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2011-10-05 07:18 pm

There's almost always a work-around...

I was antsy for a few days because I could not post comments to Blogger blogs. (You'd have to know me in real life to understand just how chatty I am.)

The people I talked to about the problem had all sorts of suggestions and questions - even some where I'd part with some cash for diagnostics.

As an aside, now I ask you...why is one of the first suggestions *always* clear your cache? I mean seriously, how many times that you've done that has it really *fixed* anything? You just lose your history and bookmarks most of the time...

I don't think so - not until I exhaust all the free resources.

Like um...changing my browser.
Yep, Google Chrome and Firefox get 'er done. (Twelve percent of you get to my blog on Chrome,and 18% using Firefox.)

I'm back in the saddle.

There's almost always a work-around.
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2011-07-25 10:30 am

Google+ is biting the hands that feed it...


Google hyped its new Google+ to techies.

And then turned around and not only deleted their Google+ accounts, but purged them.

And a whole lot else. Some folks are reporting that they have lost their gmail, and all other Google services, including Google apps, with the purge.

I assume that would also mean Google cloud services...

Just another reason for me to stay out of the cloud.

Whatcha bet the techies will make war on this one?
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2011-07-21 02:03 pm

Don't think I'll be going "in the cloud..."

Many, many geneabloggers have written lots of posts on how important it is to back up your data.

And many of us use a variety of different ways to do that, some of us with all the zealousness it deserves.

And then, we sit back and still second-guess ourselves, wondering if we have covered all the bases.

So when the cloud services became available, I was intrigued.

No worries about fire, flood, tornado or other natural disaster at the cottage that may wreak havoc on my hardware back-ups.

The intrigue has lasted for nearly a year. The thing that kept me from seriously checking into cloud services was concern about intellectual property rights, as well as the possibility of the cloud service being hacked, coming under a DDoS attack or suddenly disappearing altogether.
Intellectual property rights are a serious issue for me.

If you have read the static entry at the top of this blog, you know I am in this to share. I tell people that right in the entry - particularly about the sharing of photos posted here.

But I also make it clear in that entry that the written content of this blog is copyrighted. I can't copyright factual information about any of the people in my family tree, but I can darned sure copyright my compilation and presentation of that data.

And defend my copyright.

Discussed my reservations today with one of my co-workers, who started doing a little nosing around on the net and found The Ed Bott Report, 7 Cloud Services Compared.

It was one of the best presentations yet on why, even if you hate all that legal mumbo-jumbo, you gotta read the terms of service for any cloud service provider you consider using.

I won't be granting anyone else a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display my content.

Not even in an area the provider considers public. It's *still* my content.

Am off to do some comparison shopping on 2 to 3 terabyte external hard drives...
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2010-12-30 06:40 pm

It was a good day for portable scanning...

Took my Flip-pal on the road today. All of 15 minutes up the interstate to my aunt's house.

I have lots of aunts. But this is an aunt who has, for 30 years, had physical custody of every family photo, news clipping, obituary, letter, or court document belonging to her parents.

For safe-keeping. From her brother and sisters, it would appear. Kind of a gatekeeper, as it were.

Last summer, I thought it would be a good idea to get all the stuff she had and bring it home to scan. Another aunt let that idea come up in conversation.

It was a wonderful idea! For about 8 hours or so.

Then, it was not a good idea...well, not right now.

Last week, I decided it was time to get serious about getting the stuff copied - and now, I didn't have to move anything out of my aunt's house. Backing up my Flip-pal with two digital cameras, I was completely portable and self-sufficient.

It took a week and five lengthy phone conversations.

My aunt enjoyed herself. We took a lunch break and went into town to eat.

She is now very into the "sharing" of family history, and says she is sure there is other stuff tucked away in closets.

So I will be going back again.

And sharing what I think is a really cool photo I got today. Finally, a photo of Julia Ann (Callaway) McBrayer Herrington, without a kid sitting on her lap. Her husband, Jasper Monroe Herrington, is standing next to her. It's the only photo of him that I have.


They were my great-grandparents.

And another, different photo of my grandmother, Addie Louise (Herrington) Burris. (Her parents above.)


Happy dance...
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2010-12-29 04:22 pm

Random musings...

Today has been a low-key day for me, by design.

In good news, I am fairly flying along on tracking a friend's ancestors, quite an interesting mix of Serbians (who were Serbian Orthodox in terms of religion) and German Catholics. Most seemed to have immigrated to the United States between 1847 and 1870, with the Vuletics arriving around the turn of the 20th century. Most of them were steel workers who lived in Cambria County, PA. Fabian Kessler and some of his sons were stone masons.

As I have noted with historic documentation on recent immigrants in my own and other family trees I maintain, they left good tracks. Often when I look at the political climate in the places they came from at the time of their departure, I wonder if they were used to being asked by the government for papers, please...

The day has not been without its challenges.

In the last six months or so, my internet service provider - Comcast - has not been providing me with the high speed internet access 24/7 for which I am paying. I mean, if I am going to invest a sum of money equivalent to two of my utility bills each month for lightning speed internet, I'm gonna have it.

Any. time. I. want.


It took about an hour and a half to get that handled. The email I sent last night when webpages timed out before they loaded paved the way.

Now, we have to decide how much they owe me for all my lag- and down- time...

I had forgotten I'd ordered the Goodspeed's for middle Tennessee on CD.

That was in the mailbox after the Comcast tech left.

I've briefly scanned it, and am ever so (slightly) disappointed that few of my direct forbears made the "who's who" list in 1886. Truth be told, I would not be a bit surprised if William Burris had left owing Lawrence County a sum for back taxes.

I guess he got on the right list.

However, there is excellent background on Lawrence County (and others) that will be useful in putting context to some of the ancestors' actions.

So it's all good.

Had a few minutes of concern about the laptop earlier. Acting strange and then wouldn't shut down to re-boot, so I had to turn it off.

All those files...

It was reassuring to have the DVDs of the complete back-up I did on 23 December sitting on the desk.

And didn't need them...
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2010-12-17 07:31 pm

It's here!

Super fast shipping on the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner. I ordered it two days ago.

I think I am in love.

It is as easy as they say, right out of the box. Moving parts are kept to a minimum. (Tip: do not discard your USB adaptor, thinking it is one of those little screaming plastic anti-theft things on the end of the packing...)

The default settings are scans at 300 dpi and 2 minutes before it goes to "sleep mode." I changed those. The only editing of photos I have done is cropping.

But I did scan this photo first at 300 dpi...

And then, at 600 dpi...

(That's my nephew several years ago...isn't he a cutie?)

All the remaining scans in this post were scanned on the 600 dpi setting.

It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of stitching. The photo below is the same one I posted yesterday. The photo in that post was scanned on my desktop scanner.

A newspaper clipping from 1943...

Other than the amazing portability of the scanner, I was most intrigued by the demo on 3D scans...

So I went hunting for grandma and great grandma's jewelry...

My grandma's necklace, purchased eons ago when she went to the Bahamas...


A piece from Great Grandma was always handed around the circle of oohing and aahing little great granddaughters, who were told it was the coral lavalier. It now hangs on the end of my prayer beads.

Some of you may not like smoky quartz clusters, but look at the detail of the dust that clung to the window protector sheet I used to keep from scratching the scanner glass!

Okay, and a couple of hairs from my Tigger cat...

I love this little guy...the only caution I have is that the little green "go" button is quite touchy...when you have the lid off and are picking the scanner up to move on to something else, it's real easy to get inadvertent scans.

Go on and get one. You know you want it.

Same disclaimer as before. I paid them. And it was an exceptional investment.
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2010-12-15 10:13 am
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Okay, it's on the way

I couldn't find a bad review on it.

They are all raves.

So, it's on its way to the cottage.

Mobile Scanning |

Once it gets here, I have a couple of places to take it immediately.

Disclaimer: No they are not paying me, I'm paying them...