Thursday, January 05, 2006

READERS' FEEDBACK: Playing Catch Up

-- Installing PAF on your flash drive
-- Research: We can do it faster, but is it better?
-- Old time memories
-- Panda software
-- Memory Sticks (a type of flash drive)

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INSTALLING PAF ON YOUR FLASH DRIVE
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From: Cryptfindr@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
While a "flash drive" is a wonderful tool for collecting data, I would discourage anyone from using it as permanent storage for their records. A flash drive is a portable hard drive and it can "crash" resulting in the lose of all the records that are stored there. I use my flash drive to collect records and then transfer the data to CD for a more permanent storage.

From: Thomas Herson
DearMYRTLE,
I just saved a Family Tree File and the Family Tree Maker 2006 program to my flash drive. When I tried to open the file, a message came up that said that an FTM file would not operate from a flash drive and that I should copy the file to the hard drive. Does this mean that If I were in a library or at someone else's computer that I must copy the file to that hard drive before being able to use it and then delete the file when finished?

DearTOM,
I know of no library or archive that allows patrons to install software on their computers. Of course the FHCs already have PAF. I guess the example of PAF provided by
http://www.svpafug.org/install.pdf doesn't apply to FTM 2006.
Myrt :)

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RESEARCH: WE CAN DO IT FASTER, BUT IS IT BETTER?
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From:
DearMYRTLE,
I've found that some of the census records online do not have the particular person I'm looking for, so end up using the first name and hoping the surname will look similar to what it is. You can't depend on how you "think" it is spelled, nor the Soundex. Works a lot of the time. -- Dora Mae Turner in AZ.

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OLD TIME MEMORIES
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From:
DearMYRTLE,
I was lucky to come from a family of savers, from Pennsylvania & Ohio so have some neat things I still use everyday. (I'm pushing 70 now.) Butter churn & crocks that are great for sauerkraut, pickles and wine, grandmothers kerosene lamp, glass knife, 3 generations of wooden rolling pins, milk can, woven fishing creel, trivets, hay hook, clothes sprinkler that fit in a pop bottle, wooden spoons, laundry scrub board, rug beater, large wooden pulley. It pays to be frugal 'cause these things don't break like the new-fangled cheap plastic stuff. As always enjoy reading your hard work in the genie camp and thank you for all your efforts. Have a wonderful Christmas day and a terrific New Year!

From:
DearMYRTLE,
In my experience when I was learning to spin, the combs were used for flax and were made differently than the cards which were used for wool or cotton depending on the size and density of the tines.

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PANDA SOFTWARE
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From: Bill Fitzgerald
DearMYRTLE,
Just read your latest column in the Everton's Genealogical Helper (Sept/Oct 2005) issue. You said that you run an anti-virus program called Panda between running Norton anti-virus. I tried to install the Panda and it said I was running McAfee anti-virus software and that I had to uninstall it before installing Panda. Did you have the same issue when installing Panda on your system with the Norton product on it? Do I really have to uninstall the McAfee each time I want to install the Panda program?

DearBILL,
Thanks for the feedback on this new column series called "COMPUTER HELPER" in Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine. Folks can find out more at:
http://www.everton.com

As to your question, you are absolutely correct, it is impossible to run 2 anti-virus software programs on the same system. The article mentions I use Norton Internet Security (including anti-virus) and then every other day I run an ACTIVE SCAN by going to http://www.pandasoftware.com . This is a free online scan, which doesn't interfere with the existing software residing on my computer.

Myrt :)

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MEMORY STICKS (a type of flash drive)
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From:
DearMYRTLE,
We used a memory stick recently for a family reunion. We had many old photos scanned into our computer memory. We used a free program from Windows called Photo Story 3 to put the pictures into a slide show with motion and synchronized music. We then loaded the finished show onto the memory stick and could easily take it to the family reunion for all to enjoy.
We also used a memory stick to store graphics for the local tee shirt printing shop to upload and much more quickly complete a printing order.

From: Lynn
DearMYRTLE,
Your web site is great! I'm learning but being in the 70s (age wise not 1970s) I don't know all the computer words, etc. Is there a course teaching how, what, when, where and anything else on the memory sticks? It sounds great.

DearLYNN,
One of the best things you can do if you are curious about computer gadgets is to join the local computer users group. We have a very active one in Bradenton, Florida. The ability to see a presentation, and interact with the instructor in a Q&A format at the end really makes for a great learning experience. If we could get it all from books, then we'd never socialize. Somehow there is always someone there willing to ask the questions others might be to shy to broach. And there are always one or two nuts in the group who have to try every new gadget that comes down the pike.

Now, way back in the mid-1880s... Oops, I mean 1980s. Anyway, back before ol' Myrt here knew much about computers, I found it was easier to take a friend with me to the computer users meetings because things seemed to go way over my head. Then at least we could have a good laugh and pick up an ice cream cone on the way home. But by persistence, things gradually began to sink in, and now I really love to go to these meetings. In fact in Florida, the three clubs I go to are attended mostly by retired folks, so don't worry. Check out your local senior center as well. Perhaps your genealogy society knows of a genealogy-oriented computer group.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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