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My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing

My Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter Needed Replacing

The internet gods have been conspiring against me. My internet connection was like a magic trick. Now you see it, now you don’t. The wave of storms that battered the West Coast this winter played havoc with our DSL connection. But, there was something else going on…and it was inside my laptop. My Wi-Fi Adapter was dying. On dry days, every other device in the house could connect to the internet. EXCEPT MY LAPTOP! My Laptop or the Weather? It…

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Why didn’t I think of this before?

Why didn’t I think of this before?

The more I spread my family tree out on the internet the more cousins I drag in (willingly, of course.  Just this month I have had four new cousins find me through Facebook and I’ve made two new ones through my DNA test. I love finding new cousins, really I do!  But, I’m finding that despite my stellar ability to remember which great great grandparents had which kids, I lack when it comes to, say, remember where I put my…

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Getting A New Computer: Prep Work to be Done

Getting A New Computer: Prep Work to be Done

My blogging has been light this month for which I apologize.  I am getting a new computer for my birthday from my family.  It took me two weeks to select one with in the price range that would be a step up from what I have.  My computer is 7 years old so probably anything built after 2010 would be a vast improvement.  I decided on a refurbished HP.  I’ll be moving from 2 gig of RAM to 8.  It…

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SNGF: Source to Person Ratio

SNGF: Source to Person Ratio

This is part of the Genealympics Challenges and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings. My assignment is to calculate my source to person ratio in my database.  I use RootsMagic.  It was easy to find the total number of people in my database: 9, 856. Calculating the sources took a little light bulb power.  After searching through the help screens and online, I didn’t see an easy way to do this.  Creating a Source List meant counting the…

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Bringing Old Photos Back To Life: Picnik Test

Bringing Old Photos Back To Life: Picnik Test

I have a bunch (okay, 4 or 5 big photo album worth) of photos from the 1980s that are slowly fading into obscurity. The colors have washed out. They look worse than the color photos in my collection from the 1960s and 1970s! I wanted to use a couple of the photos for an article I am writing. But, they were so washed out that they didn’t even appeal to me. I tried to fix them using the software on…

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