What I Use 2

Two years ago I listed the technology tools that aid in my genealogy hobby. I’ve decided to update the list.

Much hasn’t change. What has changed is that I’m no longer using Microsoft Windows. Family Tree Maker is available on the Mac, so that is my software of choice. I’ve also stopped using a video camera and am using a digital camera and an iPhone for HD video.

Here is my list:

* Hardware: MacBook Pro 15 in. running OSX Mountain Lion and Mac Pro running OS X Lion
* External storage: Portable hard drive
* Online Storage and Backup: Carbonite, Flickr, DropBox, Google Docs
* All-In-One Printer: Canon Pixma MP990
* Scanners: Canon CanoScan 8800F, Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F
* Cameras: Canon Digital Rebel XTi, iPhone, Canon PowerShot SX230
* GPS: Garmin Nuvi 200
* Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
* Blogging Software: WordPress, tumblr
* Web Development Software: Dreamweaver
* FTP Client: FileZilla
* RSS Aggregator: Google Reader
* Graphics: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
* Screen Capture: Grab
* Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram
* Other Communication: Facetime, Skype
* URL Shortener: bit.ly
* Office suite: Microsoft Office, Google Docs
* E-mail: Yahoo Mail, Gmail
* Calendar: Google Calendar syncing to iCal and iPhone
* PDF generator: Adobe Acrobat
* Genealogy Database: Family Tree Maker, The Next Generation, Ancestry.com, FamViewer

What I Use

I recently saw a post from Cheryl Palmer, who saw a post from Thomas McEntee, asking us GeneaBloggers to post a list showing what we use, in terms of technology to, either run our genealogy business or, pursue our family history as a hobby.

Thomas asks and states: “Why is this important? Very often – especially if you work at home like me – 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.”

Here is my list of technology tools to aid in my genealogy hobby.

* Hardware: MacBook Pro 15 in. and Mac Pro – both running OS X Snow Leopard and Windows Vista via VMware Fusion
* External storage: Portable hard drive, DVD’s
* Online Storage and Backup: Carbonite, Flickr, DropBox, Google Docs
* Virus Protection: Microsoft Security Essentials
* All-In-One Printer: Canon Pixma MP990
* Printer: Canon i960
* Scanners: Canon CanoScan 8800F, Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F
* Cameras: Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Optura 20 MiniDV
* GPS: Garmin Nuvi 200
* Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
* Blogging Software: WordPress, tumblr
* Web Development Software: Dreamweaver
* FTP Client: FileZilla
* RSS Aggregator: Bloglines
* Graphics: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
* Screen Capture: Grab
* Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
* Other Communitation: Skype, Yahoo Messenger
* URL Shortener: bit.ly
* Office suite: Microsoft Office, Google Docs
* E-mail: Yahoo, Gmail
* Calendar: Google Calendar syncing to iCal and iPod Touch
* PDF generator: Adobe Acrobat
* Genealogy Database: Family Tree Maker, The Next Generation