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Comment: Genealogy Cruises Versus Conferences By Dick Eastman
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If interest in genealogy is declining, why is interest in genealogy cruises soaring? Or is it simply a symptom of a different problem: the possibility that traditional national genealogy conferences... More > are no longer attracting genealogists like they used to?< Less
Genealogy Cruises Compared By Dick Eastman
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The year 2007 has seen three major genealogy cruises departing from North American ports. I was fortunate enough to be a participant on all three and decided to write a bit about my experiences. If... More > you are thinking about joining a future genealogy cruise, my experiences may help identify the best future cruise for you as well as for your traveling companions.< Less
Securing Your Home Computer By Dick Eastman
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Your computer is under attack! If you ever connect your computer to the Internet, it is constantly exposed to viruses, spyware, password-stealing programs, and more. The unprotected computer can be... More > compromised within seconds after going online. This article will discuss Windows systems. To be sure, viruses, spyware and other attacks theoretically could exist for Macintosh and Linux systems. However, experience has shown that such problems are very rare on Linux and Macintosh. Ninety-nine percent of the attacks occur on Windows systems because of its popularity and its many security holes. Luckily, a few simple precautions can keep your Windows computer safe and secure.< Less
Web 2.0 for Genealogists By Dick Eastman
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Lots of new buzzwords are creeping into Internet-related vocabularies: Web 2.0, social networking sites, wikis, folksonomies, XML, and more. I thought I would write a mostly non-technical explanation... More > of Web 2.0. I will do so from a genealogist's point of view. In short, I will try to answer the question, "What does Web 2.0 mean to genealogists?"< Less
Reduce Unwanted E-mail Messages By Dick Eastman
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NOTE: Many online companies do not want you to read this article because it describes a simple method of avoiding most of their advertising e-mail messages. One of the handiest tools available for... More > any Internet user is disposable e-mail addresses. There are several scenarios where you might want to receive e-mail from a company for a few days but not be bothered with advertising e-mails in future weeks. Disposable e-mail addresses are a perfect tool for this scenario.< Less
In Search of the Smallest PC Available By Dick Eastman
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I travel quite a bit, both for business and for pleasure. Under the term “pleasure,” I include genealogy-related trips. I spend considerable time going to genealogy libraries, archives,... More > town halls, and cemeteries. Like many people today, I am also “connected.” That is, I use e-mail, the web, and other online resources frequently. As a result, I own a laptop computer and use it a lot when traveling. The various advertisements make it sound so easy to travel with a laptop. After all, it only weighs six pounds or perhaps a bit less. That should be easy to take along and use daily, right? Wrong!< 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
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
Tools for Presenters By Dick Eastman
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As your genealogy expertise increases, you may find yourself in demand as a speaker at genealogy meetings and conferences. If you become knowledgeable about researching a particular ethnic group or... More > the records of a particular area or a genealogy program, others will seek your advice. In fact, being asked to speak on a topic is flattering to the speaker and can also provide a service to those in the audience. The words you speak may help others accomplish tasks they otherwise might never attempt. Of course, public speaking brings with it many challenges. By far, the biggest obstacle is the butterflies in the stomach. Next, learning how to make public presentations can be a challenge. Finally, in most cases, you need to have "presenters' tools." Nowadays, that means a laptop computer, presentation software, a projector, a laser pointer, and more.< Less