Sharing Files

Dropbox Shareable Links

by JL Beeken on 3-09-2011

Dropbox(Update: Dropbox Shareable Links was a passing concept on the path of development. It’s much simplified now. See Dropbox Links.)

Someone emailed me last weekend for some help with linking web pages in a particular way. It wasn’t a difficult question but she had a list of requirements for how she wanted it to work and how she didn’t. So, having knocked every other option out of the ring, what was left was Dropbox Shareable Links. … [continued]

Sharing Dropbox Files

by JL Beeken on 2-09-2011

DropboxWhen I said, in Mind Mapping a Research Toolbox, that you can keep files in your Public Dropbox folder to yourself a question came up about how safe this is. These links are from the Dropbox domain so could they be indexed by the search engines. Or do they have to be linked from another website in order to be indexed and seen? … [continued]

Sharing Genealogy, Part 2: Sneaky Tactics

by JL Beeken on 9-28-2010

No-one wants to share your genealogy? No-one wants your houseful of paper, right? That’s the problem. It’s just more stuff they have to store somewhere.

You have to get a little devious here. Think sneaky tactics. … [continued]

Sharing Genealogy, Part 1

by JL Beeken on 9-25-2010

Back at one of my favorite topics – sharing genealogy with family members who can’t even pronounce the word. … [continued]

AirDropper: Dropbox For Non-Dropbox Users

by JL Beeken on 9-04-2010

DropboxProblem solved. AirDropper is a way for your Dropbox-less friends to send files to your Dropbox.

Seems it would be easy enough for them to get their own Dropbox account and share a folder with you but this is not always the case. My cousin, Sam, for instance could not sign up for Dropbox without getting lost. Email address, password, download and install a small file. That’s all it takes. … [continued]

My Criminal Ancestors

by JL Beeken on 5-23-2010

My Criminal AncestorsOver at Scanfest today, the conversation turned to telling tales of our less-than-stellar ancestors. Yes, we all have some. … [continued]

JLiki: Storytelling With Wikis

by JL Beeken on 5-17-2010

Since alternate methods of publishing are a source of consternation at the Legacy Mailing List again … And since I’m on a bender with MRINs again … And since I’ve been working on my personal version of JLiki the last couple of days … … [continued]

DropboxOff to a slow start with Dropbox, but I’ve got it now. Backing up, syncing and sharing files is what this is about.  You download and install a small file that makes a folder on your computer called ‘My Dropbox’. It fits right in with My Pictures and My Videos in Windows.  It also works on Mac and Linux.

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Google My Maps

by JL Beeken on 1-21-2009

Google My MapsAs we know, telling stories of our ancestors is much enhanced by the use of photographs. Oftentimes a map can make a story clear in a way that words cannot. My Maps at Google will allow you to make annotated, customized maps that can be shared in a variety of ways and what could be better than that?

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JLiki Postscript

by JL Beeken on 8-12-2008

After more than a month harping on about JLiki I feel like I must have been talking in a vacuum. I know some of you read through from beginning to end but it’s so quiet out there. (I expected a parade.)

After almost two years of thinking out loud this feels like the end of the road for me, organization-wise. My genealogy computer life has gone from increasingly complicated to flat-out simple in about a minute. In the end my main interest is output because why else am I doing this? If just to entertain myself it wouldn’t be enough. Everything else is on the path to getting there.

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