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Building a family network

Facebook’s great but if you want more privacy and security for your family news and photos, you might want to build your own family network. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to do!

Found Ephemera: Keynote Vector Graphics

If you have Keynote for Mac, you can draw your own decorative embellishments using the built-in vector drawing tools. What is vector drawing? It’s is the creation of digital graphics using lines, curves and shapes. Unlike bitmap graphics which are made up of a collection of tiny dots (pixels), vector graphics can easily scale in size…

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Mac OS X Mavericks users should check the App Store for the latest Safari update. It offers security updates.

A Markdown Primer

Markdown is a simple way to include formatting options in plain text files. If you’re wondering why this is useful or even important, take a look at this article on Markdown as an archival standard. For me, Markdown has been fun to play with, but I’m finally seeing some very practical solutions. First, there’s the new…

Blog From Your Journal

Blogging is an easy and affordable way to document your family history and the efforts taken to discover it. Blogging makes it easy to discover research cousins and has had a significant role in building the online genealogy community that connects so many of us today. And blogging is fun. But. Bloggers are dependent on…

eBook Updates

One of the really delightful things about ebooks is that they can be easily updated. This is especially useful in two of my favorite categories – family history and technology. One thing that really irritated me about technology books is that I paid a lot of money for a book that was basically obsolete before…

Evernote Tip: Batch Editing Notes

I’m not sure why January is the month that everyone – especially retailers – focuses on getting organized. Maybe it’s the “fresh start” each new year represents. Whatever its cause, I’ve definitely got the bug. And the area that’s getting most of my attention is my Evernote notes. The cold days of winter are a…

Have Your Fonts and Present Them Too

One of the most irritating things about presentation software (Keynote and PowerPoint both) is that trying to move a presentation to a different computer can be a nightmare – especially with fonts. If those fonts don’t reside on the new system, your software will select what it thinks are appropriate replacements from the fonts installed…