... is a little closer to reality. My new Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M showed up, and I've spent some time getting through my file cabinets and clearing out a bunch of clutter. So far, I've managed to scan and shred about 18 inches of paper. My workflow at this time uses DevonThink Pro Office, which offers a seamless integration with the ScanSnap. I load the document into the ScanSnap, push a button, and a few seconds later, I have a fully searchable PDF in my DevonThink database.
The ScanSnap is a little expensive, but knowing what I know now, I only wish I would not have waited this long. It does not get much easier than this.