News & Views

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I banished 1,377 distant (Quaker) cousins today. They’re not cousins so says an email contact. They weren’t even friends with the Presbyterians I thought they were descended from. … [continued]

What Is This?

by JL Beeken on 1-31-2011

I decided to spend the day cleaning out my storage area because I haven’t done it for years and I’ve been tossing things any-old-where for all that time. But not cleaning all of it because that’s too much of a challenge for one day … only 8 boxes. … [continued]

Blog Awards 2010

by JL Beeken on 12-13-2010

Blog awards time again. While I was cruising through my website stats, I clicked on a link going back to something about awards and found out someone nominated my blog for the 2010 Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs in the Technology category. Really? … [continued]

Pedigree Charts

by JL Beeken on 10-13-2010

When I was a kid, my family only bought dogs with pedigree and I think that was my first experience with the word ‘pedigree’. I didn’t understand why they had to be so uppity about it. … [continued]

And Then What I Found Out …

by JL Beeken on 9-30-2010

… after being transferred around to the usual half a dozen or so incorrect locations, including Pro Support in the U.S. and Federal Government Tech Support in Canada, (the Canadian government uses DELL computers?) … [continued]

Day 23

by JL Beeken on 9-13-2010

The moment the graphics card died. 4:25 AM August 22, 2010. I can’t believe I was up at that hour but that’s what the camera says. … [continued]

September 11, 2001 Remembered

by JL Beeken on 9-11-2010

At 1PM (4PM New York time) I turned on the television. It was an old television with one channel. Monday to Friday at 1PM I would watch a favorite show for an hour, kicking the box every few minutes to keep the picture tube running, and then turn it off. … [continued]

Family Comes in Many Forms

by JL Beeken on 8-06-2010

I noticed awhile ago that a wasp had taken up residence in the driver’s side mirror of my car – a 10+ year old foreign model in case you’re wondering. … [continued]

Online Purchase Protection

by JL Beeken on 8-03-2010

Sometimes you get in trouble online and you need some good old online purchase protection.

The economy is twisting this way and that and people are doing whatever they’re doing to make a good thing out of lemons. This is not always done with the highest regard for integrity and the feelings of others. ‘Tis the way of the world. … [continued]

Technology Fatigue

by JL Beeken on 5-11-2010

We live in a time of many strange diseases. Technology fatigue is one of them.

One of my monitors got tired and died. I stepped out of the room for a minute and when I got back one of them was black. Up and died, just like that. When suddenly confronted with the situation, it occurred to me I don’t really need a computer. Do I? It’s not my child or my aging mother or anyone who seriously requires attention. What about me? Do I get to be tired? Do I get to turn black any time I feel like it? … [continued]