The Easy Way to Copy Genealogy Data to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
Genealogists using any of Apple's handheld computers or cell phones have a number of genealogy programs to choose from. I have written reviews in the past of FamViewer, MobileTree, Shrubs, GedView,... More > and other programs. These allow a genealogist to carry his or her entire database in a shirt pocket or purse at all times.
Most of these programs have two different methods of copying data from a desktop computer to the handheld. I would term these as (1.) the easy way and (2.) the hard way. I am a firm believer in using the easy way of accomplishing most any task.< Less
How to Encrypt Your Files for Security
Subtitle: Everything you wanted to know about encryption but didn't know who to ask
This article tells how to encrypt information stored on your computer, stored on a jump drive in your pocket, or... More > being sent across a network connection.
Encryption is the one thing that allows computer users, financial services, and even governments to securely move information around the Internet and to store that information safely, away from prying eyes.< Less
Never Save Original Photos in JPG Format!
JPG has become very popular in the past fifteen years and for very good reasons. Storing images in JPG format consumes much less disk space than many other file formats. That was very important some... More > years ago. However, as disk prices have plunged, the requirements for squeezing as much out of each kilobyte as possible have decreased.
As good as JPG is, we do need to keep in mind that it also has significant drawbacks. Primarily, the “advantage” of image compression is also a disadvantage.< Less
Best Online Backup Tools for Windows and Macintosh
Backups are important for any computer user but are doubly important for anyone who records information on a computer and wishes to preserve that information for years, perhaps for decades. That... More > description includes genealogists, historians, and many, many more people who care about their data. This article was written from a genealogist's viewpoint but should provide useful information for any computer user.< Less