Quantum OS is my operating system which in no way suggests I am a computer. Rather, it is a set of notes that describe the rules and standards I have determined are best to manage my digital information as I see fit.

Overarching principles

I Don’t Duplicate Public Knowledge because it is a waste of my time.

Managing content

I want to……manage the Digital Garden
Attach a filePhoto, image and attachments guidelines
Tag a journal entryJournal tags
Add Maps of ContentMaps of Contents guidelines
Create section introSection intros
Add a sourceSource guidelines
Add a tagTag guidelines
Check for consistency/errors+Index for QA
Index some contentIndex guidelines
Rate an itemHow I Apply Ratings
Understand backupsMy Backup Strategy

Selection of Landscapes

There are no hard and fast rules about what Landscapes are assigned to a note. I try to fit the descriptions as close as I can.

Productive Laziness and The Garden Shed are very close to Quantum OS in nature and the difference is subtle. They reflect the general approach and Quantum OS is my specific application. Theory and practice.

7 views in this landscape.


  • My Photo Dating Strategy

    Digital photos have the date and time taken embedded. Scanned prints, negatives and slides do not. This is a problem when the original non-digital image is scanned and there is no record alongside it of the date the photo was made. Digital Asset Management software such as IMatch or Lightroom requires a date.


  • My Backup Strategy

    I value backups of my data and systems. Having them means a level of security if something is lost, damaged, hacked, breaks. I may be over-compensating in some areas with multiple on-site and off-site backups. Where I do that, I’m also considering the other aspect of backups which is speed of restoration.


  • From Camera to Digital Asset Management

    This is the first of a series of articles I plan to write on how I take a photo or movie shot on a camera right through to archive with full metadata for future family historical purposes. My role in all this, apart from enjoying photograph myself, is to be the curator of photos for my family. Throughout the process my goal is to keep the original image in as pristine condition as possible and to only rename it or add metadata in a non-destructive manner.


  • Ingest Raw Photos

    Currently a placeholder as I work out how to get the flowchart on From Camera to Digital Asset Management linking properly. See also RAW Photo Developing.


  • Don't Duplicate Public Knowledge

    Within a Digital Garden it’s very easy to get caught in the trap of duplicating public knowledge that can be found elsewhere, or is otherwise known. For example, The Lord of the Rings is made up of Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. There is no benefit in me re-creating that structure here.


  • How I Apply Ratings

    There are as many systems to apply ratings as there are things which can be rated. Ratings are applied as keywords beginning with #rating/ Anything can be rated. This Digital Garden uses a 5-star scale applied as follows: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Life defining. Part of my identity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — I am certain to recommend this enthusiastically to people I think would be interested.


    • An Observational Blogger

      I’m primarily an observational blogger. Throughout the day I’ll notice something and think, “I wonder if that’s an example of…” and I’ll use it as the prompt to share what I’ve observed. There are three reasons for this. Writing helps my solidify my observations Observing helps be become better at understanding what’s working for me and what isn’t It prompts thinking in other readers such as yourself.