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All the information stored permanently on computers is ultimately inside files. Computer files have a number of similarities to paper files. You can never find them, they always seem to fill the storage space available, and no matter how many warnings people give you about making copies for safe-keeping, you never do, and consequently lose all your work at regular intervals.
See also: back-up
File Transfer Protocol, a method of paralysing computer networks by moving large amounts of information around. The advent of the World Wide Web, and other user-friendly methods of using FTP has meant an end to the wild games of file finding that used to go on.
First stage was to find the site that your file was at. Given the millions of computers on the 'Net, this was not an easy task. Especially if you didn't know the filename. Once you'd found it, and negotiated the maze of directories, you'd have the fun job of working out the exact filename, case 'n' all. And don't think listing the directory would solve it - there'd be three hundred files in that directory, and no freeze or scroll lock key on your computer.
And ten hours later, when the huge file had finally made it down the strand of wire to where it was in your grasp, you'd remember that you should have switched to Binary Mode. Ahhh... the good old days.
See also: scroll lock World Wide Web
An exercise performed on large computer projects by consultants, specifically designed so that project members have to spend more and more of their time filling out little bits of paper about what they would be working on if they weren't filling out little bits of paper about what they're not working on.
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