I can’t wait… I think a V2 could be the most powerful Field Guide yet. In many ways, it could be the TROJAN HORSE that could connect the other Field Guides and MPU/Automators episodes to tie it all together. It’s in this way that it could have the most “crossover” appeal for civilians, muggles, etc.
But I think there’s also room for a higher-level discussion in its pages aimed at the MPUser specifically around the overarching Design of the ideal, scalable, “system”. A set of guiding principles that anyone could use to build their system regardless of the specifics of hardware, software and even cloud solutions. We can probably expect all of those to be around in the Future, they just may not be called what they’re called today.
What we know for sure, is that we will have many more files than we do today and use much less paper. When I first got PAPERLESS, it was with the thought of “I wonder if this is really possible…”. In 2020, going paperless is like: “Well, yeah… Of course!”… But then people will do it all wrong and this is where V2 would come in… To show them the best “HOW” out there.
I would echo the angle that @OogieM mentioned. I’ve come to realize that the main reason I revisited the book recently was to think about what’s in the first part of section 4:
4.1 = Naming Files
4.2 = Storing Documents
With a solid backup plan, I’ve chosen to go hard on nested folders, tagging and OCR for portability reasons (we’ll see how long I stay out of AI-powered “everything buckets”). I’m focusing more on organizing my system to make it easier to ACCESS/USE my files to avoid ever resenting all the days I spent scanning documents into it.
… For years it felt like I was taking tremendous care capturing and prepping my files only to send them off into space on a rocket, knowing that I’d never see them again. Which just makes you feel silly.