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What I Do

From The meme is called “What I Do” and you basically list what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby.

Why is this important?  Very often we operate in a vacuum.  We have no idea what other people are using unless they mention it in an email or a blog post.  Or we have to ask for a recommendation.

So take a look.  Copy and use the list below if you want to participate at your blog.  Use the words “What I Do” in the post title and I’ll list it here:

  • Hardware: HP Pavilion Elite m9040n Core 2 Quad Q6600 Desktop Computer with 3GB RAM, 640GB SATA with Windows 7 (I didn’t memorize that, I swear. It’s from the receipt.)
  • External storage: 1TB Maxtor USB drive
  • Online storage: None, besides some of my web host FTP space which gives me like 8GB.
  • Backup: A few things. Windows 7 backup, manual backup, and also SyncBack.
  • Firewall: Comodo Firewall
  • Virus protection: AVG Free AntiVirus
  • Spyware: None, unless I think I need a scan, than usually AdAware
  • File cleaner: None. Honestly, there is no real need for these with today’s drive sizes.
  • Printer: HP All-in-one
  • Phone: iPhone 3G (link goes to 3GS, since mine is old)
  • Mobile media: iPod Touch/iPhone
  • Music player: iPod Touch
  • Car audio: Pioneer with MP3 CD capability – iPod connector no longer works with new models, but it still charges it.
  • eBook Reader: none, unless you count Google Books for some  stuff
  • Browser: Main – Google Chrome – Also have IE 8, Firefox, Safari (on my phone) for testing.
  • Blog: WordPress Self-Hosted
  • RSS: Google Reader
  • FTP: Filezilla
  • Text editor: UltraEdit
  • Graphics: Photoshop, GIMP, or MS Paint (which is nice in Win7)
  • Screen capture: PrintScreen button (no need for a program)
  • Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc
  • Social bookmarking: nothing specific
  • Social profile: See “Social media” above
  • URL shortener:
  • Office suite: None usually, but if I need one, OpenOffice or Google Docs
  • E-mail: Gmail
  • Calendar: Google Calender (syncs with my iPhone)
  • Accounting:
  • PDF generator: None, don’t really do it much and most programs do it on their own.
  • Genealogy database: Rootsmagic 4
  • Genealogy tools: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding for my web tree, Ancestry’s “Tree To Go” and FamViewer for my iPhone to view my stuff when out.
  • Other tech stuff: Google Picasa for photos, UltraEdit for my web developing (no cheesy WYSIWYG editor for me), VSO Image Resizer for quick image resizing, and probably lots of other things I’m forgetting.

Published by Brian Zalewski

I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. In 2006, I married the love of my life, Darcy, and welcomed the birth of our daughter, Aerissa Jean, in 2010 and our son, Xander Lee, in 2012. I can’t wait to tell them stories about all of their ancestors.