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Research Notes 2018-6-25

Good news! Some time ago, SmugMug purchased Flickr from Yazoo/Verizon. The original plan was to incorporate existing user accounts into SmugMug, but not long ago, the SmugMug CEO announced that Flickr will remain as it is only it will get the care and support it needs.

Photographs are an important element of any family history project. For many years, the Flickr photo-sharing platform has served the genealogy and history communities. Not only has it been an affordable off-site backup service for our digitized photos and documents, it is a beautiful way to share those photos with family and friends.

For the next few months, SmugMug will be working to move the platform to their own servers and get rid of Yahoo logins. Once that is done, I expect to see them working to upgrade the current features and tools to make Flickr even more impressive.


Last Wednesday afternoon one lightning strike hit our roof and took out three televisions, two telephones and the Comcast controllers for tv, phone and wi-fi. Fortunately our computers and routers are plugged into a UPS – uninterrupted power supply. They are fine. So why did the UPS save us but not the surge protectors? A UPS is about the size of a shoebox but much heavier because it also contains a large battery. There are several outlets on top which is where you plug in your computers. If we lose power the battery in the UPS will automatically keep our computers up and running. If power is only out for a minute or two, we don’t have to do anything. The UPS will “move” our computers back to regular power. If power doesn’t come back quickly, the UPS battery gives us time to properly shut down your computer.

A UPS is not pretty or cheap, but isn’t it worth $60 to protect hundreds of dollars of computers, printers and routers?

Small UPS system begins at about $50.


This tip is for iPad users . . . A recent update has added a very useful feature to the Notes app. You can now scan photos and documents into your Notes app. It’s quick and easy.

Notes app on iPad

Open a new note, then tap the plus icon shown just above the backspace key. The Menu shown above appears. Tap the Scan Documents option. Hold your iPad over the photo or document you want to scan until the app finds the documents edges and completes the scan.

Note with scanned document attached

Your scanned document will be saved into a new note in the folder that was open at the time you created the scan. You can now change the title, add any notes you want to include and move the note to a different folder if necessary.

The Notes app is one of the many free apps included on iOS devices – iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This is just one of the tools that makes the Notes app an impressive research management tool.


Reminder . . . October isn’t that far off.

Did you know that PowerPoint (Windows) and Keynote (Mac) are both great scrapbooking platforms? Download Digital Storytelling – Picture Books to see how creative you can get.

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