Tech Tips

Netbook Advice

by JL Beeken on 8-24-2010

My laptop isn’t just old; it’s senile. I see a netbook in my near future. Any advice on which one? I may not be able to answer you right away but will read all comments when I can.

Some interesting reading in the meantime: Intel Introduces Dual-Core Atom Processor for Netbooks

Please share your experience with netbooks and help me make a decision.

Thanks. Signing off…

The ‘What I Do’ meme suggested by GeneaBloggers. Defined as “what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby”. You’ve already heard most of mine but here we go again. … [continued]

WinMerge: Comparing Files Line By Line

by JL Beeken on 7-05-2010

WinMergeHere’s a common problem and a solution for comparing files line by line.

Let’s say you’re following someone’s research. You’ve got a cousin who has their own website and you trust what they’re doing but you don’t get to talk to them everyday and keep up on what’s happening. Or another cousin periodically sends you an updated chart by email. I’ve got a few cousins like that. … [continued]

VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4650

by JL Beeken on 6-30-2010

Beware VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4650 seekers.

#1 This is the graphics card I ordered:

VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4650

VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4650

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Directory List & Print

by JL Beeken on 6-29-2010

Directory List & PrintThis is genius. Directory List & Print. I’ve often been looking for something that will do exactly this – print a list of folder contents. I’ve always ended up taking a screenshot instead. … [continued]

Treadmill Computer Desks

by JL Beeken on 6-20-2010

I definitely need a treadmill computer desk.

After a month of steady rain, yesterday the sun was shining. The beginning of Summer. Just in the nick of time according to the calendar. As I was falling asleep last night, I made a plan. … [continued]

Projecting the Future

by JL Beeken on 4-25-2010

Yesterday was Convocation Day for the college. Exams are over and all but the summer students are now scattered to the winds. Just us few peons left to organize for next year. Next thing on the agenda is a brain-storming meeting. Basically, what that means is that I get to show up with a clipboard and a list of work to delegate. … [continued]

Foxit Reader

by JL Beeken on 4-19-2010

Here’s a dandy piece of software for genealogists. Foxit Reader. It also comes as Foxit Reader Portable.

Instead of being just your run-of-the-mill (very fast) PDF reader, it also has tools for: … [continued]

Echofon: Twitter In Your Browser

by JL Beeken on 10-17-2009

EchofonI admit I’m not a big Twit so far. That’s what Twitter-ers are called – Twits for short. It used to mean something else.

Anyway, I’m trying. And I came across a Firefox plugin to help me. It’s called Echofon. … [continued]

bgMaker: Free Background Maker

by JL Beeken on 9-09-2009

bgMaker is a free background maker.

Just like in Grade 2, I still love working with graph paper and making background patterns. … [continued]