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Monday, December 07, 2015

GenTools Study Group - Equipment: 9 Dec 2015



DearREADERS,
This week's GenTools Study Group will bring into focus our favorite pieces of equipment. Homework is to create a blog post or Google Doc showing two or three of your favorite pieces of equipment. It might be a specific camera, scanner, computer or ??? As with most DearMYRTLE study groups, homework is to be submitted in advance. For this session, post your link in comments here.

Cannot attend during the *live* session? No problem. DearMYRTLE's hangouts are automatically archived and available within the hour after the live hangout concludes. See details below.

WHERESure you can watch this hangout below, but why not connect where you can VIEW and COMMENT during the *live* session here: https://goo.gl/iuNQPl




WHEN
Wednesday
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

HERE are the scheduled topics each week:
2 Dec 2015 - Organization Tools - archived here: https://goo.gl/iuNQPl
9 Dec 2015 - Equipment - archived here: http://astore.amazon.com/dearmyrtlerecommends-20/detail/B004SFHPR4
16 Dec 2015 - Note Taking Tools
23 Dec 2015 - Transcribing and Indexing Tools
30 Dec 2015 - Research Tools
6 Jan 2016 - Map Tools
13 Jan 2016 - Analysis Tools
20 Jan 2016 - Compiling Tools
27 Jan 2016 - Sharing Tools

If you need a time zone converter, here's one DearMYRTLE recommends:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

FEE
This DearMYRTLE Hangout on Air is presented at no cost to attendees. If you find the information useful, consider the Pay What You Want business model Ol' Myrt employs:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2015/03/hangouts-pay-what-you-want.html

VIEW and post COMMENTS before, during and after the Hangout on Air here:
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

We open the "green room" 15 minutes early if you'd like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we "scramble" to mix up the conversation a bit with new panelists

This is Ol' Myrt's homework:

Portable LED USB-Powered Monitor from AOC. It's about $89 and can sit vertically or horizontally. It works great with my laptop, though it is usually hooked up to my desktop computer. I use it every day. Thanks to Dick Eastman for first telling me about it.


HP 14" Chromebook, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 2 GB, 16 GB SSD, Ocean Turquoise (though mine is green.) This is perfect if you need a way to access the internet with a full-sized keyboard. Remember with Chromebooks you cannot load software on to it, so you will use cloud-based software like Google Docs and Sheets, etc. This is an alternative to a smaller tablet device.

HoverCam Solo 5 Document Camera, Shooting area can handle A3, A4, tabloid, legal, letter size or smaller documents. Display two full pages and even a whole textbook. This works well with your laptop at NARA I according to our friend Barry Kline who first got me interested in this. It's a lot easier than carrying around a tripod, and the digital image quality is excellent.

Albinar 23inch high Copy Macro Stand with 14x15.75 inches base and lights. Using this with a digital camera is a LOT faster than using a scanner.



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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