Seeing as it has been a long time since I last made a backup of stuff on my computer system (the last one I did was on April 17th), I decided that it was well past time to make another. In the process of doing so, I had the opportunity to do a little "fall cleaning" on my computer. I have since learned that my computer is surprisingly unorganized.
A number of redundant files were lying around (mostly stuff that can be recreated from other files that I have). So this was the first batch of stuff to be discarded. I also had a ton of really old stuff, some of it dating back to my early "JGB Productions" days. I zipped up all of said old stuff (so it wouldn't lie fallow anymore), and then placed it in a safe place: just in case. There were a number of instances where files just needed to be zipped up: one folder of server logs was well over 110 MB and, after compression, was a mere 4 MB.
I believe I removed between 1000 and 1500 files in the process. Unfortunately, I didn't calculate the entire disk savings, but it must be upwards of 1 GB or more (a number of duplicate MP3's were also tossed out). All in all, the experience was a good one for me. Not only have I backed up vital data, I've tidied up my virtual home. It sure feels good to get clean!