Thursday, July 8, 2010

What I Do... Technosaurus?

Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog has started a blog meme titled What I Do. You basically list what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby." Click here to see what other GeneaBloggers Do.

Here is my list, such as it is:

* Hardware: Dell D3000 Desktop Computer, Pentium 4, 2.8 ghz, 1.6 gb RAM, 64 gb hard drive, 22-inch monitor. Dell Inspiron laptop computer. Netgear wireless router
* External storage: 256 gb external drive, 16 gb USB drive, 4 gb USB Drive
* Online storage: Google Docs, Picasa photos, no online file storage
* Backup: external hard drive, laptop computer, USB drives, Google Docs

* Firewall: McAfee Security Suite
* Virus protection: McAfee
* Spyware: McAfee
* File cleaner: none

* Printer: HP Photosmart C6350 All-in-One printer, scanner, copier
* Phone: Land line; Motorola cell phone with Verizon service
* Mobile media: none
* Music player: iPod 30 gb (with photos too)
* Car audio: AM/FM radio

* eBook Reader: none
* Browser: Internet Explorer 7, Firefox Mozilla occasionally
* Blog: Blogger
* RSS: Bloglines
* FTP: none

* Text editor: MS Word 2002, MS Notepad, Open Office Write, email
* Graphics: Microsoft Digital Image Editor, MS Paint
* Screen capture: PrintScreen + paste into Open Office Impress

* Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
* Social bookmarking: none
* Social profile: none
* URL shortener: TinyURL

* Office suite: OpenOffice 3.2
* E-mail: Outlook Express, Gmail
* Calendar: wall
* Accounting: MS Money
* PDF generator: CutePDF, OpenOffice

* Genealogy database: Family Tree Maker 16, RootsMagic 4, Legacy Family Tree 7, Family Tree Maker 2010, Ancestry Member Tree, MyHeritage,, other online services
* Genealogy tools: GenSmarts, Google Maps, books, periodicals, journals, magnifying glass
* Genealogy website subscriptions:,,,,
* Periodical Subscriptions: NGS Magazine, NGS Quarterly, NEHGS American Ancestors, NEHGS Register, Internet Genealogy, FGS FORUM, Family Tree Magazine.
* Other tech stuff: Olympus Voice Recorder, Nikon Coolpix S3000 Digital Camera, Flip Video Camera, Magellan RoadMate GPS

So am I a technical dinosaur? Not really, I guess - I just don't have the need for, or expense of, a mobile media device or a lot of fancy software programs.


Thomas MacEntee said...

Wonderful! A bit of voyeurism going on here as I visit each post in the meme and check out what folks are using. I'm getting lots of ideas for new stuff!

Elizabeth said...

Interesting. Technosaurus? What's older than that? I'll be reading the other posts to see what everbody is using.I'm sure I'll be at the bottom of the list of techno tools,but this old dog is learning new tricks.

Eileen said...

Technosaurus? I think so...calendar: wall. Definately stone-age.