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A Robust Document Management System for Genealogists By Dick Eastman
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week I added a rather extensive combination of hardware and software to my primary Windows PC. The word “genealogy” did not appear anywhere in the new product's description or... More > user’s manuals. Nonetheless, I believe my new acquisition will revolutionize how I store and manage my genealogy documents. I am now more organized than ever before. I also expect to spend less time and effort in managing and citing the many photocopies of documents that I have accumulated over the years. In short, I am converting my 4-drawer filing cabinet full of photocopied documents and other pieces of paper into a modern document management system. I am now able to retrieve any document within seconds. I can also directly attach these documents to the various records in almost any modern genealogy program.< Less
How to Create Podcasts By Dick Eastman
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Podcasting is the latest method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or videos, over the Internet for playback on personal computers or on portable music players. These broadcasts... More > are rapidly becoming very popular on the Internet. What began as a way of broadcasting music to iPod devices (hence the term “podcast”) has grown to include many kinds recordings that anyone can enjoy from any computer connected to the internet. It’s now easy and cheap enough that people like you and I can add recordings to our own web sites or to the web site of our local genealogical society, historical society, or museum.< Less
Scan, Copy, and FAX from Your Cell Phone By Dick Eastman
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I love technology. It allows us to do many things that were unthinkable only a few years ago. As hard core an enthusiast as I am, I still occasionally find new things that cause me to exclaim,... More > "Wow! That's neat!" I had one of those moments this week. I used a combination of technologies that I never dreamed of before. Yet, when I used the service for the first time, I instantly became a fan. This new service has many uses, but I immediately thought about using it on genealogy field trips. I know I will be using this service again and again.< Less
The Best Spam Filter is Free By Dick Eastman
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I used to have a spam mail problem. Everybody receives spam mail these days; but because my e-mail address is plastered all over the Web, I get more spam mail than most people. The "spam... More > harvesters" that scour the web looking for e-mail addresses always find mine. About 400 spam messages per day bombard me, many more than the number of legitimate e-mail messages I receive. A few months ago I found an easy solution. It works on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It deletes about 99.9% of the junk mail, and more importantly, it never deletes a legitimate message. I went from 400 or more spam mails per day in my in-box to less than five.< Less
Send Large Files By Dick Eastman
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Sending large files to other people, such as photographs, GEDCOM files, word processing documents, PowerPoint slides, video from your digital camera, or other large amounts of information can be... More > problematic. To be sure, there are many ways of accomplishing the task, but none of them are very convenient. All of this is complex enough make it difficult to send files to only one person. How about situations when you want to send pictures or other files to everyone at the last reunion? Perhaps 50 or 100 people? Perhaps some of them are using Windows while others use Macintosh. How do you handle that? The "simple" task of sending a few files to a group of people quickly becomes complex. Luckily, there is an easy answer. Best of all, the solution is available free of charge.< Less
Which is Better for Long-Term Storage of Records: Paper, Microfilm or Digital? By Dick Eastman
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“Conventional wisdom” amongst genealogists, historians, and archivists states that digital media is a poor method of storing data for decades or for centuries. This “conventional... More > wisdom” claims that the only practical method of storing information for many years is to do so on paper or on microfilm/microfiche. There's only one problem: “conventional wisdom” is wrong! To understand the challenges involved, let's first review the processes used by those who espouse “conventional wisdom.”< Less
Comments About Future Genealogy Software By Dick Eastman
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A newsletter reader wrote and described his tale of woe. He is unhappy with his current genealogy software and asked about any “reliable” genealogy software that will be supported for... More > years into the future.< Less
Find Anything on Your Hard Drive Within Seconds By Dick Eastman
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I always had a difficult time finding things on my computer. I often used to remark, “Now where did I put that?” Old newsletter articles, e-mail messages from two years ago, a web page... More > that I saved earlier this year, the letter I wrote to the local newspaper, and many more items seem to disappear amongst the thousands of items stored on my hard drive. I have been known to search and search for items only to eventually give up without ever finding them. It is easy to find things stored within the hundreds of millions of documents on the web. All you need to do is use any of several search engines, such as Google. I couldn't believe that it is easy to find information within hundreds of million web pages but difficult to do the same thing with a few thousand documents on my own hard drive!< Less
Protection from “Phishing” and More By Dick Eastman
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Would you like to protect your Windows, Macintosh, Linux, or handheld computer from known "phishing" web sites? Would you like your computer to correct typo errors when you enter web... More > addresses? Would you like your computer to run faster when surfing the web? One service can do all that. Best of all, it is available free of charge. Would you also like to have your computer automatically correct your typo errors when you enter web addresses (URLs)? For instance, if you enter "www.eogn.cm," wouldn't be nice if your computer "knew" that you wanted to end the address in "com" and automatically took you to www.eogn.com instead? Would you like your computer to surf the web faster than ever before? Best of all, would you like to do make these improvements to your computer in a minute or two at no charge?< Less
Free Online Word Processors By Dick Eastman
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Why would you spend hundreds of dollars for a word processing program? That seems silly in this day and age. You can use a very powerful word processor right now without touching your pocketbook and... More > also without installing any software.< Less