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Saturday, February 19, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #8 - Technology

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. From Geneabloggers.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy History - Week #8 - Technology. What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

A lot has happened in my lifetime. I went from a home with a black and white TV with 3 channels to flatscreened color TV's in every room with 200 channels. I've seen the old black telephone with a party line and the first cell phone that was the size and weight of a car battery to super slim cellphones that can surf the Internet at the same time you talk on the phone! I've used paper spreadsheets on a desk with a calculator and now computerized spreadsheets that can be shared online. I went from no computers to computerized everything!

In 1986 I graduated from Spartanburg Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Accounting and Computer Operations. We had one room with personal computers and I remember only having one class in that room. The rest of the computer classes were talking about simple DOS programming, how to change tapes (on computers that filled an entire room), how to use punch cards, etc.

My mother bought a "word processor." The machine could only do word processing and the software program was on a floppy disk in a floppy disc drive and the data was saved on another floppy disk in a 2nd floppy disk drive. There were no hard drives.

At work, my first computer was an IBM like this one:

This did not have a hard drive but 2 5 1/4 floppy drives.

It was neat that I was able to find these photos of old computers on the Internet.

Soon I got a modification to my office computer. They removed one of the floppy drives and added a 10 Megabyte hard drive! I thought this was so coo at the timel!

It was about this time Stan and I bought our first personal computer for home. It had a 25 Mb hard drive and a 5 1/4 floppy drive. It had a primitive color monitor. It cost us about $2,500! It looked something like this:

Every couple of years I bought a new computer and upgraded to the newest and latest. Today I have 2 laptops and a desktop with a brilliant flat screen monitor. Instead of 256 kb of RAM, I have 8 Gb of RAM and instead of a 25 Mb hard drive I have a 1 Tb hard drive. Computer prices are at an all time low. Where I used to pay $2500, now I can get the latest computer for $700. I use a computer all day long, every day. I'm doing digital scrapbooking, genealogy searches, blogging, on Facebook, sending emails, on the Internet all the time. I can't imagine going back to being without a computer.

Sorting Saturday - Making a Scrapbooking Area

Sorting Saturday is a daily blogging prompt at Geneabloggers.com used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Any tips on how to go about sorting through a closet or box of stuff, what to do with what you find, organizing, supplies and tools you might need, etc.

I do scrapbooking which goes hand-in-hand with my other passion, genealogy. I used to do all paper scrapbooking but now I've gone digital. If you do digital and paper on the same page layout, it's called hybrid scrapbooking. I now have a wide format printer that prints 12 x 12 scrapbook pages but you can also have them printed by companies online like Shutterfly.com. Our niece, Jenny, came up with funny things to the tune of Twelves Days of Christmas about little Brett. I had to scrap it. I did a hybrid page. I printed part of it as 8 x 8 on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and then put it on a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and added embellishments around it.

Why did I change to digital? Because all my supplies are in the computer on a hard drive and I can do away with all the supplies and equipment I used to use. That opened up a lot of space in my study. But some people love handling the paper and will not go digital. For them...

...I searched the Internet for scrapbooking rooms. Scrapbook rooms have to be highly organized to be effective. There are just so many papers, embellishments, stickers, equipment, etc to keep up with. Some women only have little scrapbook areas like using a closet,their dining room table, or a corner. But serious scrappers have a dedicated room, or scrapbook studio. If you aren't organized then you forget what you have and duplicate. This is a waste of money. Some people get really too many supplies and equipment. Their inventory is too heavy. They end up with every new doodad and stuff gets shifted to the bottom or is no longer in fashion so it's a waste. If you have a local scrapbook store, let it be your warehouse. You don't have to keep 50 sheets of red cardstock on hand. But, if you don't have a scrapbook store near you, then you really might need to keep a good inventory. Also if you have scrapbook parties at your house or you are in the scrapbooking business, then you might need all that stuff. But try to keep a healthy balance... not too much and not too little. In a business they have to keep this balance and it's called on-time inventory. You don't want to get stuck with too much product, but you need enough to keep your work rolling along.

I did get into the rubberstamping craft but I kept it pretty reasonable. I never got into die cutting because I could see it leading to another avenue of spending money. Organzing rubberstamps, ink pads, die cuts and die cutting machines takes a lot of skill as you will see.

I surfed the Internet to find examples of scrapping rooms, scrapbook supplies organization, and just good ideas for the scrapper. Hope you enjoy it and may it motivate you to clean up, purge, organize!

Notice the diecuts in the white shelf on the left. Punches are in the black things hanging on the closet doors and rubber stamps arranged on narrow shelves under the window.

These shelves look like gutters but aren't. But you could use real gutters. Gutters are especially good for holding ribbon spools.

Punches are like mini-die cuts.

A nice way to stack rubberstamps. I think they are stored in some type of clear plastic boxes or clamshells. Maybe DVD cases?


An old drawer turned up on it's side makes a good narrow cabinet.


Plastic shoe box holding ribbon spools.

Old jewelry box. Fishing tackle and tool boxes are handy too.

Notice how this lady fitted matching printed cardstock into the fronts of her plastic drawers so that it makes everything look matched. What a wonderful idea!

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