Tech Tips

Bookmarks are the cheap cure for being overwhelmed.

Simply — When I sit down at my computer I’m either doing my own work or reading, watching or listening to someone else’s. Multitasking is trying to do more than one at the same time. … [continued]

Backup Time | Legacy Family Tree

by JL Beeken on 5-30-2013

Legacy Family TreeI noticed something about Legacy Backup time while I was generating dozens of backups in a day working on the family file. … [continued]

Bookmark Management

by JL Beeken on 11-10-2012

What I’ve been doing lately is trying to make something useful of my bookmarks. It’s not another bookmark manager that’s needed; it’s bookmark management. … [continued]

Switch To Wireless Internet

by JL Beeken on 1-29-2011

This week I decided to switch to wireless Internet. … [continued]


by JL Beeken on 1-05-2011

After eons without, JLog now has gravatars! Most of you do not. A gravatar is the icon that shows next to blog comments, usually a person’s face but it doesn’t have to be. Mine is not. If you want your own, instead of an auto-generated one, go to … [continued]

Jarte: Rich Text Editor

by JL Beeken on 12-02-2010

I mentioned in Essential Software I was looking for a replacement for the Windows 7 version of WordPad. Well, I found one. It’s called Jarte. Fortunately it has a portable version because I love portable software. Funny for someone who hates traveling and would happily stay home forever if I had a personal shopper, but there you go. Another of life’s fun little contradictions. … [continued]

MarkUp: Draw On Web Pages

by JL Beeken on 10-10-2010

Do you ever wish you could write on a web page so you can send it to someone and show them what you mean? MarkUp lets you do that.

No installation required. Just drag the icon to your bookmarks menu.

Go to a web page. Click the MarkUp icon. Draw, add text, and publish. “Publish” will give you a shortened URL to send to others. They can ‘markup’ back to you.

Right now MarkUp is in beta.

Why There Are No Gravatars At JLog

by JL Beeken on 10-03-2010

The story of why they are no gravatars at JLog is a long one.

Back in the day, a few of you will recall, when JLog began, it wasn’t on WordPress. It was some kinky thing I threw together using NVu. Because NVu is a blank screen. And I’ve never been able to resist a blank screen. They remind me of blank paper. … [continued]

Folder Marker Free

by JL Beeken on 9-13-2010

Folder Marker Free, all you organization-crazed genealogists!

No backup option in the free version but fun in the meantime. After installation, ignore the screen for the ‘updated version’.

Compatible with: Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista or Windows 7. x32 or x64 editions

Here’s a nifty little tool for editing PDFs in case you need one. PDF-XChange Viewer. It’s portable and free.

PDF-XChange Viewer

It’s not absolutely everything but it will take you quite far.