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
When going through a box of old photographs or viewing the latest digital pictures on your computer, did you ever ask, “I wonder where this photograph was taken?” Now a new software tool... More > can record the exact location of every digital picture in your collection. This includes old family photographs that you have scanned as well as new pictures that you or someone else takes with a digital camera.
This product will not do the detective work for you. You must still find where the picture was taken in the traditional manner. You then scan the photograph, saving it as a JPEG image. Once the photograph is on your hard drive, you use this small Windows program to embed the longitude and latitude information into the photograph in a hidden area of the image. Once the information is recorded, you and future viewers of the image will wonder no more. Even better, with the appropriate software, you can just click on an icon to display a map that shows the exact location.< Less
Like many people, I have owned and used digital cameras for years. I have always used them as “electronic box cameras.” That is, I just aim and shoot. The results have been variable: I... More > have captured some great shots as well as quite a few not-so-great images. I decided it was time for an upgrade.
Being a techie, I decided not to opt for just any ol’ camera. I wanted a suitable one with lots of buttons, switches, bells, whistles, megapixels, and whatever gadgets I could find. I eventually purchased one that met those requirements. It also turned out to be a great learning experience.
In recent weeks I have wrestled with ASA settings, filters, RAW versus JPG images, and other things that I had never dreamed existed. I think the result has been worth it. I have snapped some great pictures in the past few weeks, better than anything that I have ever taken before.< 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
One of the vexing problems with old cemeteries and historical sites is the difficulty of finding the locations of unmarked graves. In many cases, the desire is to locate the graves so that they may... More > be identified and left undisturbed by new construction. To be sure, the locations may have been marked at one time with wooden or even stone markers. However, the ravages of time, weather, animals, vandals, and acid rain over the years may have removed all traces of those markers. Locating unmarked graves is also vitally important in solving murder cases.
Historically, the only method of finding unmarked graves has been to start digging – not a very practical solution. However, modern technology now allows cemetery associations, historical societies, family societies, genealogists, archaeologists, police departments, and others to identify the locations of buried bodies and other objects with no digging required.< 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
The millions of genealogy records available online are a huge help to genealogists. Today we all can sit at home and use our computers to search records that only a decade ago were often unavailable... More > to us. Only ten years ago, we had to travel to distant repositories to find many of these records in person or on microfilm, often expending a lot of time and effort. Even then, many of the records had not been indexed a decade ago. Today’s new computerized indexes have made the records better and easier to use.
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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
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