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Dick Eastman
Dick Eastman kept his first genealogy database on 80-column punch cards.
Interests: ham radio, recumbent bicycling, flying, genealogy
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You will have to have a clear line-of-sight path to the remote link. If there are buildings, trees, brush, or other obstacles in the way, it will not work.
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You are asking questions about things I have not tried myself. However, in theory... The TP-Link High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE should be able to do that IF, and only if, it has a clear line-of-sight to the distant device it is trying to connect to. If the two ends can see each other (and it isn't raining or snowing), the High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE should be able to do it. However, any obstructions in the way will seriously degrade the signal strength and the maximum range. Any trees, bushes, or similar problems will reduce signal range significantly. Any buildings in the way will probably block the signals entirely.
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I do not know of any reliable method of sending wi-fi signals for 13 km through trees, buildings, or other obstructions.
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I will plead ignorance here. I have never tried that and am not certain if it will work or not. Also, I cannot test right now. I am at Logan Airport in Boston, waiting for a flight to Burbank, California. The wireless access point is in my motorhome that is presently parked in Florida. Yes, it is a long story... (smile) Perhaps someone else can jump in here and asnwer the question.
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You can find several iPad apps that will transfer your your photos via a wi-fi connection without being connected to your home computer. I use Camera Sync for that. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camerasync/id406645727?mt=8 for details. I know that many people use Dropbox Carousel to upload pictures from an iPhone or iPad without connecting to a computer. See http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2014/04/dropbox-carousel.html You can find several more photo transfer apps that do not require a connection to iTunes in the list below: http://www.phototransferapp.com/ipad/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-transfer-wifi-drag-drop/id674978018?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-transfer-wifi-drag-drop/id674978018?mt=8 You can also upload the photos to Apple's iCloud service that is already preinstalled on your iPhone. If you use Picasa, see https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-sync-for-picasa/id473143274?mt=8 You can also email photos to yourself. That works well if you only wish to transfer a few photos but becomes tedious if you have a lot of photos to send. None of the above require a connection to a computer.
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But if you already have a tablet...
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This has been a tough week! I have traveled more than 12,000 miles and the eogn.com web site has been up and down like a yo-yo during much of that time. It seems to fail immediately after I board an airplane for a long flight. Actually, there wasn't much I could do even if I had been on the ground. On Thursday and into Friday, several routers in the data center where the eogn.com home page is hosted failed. The hosting provider reports that there was a firmware bug in the routers and their techs had to go back to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
---> I also found it difficult to use the mini keyboard. Can you please clarify this? I find it easy, much easier than using the built-in keyboard on the iPad's screen. I am entering this message on the iPad Mini/Logitech keyboard combination while sitting at the gate in the Denver International Airport. I am waiting for my connecting flight. I could have typed this message on the "glass keyboard" on the iPad's screen but I find that to be tedious and I make a lot more typo errors when I use that. ---> Would the full sized Logitech keyboard work with the iPad Mini? Yes.
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Many people own and love their tablet computers. I have an Pad Mini and it has become my primary traveling computer. I hear similar statements from owners of various Android tablets as well. As useful as these tiny powerhouses may be, they are still seriously hampered by the lack of a keyboard. The solution? Add a keyboard! That suggestion is obvious. Adding an external high quality keyboard converts a tablet computer into a reasonably-priced laptop computer. Perhaps it should be called a netbook. The pictures in this article show my iPad Mini in action with a Logitech keyboard. You can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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The FamilySearch method of creating indexes of old records has been described many times in this newsletter and many other genealogy publications. FamilySearch is now planning to introduce a new process to maintain indexing quality. In this new model, a single volunteer will index and submit a batch, and a second volunteer will review the completed work. The person reviewing the batch will have the ability to add corrections to the values entered by the first indexer, and both values can be included in the searchable index on FamilySearch.org. If the person reviewing the batch makes a small number of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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I won't offer any opinion about the accuracy of this article but I certainly would like to see the source citations. A Pennsylvania woman claims she is the 64th great-granddaughter of Saint Joseph Ben Matthat Arimathaea, who was the paternal uncle to the Virgin Mary. Ashlie Hardway of WTAE Television reports that Mary Beth Webb, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, said she began searching her ancestry in 2010 after years of "communicating" with her deceased mother, father and brother. While doing the research on ancestry.com over a two-year period, Webb discovered the connection to Saint Joseph. You can decide for yourself after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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I am not one of the organizers so I don't want to say for sure. However, as stated above, "For details, look at http://www.cecruisegroups.com/genealogy-cruise-2014.html. To book now, contact Herb at CruiseEverything at 800-959-7447. " I have talked with Herb at CruiseEverything and can vouch that he seems very knowledgeable. I believe he can give you better information than I can. Call him. He's friendly and easy to talk to.
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The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies: 2015 FGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014 April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. - The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014. This innovative blending of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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Several articles have been posted here about humorous obituaries, many of them written by the deceased in advance of the "final event." Now Stig Kernell, a Swedish resident, gave his funeral home instructions before he died on April 6, and the funeral home followed through, publishing the 3-word obituary in two newspapers on Saturday. Stig Kernell's obituary, published in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, states "I Am Dead." Well, that DOES sum it up. Radio Sweden reports that Lars-Åke Kernell, Stig’s son, told the Expressen, “He felt that not much else needed to be said, just 'I am dead.'” The nonagenarian died... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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Some newsletter readers may find the www.EOGN.com web site is running slowly today. The hosting company is having networking problems in their Provo, Utah, data center, one of several data centers the company operates. The problem appears to be impacting some newsletter readers, although not all of them. I know the problem is impacting me as I sit in this hotel room in London, England. I am receiving frequent time-out error messages when attempting to display pages on eogn.com. Even worse, I am checking out of the hotel shortly to board a plane to Seattle, Washington. I will be incommunicado... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
---> Evernote does not play nicely with mobile phones; it constantly locks you out of your account and forces you to reset your password several times a week. I don't agree. I use Evernote often, typically several times a day. I have been using it for a several years on an iPhone and, for the past two weeks, have been using it on a Moto X Android phone that I am trying out while I am traveling in England. I don't remember Evernote ever locking me out of my account on any device and I am still using the same password I created when I first signed up for Evernote several years ago. One of the reasons I am so enthusiastic about Evernote is because it has been so reliable.
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David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, has written in his own blog about a goal to provide U.S. citizens with easier and faster access to materials held at the National Archives and Records Administration. He writes: "The first of our new strategic goals is to 'Make Access Happen.' Increasingly, access means digital, online access. Our first goal has one objective, to make our records available to the public in digital form to ensure that anyone can explore, discover and learn from our records." You can read his full article at http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=5417. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added more than 2.1 million images to collections from Italy. Notable collection updates include the 89,778 images from the new Italy, Lucca, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1807–1814, collection; the 445,302 images from the new Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796–1812, 1838–1859, 1866–1899, collection; and the 1,637,317 images from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, collection. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org. Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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I wrote earlier (at http://goo.gl/MttkJE and at http://goo.gl/qhG8Oe) about a 7-day genealogy cruise on board the Celebrity Silhouette in the Eastern Caribbean that starts on December 7, 2014. I will be one of the speakers on that cruise. Now the cruise organizers have extended an Early Booking Special for those who sign up before April 30, 2014. Book on or before April 30 and receive one of the following: Free Classic Beverage Package for 2 people (includes gratuities): Beer, up to $5/serving Spirits, Cocktails & Wine; up to $8/serving All Soda, Premium Coffee, Teas, Juices, Bottled Water NOTE: Upgrade to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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The Heartbleed bug is a new security problem that theoretically could be used to expose users' passwords when connecting to many web sites. The problem only arises when using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connections to web sites that run OpenSSL software. Indeed, SSL is supposed to PREVENT security issues but the new Heartbleed bug does the opposite: it could create security problems. The Heartbleed bug is a serious issue, and as such, there's a lot of confusion about the bug and its implications as you use the Internet. A couple of newsletter readers have written to ask if there is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
SSIDs are created by the person(s) who install or maintain the wireless network. They can be anything at all, there is no "code" or standard method of assigning SSID letters. One SSID might be "big-pine-rv-campground" while another might be "RNA337529x" so I don't know of any method of identifying them if they are not obvious.
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The following was written by the folks at the Texas State Genealogical Society: In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and findmypast.com, the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations to be held during the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. As part of the educational and outreach missions of both FGS and TSGS, the exhibit hall will be free and open to the public. During that time, approximately twenty half-hour presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute presentations will be geared towards educating... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Kenneth C. Thomson Jr. has dedicated the majority of his life to studying and preserving local history. He received the Citizen of the Year award from Sumner County Publications on Friday in Gallatin, Tennessee. As a freelance historian and genealogist, Thomson has been the go-to source for everything and everybody related to Sumner County history with the ability to answer off the top of his head specific questions, citing names and dates. Late state historian Walter Durham once said that Thomson knows more about “Sumner County people than anybody.” You can read more about Kenneth Thomson and his award in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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I had a great time this past weekend when I attended the annual conference of the Guild of One-Name Studies, held in Ashford, Kent, England. I also was invited to speak at the conference. This organization, affectionately referred to as GOONS, is based in England but has more than 2,600 members around the world. Indeed, they are very serious genealogists. Founded in 1979 in Britain, the Guild is widely recognised as a centre of academic excellence in one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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CeCe Moore, Dr. Tim Janzen, and others are organizing a brand-new conference that sounds like it should be a winner. The Institute for Genetic Genealogy is the new organization that will produce the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference, to be held August 15-17 in Washington, DC at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. An outstanding group of genetic genealogists and population geneticists have agreed to speak at this conference. Representatives from all of the major genetic genealogy companies have agreed to give presentations. Dr. Spencer Wells, who heads the National Geographic Genographic Project, will be the keynote speaker. A significant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter