Ok, I'll admit it. I really like system archaeology.
It's like some strange combination of a system administrator, grey hat cracker, security expert, information archivist, hacker, propeller-hat role. I don't know how to explain it.
And I've been doing it on my own system.
Note that "digital folklore" (native web culture, etc) is not related.
What's funny is that everything everywhere has my fingerprints all over it, but it's been so long that I don't remember anything. Yet when I stumble across something, it feels like there's some other version of me that's still alive and still concerned about that particular bit of data.
I still leave copious amounts of comments everywhere I go. I leave them Everywhere possible, really. It's not that it helps me organize things - because I'm still working on that - but it does help entertain me.