My new netbook is proving it’s worth already. It’s an Asus Eee PC 1005HA and I love it. It has taken a while to get everything set up the way I want it, and remove the stuff I don’t want, but I think I am there now.
Apart from being able to blog (almost) anywhere and any when, it has enabled me to work on my family history in all sorts of places, but most notably before work in the morning when I have nothing better to do. The best thing however has been the ability to carry my research with me and take it to my parents and show them my latest discoveries.
Take tonight for example. I was able to show my mother the photo I took on Wednesday of the house where her mother was born in High Hurstwood (I don’t think she has ever seen the house before), along with all the other photos I took. Now I know there are many ways I could have done this, but this was just so convenient and cheap. I was then able to tell her the story of her great uncle Ambrose DRIVER and the events surrounding his death in the First World War, and show her the photo of his gravestone in France.
At last my family history research is starting to emerge from my database. I can show people charts, documents and photos which bring the story of our ancestors to life, at the touch of a few buttons. I still need to be there to explain how it all fits together, but it is a great way to make the stories more real.
I can already see a shift in my way of thinking, partly to do with trying to cut down on the amount of paper I use (which reminds me, I need to see if my local library will let me use my digital camera instead of the photocopier), but mostly because I am thinking about how I am going to share this information with other people, having it on the netbook in digital format makes it so much easier.
So my netbook is already proving it’s worth, and that is before I actually take it to an archive and have all the information I need at my fingertips. Gone will be the panic of the night before when I try and work out which reports I need to print out and which documents I should be taking with me.