Do you 'zz' old files rather than deleting them?
When you are regularly creating new releases of a cool .NET application or simply producing new proposals in Microsoft Word, files will inevitably become outdated. Rather than hit the DELETE key put a 'zz' at the front of the filename. The old versions should not be deleted straight away - it is just an unnecessary risk! The zz'd files can remain there until you need more space, then you should delete them.
Figure: 'ZZ' your files rather than deleting them! Alternatively add a folder named zz and move the outdated files into the new folder.
Note: Other systems are used that are less aggressive than our 'zz' rule.
- In .NET, the keyword obsolete is used to mark types and members of types that should no longer be used - these then turn up as a compiler warning.
- In HTML, the keyword deprecated is used.
Both allow for some backward compatibility.