Tuesday, August 16, 2011

10 - Data Trinity

God’s Computer Manual
 “I GOT IT!  It’s in here somewhere!” I hear these words often from my packrat spouse. The words surely come from behind messy stacks of boxes and bags.
The years I’ve spent as an inventory control technician in giant warehouses urge me to leave our box jungle attic while shaking my head. 
Paying strong attention to the Data Trinity in your world eliminates lots of frustration while protecting personal information from dangerous consequences. 
By my definition the Data Trinity has three arms, SORTING, STORAGE, and SEARCHING.
Do you notice which comes first? In lots of lists the most important ingredient is at the top. Putting extra wisdom and planning in SORTING will yield large dividends when STORING and SEARCHING
I’ve wasted hours searching hard drives, CD’s, jump drives, flash chips, and on-line storage for data I knew I had, but never could find. If only I had rubbed elbows with Melville Dewey as he created the catalog/sorting system we’ve all used in libraries over the years. Technology advancements have enlarged our storage capacity footprints beyond imagination, with staggering file types that really complicate the SORTING for STORAGE process. Our hard drives quickly become data attics of piles of stuff we’re sure we can make great use of, later. 
Sorting goes far beyond keeping objects or files that are similar, together… say by date, customer, storage bin etc. Our inventory of data containing personal information, passwords, date-dependent, even climate controlled and contamination considerations must be thought of. Maybe a quick example might be contribution data a missionary in a tropical location has on his/her laptop where locked doors and locked rooms would be impossible. 
The principles to consider have to do with SORTING your data.
However odd it seems, you’ll get some valuable guidelines for sorting, and then storage, and especially advanced Google searches in the Bible. In fact, in the Old Testament scripture dealing with the Israelite menu and also leprous patients beginning in Leviticus 11. 
Following is an excerpt from our eBook Fine Tuning the Powerhouse in My Shoes. (Chapter 3 used with permission)
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SORTING It All Out. 
None of us could live a day without SORTING things. Stated again, we do it instinctively. We will touch on several types of sorting presented in Leviticus. The most popular one is Groups within Groups. 
§        Groups within Groups type of sorting is illustrated in Lev. 11:13-23. Of the flying things, insects (v 20+) is defined as a subgroup. Examples of this subgroup are listed in verse 22. We see this technique used in
o       Creating an outline,
o       A company organizational chart,
o       The Dewey Decimal System at libraries,
o       Grouping files in folders and subfolders, on our hard drive.
Here are some other sorting methods taught in scripture and used by our computers: 
§        Grouped by Association type of sorting is shown in verses 24-40. If a Jew came in contact (associated) with something that was dead, he/she was pronounced, “unclean”. Your computer makes great use of associations in how it works with regard to filename endings. Click on ‘help’ and type in ‘associations’ to find out.
§        Grouped without Subgroups type of sorting is illustrated in verses 41-44 regarding creeping things. NOTHING that creeps is to be eaten.
§        Grouping that Never Changes type of sorting is called “static” grouping. It is demonstrated in the gender grouping of newborns and the mother’s purification in Lev 12:1-8.
§        Grouping that Continually Changes type of sorting is “dynamic”. In Lev. 13 – 15, the subject of Leprosy diagnosis and treatment is covered. The condition of the group of lepers changed almost daily and would certainly be “dynamic.”
 God’s word teaches us efficiency, safety, and especially how to Honor Him with the technology tools He has given us.
 Psalms 71:18

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