Backup

Legacy Family TreeSo far, so good. In five years of MRIN filing I’ve never needed a backup of my MRINs.

But, what I have done occasionally is swap numbers around and lose track of where else the MRINs exist in my database. … [continued]

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]

Dropbox: Another Use For Shared Folders

by JL Beeken on 7-03-2011

DropboxHere’s another reason to use Dropbox to share files.

Yesterday I called my cousin in Georgia, as I do periodically.

She was in the midst of backing up all her files to disk because her computer was acting funny, sending up ‘weird messages’ and crashing every few minutes. … [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]

Windows LIveNow comes the nasty part of the Windows Live Photo Gallery Cleanup. The ANCESTORS. 108 folders with 6,173 files. Although, not every single one of them is an image file. A few are text or PDF. It’s a broad count. Maybe there’s only 5,586 images, precisely. … [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]

Digital Preservation

by JL Beeken on 11-01-2010

Moving on to lighter matters. Preservation of your digital files.

If you think because your files are backed up to extra hard-drives and disks you’re good to go for the next hundred years, or even five, think again. … [continued]