What I Do and What I Use

Thomas MacEntee over at GeneaBloggers started a new meme today. This is meant to help everyone know what kind of technologies are out there to aid in Genealogy research. Here’s my list.

Hardware: Dell XPS 400. Intel® Pentium® D CPU 2.80GHz/2.79GHz / RAM: 4 GB / Second Hard Drive: 1.5 TB Western Digital | Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop

External Storage: Western Digital 1TB My Book | 4GB Data Traveler Thumb Drive

Online Storage: I back some things up to Mediafire, but I need to check out other options.

Backup: Right now, I back up all my digital files to CDs periodically

Firewall: Norton 360 Smart Firewall

Virus Protection: Norton 360

Spyware: Norton 360, Ad-Aware (free version)

File Cleaner: Norton 360, Ad-Aware (free version), CCleaner

Printer: Kodak ESP-3 All in One (Print, Scan, Copy)

Phone: LG enV Touch: Verizon Wireless

Mobile Media: Laptop/Phone/ iPod Nano 4th Generation

Music Player: iPod Nano 4th Generation

Car Audio: Toyota Factory Installed CD Player

eBook Reader: Don’t have a portable. Use my computers. (Kindle for PC, Microsoft Reader, Adobe Digital Editions)

Browser: Firefox (Default), Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer (only to test websites)

Blog: WordPress and sometimes Windows Live Writer

RSS: Google Reader

FTP: SmartFTP (licensed version)

Text Editor: Notepad; HTML: CoffeeCup HTML Editor (free version)

Graphics: Adobe Photoshop CS4

Screen Capture: IrfanView

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

Social Bookmarking: None

Social Profile: Facebook | Twitter

URL Shortener: Tiny URL

Office Suite: Microsoft Office 2007

Email: Gmail | Mozilla Thunderbird. On Thunderbird, I use the IMAP option so that both the web mail and the mail on my hard drive are identical.

Calendar: None

Accounting: Microsoft Excel 2007

PDF Generator: None

Genealogy Database: Family Tree Maker 2010 | Roots Magic 4 | TNG 8.0 (Website)

Genealogy Tools: Google Earth | Microsoft OneNote

Other Tech Stuff: TweetDeck (updates Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all at once)

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