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Retrieve a Stolen Laptop By Dick Eastman
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My laptop computer was stolen from the trunk of my automobile a couple of years ago. I wrote about it at the time at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/11/i_wuz_robbed.html. I filed... More > a stolen property report with the police, but I never did get the laptop back. Shortly after obtaining a replacement laptop, I installed a commercial program that was billed as a sort of "LoJack for Laptops." I was never too impressed with the $40 program. I later discovered a free solution. Even better, there is no annual fee or any other fees for tracking services. This program is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux laptops.< Less
Moving From a Desktop to a Laptop Computer By Dick Eastman
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A newsletter reader wrote this week, asking a number of excellent questions. Here is an excerpt from that message: 1. Do you recommend any particular basic software, memory, accessory requirements... More > for a laptop that is to be used primarily for genealogical research? I would like a laptop to which I could export slide shows for display and/or lecture purposes. 2. Will I need to buy another version of TMG [The Master Genealogist] software to download on the laptop or can I transfer the software I already own onto another machine? Is it possible to export slide-shows as long as the software programs are identical or from the same supplier? 3. What is the best way to transfer data back and forth from the new laptop into my PC, and vice versa? If that best way is by burning data into a CD-ROM, how time-consuming a process is that? I'd like a short process possible!< Less
The Latest Practical (?) Gadget: A Two-Pound Laptop By Dick Eastman
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This week I have been using a new laptop computer that is about the size of a VHS videotape. In fact, I can carry this powerful laptop in my overcoat pocket. This tiny computer weighs about two... More > pounds (0.92 kilograms). It is an ideal system for use when traveling since it is so portable. This laptop’s keyboard is a bit smaller than standard computers, but one of my touch typist friends was able to use it easily after about five minutes’ practice. This coat-pocket sized computer even includes more than 40 built-in applications.< Less
Provide Wi-Fi Service at Your Next Genealogy Conference By Dick Eastman
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Anyone who is traveling can tell you what a great convenience a laptop or handheld computer is. That device, along with an Internet connection, can keep the traveler in touch with home, business,... More > personal interests, and all the other “online necessities” of modern life. Most laptop computers sold these days include built-in high-speed wireless, or “Wi-Fi,” networking. If your society is planning to hold a genealogy conference, you might think about providing Wi-Fi Internet access for your attendees. If you publicize the availability of such access well ahead of time in your conference brochures, you may encourage more people to attend. You may be surprised at the low costs of providing Internet access. In fact, when divided by the number of attendees who will use the service, Wi-Fi access costs per attendee become very reasonable.< Less
Traveling with Wireless Internet Access By Dick Eastman
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With today's technology, you do not have to give up your e-mail and various web sites when traveling. You can easily access your favorite genealogy sites as well as your preferred online bank... More > account, stockbroker, news sites, sports scores, airline sites, and even the weather reports from many locations. Do you want to change your reservation for tomorrow's return flight home? Pull out your laptop and check all the possible alternatives from wherever you are. You can also communicate easily via e-mail with family and friends. You can make free long distance voice calls to friends and family back home if you have Skype installed. You can do all this from your laptop Windows or Macintosh computer or even from a handheld computer.< 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
A Free and Easy Way to Keep the Same Files on Multiple Computers By Dick Eastman
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I recently installed some new software that has quickly become indispensable. If you own two or more computers, such as a desktop and a laptop, and you need to keep the same files on each of them,... More > read on.< Less
Cheap or Free Long Distance Calls on Your Cell Phone By Dick Eastman
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I have written before about Skype, the service that allows you to talk around the world from your computer. The basic (free) Skype service allows your Skype-equipped computer to place voice calls to... More > any other Skype-equipped computer in the world, free of charge. You can talk for hours with your relatives in Australia or with your college buddy in Pakistan and never pay a dime for toll calls. One disadvantage of Skype is that you have to use your computer to place calls. In most cases, this means you can only use Skype from home or from the office or from wherever you can connect your laptop to a broadband connection. A new product extends the Skype service to your cell phone or to any other telephone.< 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
Few Words about PowerPoint By Dick Eastman
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Warning: This article contains personal opinions. As you might expect with any conference of 150 or more presentations, there are many stories to be told at this year’s conference of the... More > National Genealogical Society. The one that surprised me this week was the high failure rate of hardware and software among the presenters. I heard stories of no less than six different presenters who had major problems with their laptop computers, operating system, PowerPoint slides, or other critical computer tools. Perhaps there are two or three lessons to be learned here.< Less