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
I own and operate a number of web sites, including http://eogn.com for this newsletter. I realize that having graphics, especially a site logo, adds appeal to the site, encouraging visitors to return... More > time and again. Creating such a logo is a problem for graphics-challenged individuals, such as myself.
Until recently, I had a choice of two methods of creating logos: (1.) do it myself, resulting in something that is rather crude looking, or (2.) hire someone to create the logo and other graphics for me. Now, thanks to computer software, I have a third choice.< Less
There are myriad ways to organize genealogy data. The “best method” depends upon your own preferences and organizational skills. For many of us, a computer is a valuable organizational... More > tool. Whether you use a high tech device or paper and pencil, eventually you will want to produce lists of ancestors or descendants. Ideally, those lists should be in a format that is easy to read and quickly understood. Sooner or later, you will look at assigning identity numbers to each individual.< Less
Is it time to stop the presses?
It seems that every week I report in this newsletter about more and more genealogy books that are being converted to electronic format. Sure, old books have been... More > digitized for several years now. However, even new books are now appearing as electronic publications.
Is this an indication of the end of book publishing as we know it? Will simple economics drive printed books out of existence?< Less
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
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
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
Are you eligible for citizenship in the country where your ancestors were born? You might not have to give up your American citizenship. Many Americans may be surprised to learn that they are... More > eligible for dual citizenship.< Less
Over and over we read articles bemoaning the lack of privacy. Lawmakers propose silly laws to "protect privacy" or to "stop identity theft." The proposed laws actually would do no... More > such thing. The fact is that we don't have any privacy today, laws or no laws. Our movements and our personal information are easily available to anyone who cares to check. In fact, our ancestors also had no privacy. The only difference is that today's technology makes it easier to spy on you, me, and other citizens.< Less
Genealogists love old books. Many of us would love to scan some of these books for our own use or to make them available to others when copyright laws allow. Scanned books can easily be distributed... More > on CD-ROM disks or via online web sites. The only difficult part is the scanning of the original books.
Almost any scanner can be used to make images of old books. However, using a desktop scanner purchased at the local computer store has significant disadvantages. For one thing, these units are designed for scanning photographs and other individual sheets of paper. They do not work well for bound books. Trying to place a bound book onto the glass plate of a typical inexpensive scanner can damage the book's binding. In addition, words printed near the center binding will not be flat against the glass, causing "curling." If OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software is used, the words near the center binding are difficult to decode and will lead to high error rates.< Less