Sometimes the right thing to do with a project is to give up on it.

I recently conducted an electronic archaeological dig into my past projects. It all began with a campus meeting about the ethical no-no’s of using state resources for personal gain. When our dean told us that everything on university equipment was “discoverable,” a faculty member replied that if “they” tried to take his computer, he’d first wipe the hard drive. So I started wondering what I had on my own computer (not state-owned) that I’d be afraid of someone finding.

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