GPS: More About GeoSetter

by JL Beeken on 11-27-2010

GeoSetterNeedless to say, my personal GPS co-ordinates are a little fuzzy these days. It’s now been over three months since my computer crashed, i.e. since life was hunkered down in a predictable groove. The temperature was about 75 F and I wasn’t wearing undershirts yet. … [continued]

Searching Files

by JL Beeken on 3-01-2010

For those still floundering in genealogy file overload and general disorganization—

The general file challenge breaks down into 3 parts: naming your files, organizing your files and searching your files. And then, if you have any time left over, linking them to your genealogy database. And if you’re really far ahead of the game, doing creative projects with them.

Today, I’ll revisit searching files and see what’s new. … [continued]

Internet Privacy & Browsing History

by JL Beeken on 2-15-2010

The other day a friend phoned and we got sidetracked into talking about Internet privacy. Or, rather, lack thereof. I hadn’t thought about it too much except that, by instinct, I don’t like social networking sites. … [continued]

Old Floor Plans

by JL Beeken on 12-11-2009

Google EarthI’m on a search for old floor plans from my past and, coincidentally, someone came looking on this site today for “how to see inside my house with Google Earth”. That’s pretty funny.

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Google Search

by JL Beeken on 2-01-2009

Google SearchThe actual numbers are unknown to anyone except Google but there are guesses. How many searches are done on Google every day? The guesses range from 200 million to 10 billion. And a very, very … very small percentage of those searches lead to this website.

But nevertheless my own statistics are interesting … to me. The most popular Google search queries, by far, leading to JLog in 2008 were:

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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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Google Maps API

by JL Beeken on 9-21-2008

Google Maps APIFellow JLikians, makers of genealogy wikis, how about moveable maps? Google Maps API is here to show you how.

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Google Maps: Street View

by JL Beeken on 2-22-2008

Google MapsMarlo Schuldt of Heritage Collector sent me two emails about this.

And this will give some people pause. Google is photographing houses. If not yours yet, someday.

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Desktop Search: Copernic & Google

by JL Beeken on 3-06-2007

If you don’t have desktop search software yet, this is a real handy item. A desktop search engine will index every file on your hard-drive and external drives, or any part thereof you choose, and bring up a list of search results faster than you can type in a complete word. They’re extremely useful for finding things on your computer, things you’re looking for or things you don’t know you even have.

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Google Earth: Expand Your Research

by JL Beeken on 1-02-2007

Google Earth

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