think first if you rather should not remove it or stop doing something else instead.
🔐 I have a lot of data (>24 TB) that I want to hold on to. Most of it are my images, which are of a high emotional value. Some of it is just documents that need to be kept. I learned the hard way that your important data needs to be backed up always. This is especially true with newer computers where the data storage is often integrated and can not be read or replaced on dead machines (e.g. a logic board failure on newer MacBooks makes your data inaccessible).
👨🏼💻Here are some things you should do to save you a lot of pain and time in case of a hardware failure of your laptop, a devastating fire at your house, or theft.
Documents that you need to have on your computer:
Data you just want to keep:
💀 And even with all of that your storage mediums still die. Eventually. So, make sure your backups work and check your hard drives once a year (happened to me with a 1y old drive).