Notes from the past…

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A back-up solution

Once upon a time, I had a zillion digital images saved on my computer. Well, one day my daughter was using my computer and called me at work to ask “Mom, what does fatal exception mean…?”

Needless to say, it was the dreaded “blue-screen-of-death” and my hard drive had crashed! Fortunately, my daughter also had a friend who was a computer whiz. She was able to save almost all of my precious data, and replaced my hard drive. Thank you, Jessica!

Since that fateful day, I have been concerned about backing-up my data, and have tried many options. Discs don’t hold enough, flash drives don’t hold enough, etc. I currently have 3 usb flash drives hanging from my desk, all full. So when I graduated to DSL a couple of months ago, I decided to try online storage. For the amount of data I have (about 11 GB), the fee would be about $5/mo. Certainly reasonable. So I signed up.

Then I began the upload process. A week later, the job was finished.! That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen! It took about 3 times as long to upload 1 image as it would had I done it manually.

Well, I was visibly unimpressed, as a doctor I used to know frequently commented. There had to be another option. So yesterday I went to my local Best Buy and checked out their external hard drives. I settled on one that has 160 GB of space (remember, I currently only need 11 GB), costs about $100 and is about the size of a PDA. It took less than an hour to back-up everything to the external hard drive, including my genealogy research and a big bunch of digital images.

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Free access to Civil War database- only through April 30th

“As we approach the bicentennials of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, Alexander Street Press is offering free access to some of our most popular collections. Through April 30, 2008 you can explore three of our Civil War databases with no restrictions. As a bonus, we are also offering free access to two streaming music collections, which contain songs from the Civil War era.”

I found references to several of my Kennedy ancestors, although nothing new at this point. This site does have numerous photos, letters and diaries, and 1860-1865 periodicals, as well as period music.