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Do you have a netbook? If so, what do you use it for?

28 Jul

I have been considering getting a netbook for quite a while now, and finally at the end of this month I will have the money to do so. Now is the moment I have been dreading, decision time.

I think it will be a great asset, it will be a useful tool for my family history research (and blogging) but the problem is that it is not essential for what I do. Sure it will probably make my life easier, but do I really need it?

There are lots of things I could use it for, the main one is probably for note taking at archives or libraries, but several other uses have come to mind as I wrestle with whether to buy or not.

  • I would like to use it as a temporary digital photo album. In connection with my external hard drive I could use it to share my digital photos, and especially my family history photos, where I can also use it to capture memories and additional information.
  • I love the idea of being able to blog and check email while I am away from home, perhaps even when I am out walking.
  • I would love to have access to the internet when I am out and about, so I can check train times, ending eBay auctions etc.
  • I want to have something else to do on the bus going to and from work. Just think how much work I could get done in that half hour each way.
  • With a small scanner I can take it with me when visiting family members as a portable scanning unit for photos and documents.
  • Of course I would have my family history loaded on there so I can show everyone and anyone my family tree at the drop of a hat.

But still at the back of my mind is the nagging fact that I don’t actually need it, it is more of a convenience rather than a necessity.

So if you have a netbook please let me know in the comments what you use it for? What interesting ways have you found to use it in your research? I need all the help I can get to convince myself that I should have one.

I forgot to turn the internet off whilst I was on holiday!

18 Jul

You know what it’s like, you think you have remembered everything when you plan for a holiday but there is always one thing you forget. In my case I forgot to turn the internet off on my way out.

So what did I come back to? Hundreds of emails, loads of blog posts to read, a couple of dozen podcasts and countless websites to catch up on (have there been any new releases at ancestry.co.uk whilst I was away?) and then there are all those saved search emails from eBay, I must check them just in case something I simply must have has been listed.

I am grateful I never signed up to GenealogyWise or I would need another week to catch up with everything that has been happening!

Seriously though if you have tried to get in touch with me in this last week, then bear with me, I will get around to everything eventually. Next time I am going to pack a netbook as well as the suncream and raincoat.

To split or not to split

11 Mar

Having given it some thought I have decided (almost definitely 100% probably) to split this blog in two.

I am not sure I like the mix of news and reviews, and my own personal research thoughts and actions, all in one blog.

So I plan to separate the two, so there will be two blogs, a professional and a personal. The Wandering Genealogist will probably remain the personal one, and a new (as yet untitled) blog will cover news and reviews, or perhaps the other way round, who knows.

I am not sure that there is enough going on in the English family history world to enable a post a day on the professional blog, but I am sure there is more than enough to make up for it in the personal one.

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