ARE YOU WIRED, OR JUST TIRED?
February 14, 2010
I am getting used to the words iPhone, iPod and netbook and now Apple has come out with the iPad! Am I the only one without all these gadgets? Besides, most genealogy software programs are Windows compatible and do not work with Apple.
The iPhone is a telephone has a calendar, Internet access, email, games, video camera, GPS, and many other things called Apps.
The iPod has 160GB storage, space for 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video, 25,000 photos, etc.
I have only heard of the iPad name, but it should be interesting as all Apple electronics are. I do want to look at it.
The netbook is less costly than a laptop, tiny, at a weight of about one to two pounds so it is much lighter than a laptop. It keeps a charge for 4-6 hours but by carrying a second charged battery you could spend all day researching outside your home without carrying all those cords. It has about one or two GB memory, about a nine-inch screen, smaller keypad, but designed to keep you connected on the go by surfing the Web and access email. It has wireless networking built-in to keep you connected wherever you go—a.k.a., casual computing. To keep it light and thin, it does not include a CD/DVD drive.
Its primary use for genealogists is for quick access to information, recording information and data while in the library, archive or on a field trip. It also has its uses for speakers or lecturers who must provide their own computer. Because the memory is somewhat limited, the thumb drive is ideal for this purpose. It may not accommodate anything but the short version of Windows 7, but it will accommodate Legacy Family Tree, and Word 2007. Imagine going to research in the library while carrying a netbook smaller than most women’s purses and certainly lighter and thinner. Having the necessary research information readily available and a word processor or genealogy program to enter your finds certainly sounds interesting. You can make a research report template to type in all the information you found on your outing and include what you need to look for on your return. Then, attach the new information and the report to an email and send it to yourself to download to your home computer. The netbook is, however, too tiny for old eyes to use as a primary home computer, but its light weight is a plus for aging backs.
When not being used for research, the tiny little netbook could sit on the kitchen counter making searching for recipes a fun experience rather than a chore. Another plus, while cooking you could also keep an eye on your emails. Netbooks come in pretty colors making it easy to match your decor.
My phone is a telephone. My cell phone has a camera, and both are lightweight. The radio has many more songs than just 40,000 and already installed in my home and automobile. When I am home, I have access to everything these high tech gadgets have with my house phone and computer. Already I have too many emails and phone calls. I know longer have a 9 to 5 job and I do not text or twitter, so using the new phone devices would be a nightmare and make me too accessible. There are advantages to being retired.
My home computer/laptop is necessary, but I would certainly consider buying a netbook for its light weight.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.