Legacy Family TreeThere’s no such thing, technically speaking, as running Legacy from Dropbox.

Dropbox is a storage location; it’s not an operating system.

There are many ways of running the same Legacy Family Tree database on multiple computers but this is probably the simplest way to run Legacy from Dropbox, meaning using the database stored on Dropbox.

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In an effort to clean up lately I’ve found an easier route to update software. I tried Update Notifier but I like this better.  It’s under my immediate control and doesn’t require additional software that might give me only partial results. … [continued]

Cleaning Your Carbonite Backup Drive

by JL Beeken on 3-27-2011

CarboniteIf you use Carbonite you’ll know that it creates a Backup Drive on your computer where you can view all the files that are backed up to their server as well as all files that are pending backup. … [continued]

A Simple Backup Plan

by JL Beeken on 3-23-2011

I just watched Thomas’ webinar (available at Legacy webinars on CD) called Backing Up: Your Genealogy Data and if I didn’t already have a simple backup plan I still wouldn’t. … [continued]

Finding The Ancestors

by JL Beeken on 11-25-2010

Finding the ancestors is a challenge right now but I’m making progress.

Anyone who doesn’t have a Windows Live Photo Gallery disaster on their hands is probably saying, “Whew, glad it wasn’t me.” Or if you don’t use Vista or Windows 7, you might be saying, “Whew, nothing to do with me, Next!”

For the few of us left, and for the future … … [continued]

A Backup Plan: External Hard-Drives

by JL Beeken on 11-12-2010

Today, my second Western Digital WD Elements 640 GB Portable External Hard Drive arrived in the mail from Amazon. It’s presently in the midst of receiving my 200 GB of personal files.

Here’s an actual Fort Knox backup plan. I thought I already had one. Surprise! … [continued]

CarboniteYou’ve now heard about how Windows Live Photo Gallery applied false GPS co-ordinates to 10,000 of my photographs. Then you heard about how WLPG also damaged the EXIF on those photos.

Now for some better news. … [continued]

Yet Another Backup Story

by JL Beeken on 9-10-2010

So, the big question is: Did my files survive the computer crash? How well did my file backup serve me?  Because we just love to hear those stories of utter devastation, don’t we? The pictures of towers burnt to a crisp. Melted hard-drives. Wisps of charcoal where wires used to be. … [continued]

PicasaAwhile ago I recommended Picasa 3 to you. It’s fun and interesting and all that but there’s a little problem with backups. Picasa does offer the option of backing up your entire photo collection but it’s labour-intensive, inefficient and redundant. If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you should already be keeping at least one up-to-date backup of your entire photo collection. The issue here is backing up the work you do in Picasa. … [continued]

BoxBoxBox is a different type of online backup than Mozy or Carbonite. Although you will, of course, be backing up your files online, you can also move them around between folders, rename and edit them online. You can also share your files from their online location in any configuration you choose. You can give access to one folder to one person or group of people, and access to other files to other people, all at your choosing. You can also collaborate with other people in your online space. … [continued]