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MyArchivePhotos.com Stumbles Out Of The Gate In Canada & Ukraine

VERSION 1.0 – It’s true, it’s true.  I’ve been working virtually non-stop this week, despite time spent mourning the near passing of a loved one, to get some of the planning work done for Memories Forever. At least that’s what it’s being called right now.  I’m writing this particular mission to my sister who is partners in the aptly code-named project to tell her some updates on the web hosting front.  I’ve been in conversation with @GoDaddy all week and this is what I can surmise about their web hosting plans so far:

  • The company is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and security of  cPanel is easy to fake in an open relay.
  • Vendor agents that make it a regular habit of neglecting customer service to create more financial benefits.
  • No emphasis on site security Login or service.
  • Site traffic creates endless loop WordPress specific applications called ‘plugins encouraged, but little support.
  • Recommendations by e-agents working for the same company does not use e-mail from this supplier.
  • Recommendations by agent via the website scrape with third-party tools. The solution was to introduce a database agent suggested cut and paste into WordPress.
  • Re-billing and auto-debit problem. Information is not given re new SMTP or to those who are disabled hosting web domains.
  • Code programming is added to the page builder and WordPress installations. Several WordPress site does not work and is not recommended, despite multiple domains on the server.
  • The possibility that they ignore international clients through issues of payment and conversion of the dollar.

The translation of this page is @ https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Daddy

Legacy Photo: Adding Our History To Memories Forever

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#HISTORY – The point she makes is accurate.  I’m talking about my sister when she says, “we can’t let Grandpa just forget about the box of photographs in the corner box of his house.”

And of course, she’s right.  Digital cameras have been around for almost two decades now but prior to that, our generations’ have had access to plenty of non-digitized photography in their family archives.

So what happens to all that stuff that pre-dates our digital camera usage?  Are we as a collective family (or families) going to just let it disappear, never to be seen again, or are we going to generate real interesting works of creative endeavour meant to celebrate our legacies as people who have had a historical role in shaping communities?

So, some of us are getting together to begin archiving family photography in a way not typically achieved by most families who have relied solely on the digital era of cameras to dominate our documented history.  There are a few projects in the works, nothing that can really be talked about here for the moment, but if you understand the Ukrainian language, this photo below has a few clues in it.

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There is information and plenty of history stored away in old family photos, and going to the grave without establishing some sort of trust in the value of that history for future generations is not something I want to be pursuing.

Can we really extract value and a benefits for the next generations from a dusty old pile of photos in the corner of Grandpa’s office?  Sure, we can.  After all, there are memories there.

We’ll take those memories and make them live forever.

Plenty more to come here, stay tuned… we have ideas brewing.

Are Seniors Stuck On Android With Difficult WiFi Search And Connect?

socialmedia1 #ANDROID – Mom, this article is for you.  Since I love you so much, and appreciate everything you do, I thought we could later go out for lunch at Starbucks and I could help you access WiFi there.

Do you see me in the photo above helping Dad’s father with a Polaroid camera? Times have changed.  But we still have fun!

Just to let other people who aren’t my mother know…I bought her a Samsung Tab A for Christmas to go with her new social media account on Google.  Err, rather, she only had Gmail so I got the tablet on the hope she would appreciate the opportunity to integrate everything with a Google Account and use the social media features of a fully integrated Android tablet.

I have a few regrets.  First, I went with the Samsung Tab A, which has a lower quality mega-pixel rating than the more expensive models.  With arthritis she may not be able to hold the camera steady enough to take a good quality of picture as some of the higher end tablets with better cameras might be able to afford.  If I purchased a better tablet, the pictures would come out better.  Sorry mum.  That said, she has taken some good photos of the family.

The miracle here is Google Photos and Google Drive which I have integrated with her Google Account.  It lets me download and share art and photographs of the history of the family from my other accounts to her tablet.  I loaded her storage space with dozens of photos and Mom, I promise after you read this article this morning I will help you send that photo you wanted me to send from the historic archive of our family.

My other regret is that I bought myself a Galaxy 3 Lite and didn’t spring for myself for an enhanced model.  I am an Android loyalist recently but that is only because it took me awhile to get here.  Previous incarnations of Android tablets I have been anchoring have had terrible quality glass on the screen so I was left with poor response from my touch.  For my mother, she is able to successfully navigate with a digital stylus pen which makes the operating system easier to manage.

I also installed the Big Launcher on her device, which I would rate as the single most important app I have ever used.  Basically it transforms the tablet from a complicated collection of apps to a customized senior and vision-impaired friendly operating system.

By the way Mom, an ‘App’ stands for ‘application’ and refers to the individual programs that you can use to perform various tasks.  For instance, your library account uses an app.

So Mom, today we will find out how difficult it is and how user-unfriendly it is to find and access WiFi signals at your favorite hotspot. Before that though, I will help you send that photo.

Love,

Your son…

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Yes, You Need WiFi At Your Funeral

Using your smartphone or tablet at a funeral? You may be on to something. What may be the final taboo for acceptance of our digital lifestyles seems to be falling by the wayside.

WiFi at a funeral is practically essential now. As funeral home operators embrace concepts like livestreaming, it seems obvious that loved ones may want to pay tribute to the deceased in nontraditional ways.

Since our lives have been changed by advancements in communication like social media, so too have our tech needs evolved in death.  Maybe your family or social group uses a #hashtag and you wish to continue to post photographs from your archives to that hashtag as a reminder of your legacy despite your passing?  In addition, there are many services that allow you to send email from your departed self.  Maybe you want to send those messages at your viewing, or your wake?

Is acceptance of Twitter and Facebook at bereavement services far behind?  We acknowledge that it’s commonplace to mark the passing of a celebrity by memorializing them with our Tweets, but what about our own loved ones?  Facebook allows you to request Memorialization for any account, but how soon until we are interacting with that account during a service?

A digital estate memorial makes certain that your heirs will be able to interact with your legacy beyond your passing.

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A digital estate memorial employs a combination of digital technology, including online memorials, for the benefit of the descendant’s estate using various forms of communication, data storage and messaging to continue the legacy of the deceased as years progress. This includes services designed to continue contact with descendants with instructions or greetings from the passed. Some organizations ensure that digital inheritance will be protected in the event new technology emerges over periods of generational succession. This would include new applications of the digital inheritance lifestream as technological systems develop.

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Photo credit: liewcf via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Using Flickr and FlickrFolio To Design Your First Digital Estate Memorial

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It takes heart and a little bit of courage to embrace social media and digital technology for the first time. If you’re new to digital asset management and want to make an impression quickly, try downloading Flickr for your smartphone or tablet.

It’s an easy go-to solution before launching into the world of digital signage displays which are often costly to implement for those on a budget or solely for those looking to produce a digital estate memorial that lasts beyond the general bereavement time period for a wake or funeral.

Download the apps and set up your account for the time being to display your estate photography ‘privately’.  Alternatively, you can add other beneficiaries of the estate to your photostream to help edit descriptions, tags and titles.

Sometimes with more than one beneficiary editing estate photography, disputes will arise with respect to who wants what images included and who wants some deleted.  That’s why it’s crucial to begin this process before the decedent has passed. In some cases, mediation will be necessary.

Besides, shouldn’t we all decide which images we want to include in our afterlife historical perspectives?  There are just some photographs we don’t want included in our estate plan and ultimately we are in charge until an estate manager decides otherwise.

Flickr is a fast and free solution to building your first digital estate tribute to yourself or a loved one.  With a terabyte of free storage in the cloud, you’ll be sure to have enough room to tinker around with all your best estate photography efforts and memories.

But how are you going to display this when celebrating your life?  Output to a standard HD television display is not standard in all funeral homes for use during visitation.  If not available, you may have to provide one for yourself.  Remember, this is a lifetime of memories you are encapsulating and you need to be sure that the solution you provide best harnesses the future impact of your memories.

The FlickrFolio app is a slide-show with transitional effects that when combined with an Android set-top box, can provide background music from an individuals’ favourite music according to their Google Play account settings or other streaming music provider.

This is only a brief introduction to the world of creating your first permanent digital estate memorial.  These solutions aren’t perfect, but they provide a starting-off point for your first afterlife production.

Plan on!

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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Photo credit: Japanexperterna.se via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Planning Your First Digital Memorial Scrapbook

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Funerals are a trying time for all, yet the right digital memorial scrapbook can lighten the mood and pay tribute to the life and times of the passed.

Building an inexpensive novice digital memorial can be easy and fun. The MyGica ATV 1800e Quad Core CPU, Octa Core GPU Ultra Smart Streaming Media Player Plus with 4K Ultra HD Playback Support, Powered by AndroidTM 4.4.2 with XBMC/KODI is one of several off-the-shelf Android set-top devices that can power a digital memorial venture. The operating system is not custom-made for scrapbooking by any means, but it’s built on Android, and that means you can download the easy to use player App from DigitalSignage.com – where you’ll be producing the animations and screens that run your memorial display in no time.  Plus you can order it right away from Amazon.ca and get started on your project immediately.

Anyone with a sprinkle of creativity and the courage to both succeed and fail will find it quite an adventure to develop a personal digital memorial scrapbook for broadcast to others. Built using the tools of Adobe Air, you’ll be up and running in no time after a few easy-to-watch video tutorials at DigitalSignage.com.

Although not perfect, some of the outcomes with DigitalSignage.com have a learning curve if you haven’t built anything creative from a digital perspective before. The $99USD a month Enterprise version of the Signage Studio software allows for integration of many web-based services like Twitter, Instagram, Google Drive, Flickr, Dropbox and many more.

At that price, you’ll get streaming video from YouTube.com, but one way around this is to encode the videos first and stream them directly from DigitalSignage.com’s video server. With 1GB free cloud storage, this is a solution any scrapbooking memorial newcomer can embrace.

Give it a shot.  If this is your first time scrapbooking with a digital angle, you have nothing to lose.  If you’re a newcomer and you’re doing this with time constraints, you won’t have time in a few hours or days to learn how to do this for a memorial service so the right move is probably to stick with basic Android Flickr slideshows or the better FlickrFolio for immediate display of family and friends’ photographs.

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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Photo credit: edgenumbers via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Legacy Photo: Lives Matter From Selma To Montgomery And Beyond

#Photography – Found this photo while digitizing an archive of family memories.  It was taken during the historic Selma to Montgomery Freedom marches of 1965.  Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking while the historian documenting the affair was interested in some of the signs of local marchers.

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How will you ensure the collected memories of your family will be historically and accurately stored for the next generations?  Our future heirs will harness the power of the past to create new opportunity, information, education and potential.

Who would have thought fifty years ago that today’s digerati would be Instagramming their way to viral social media success using tools that even the most prolific photographer would have found unbelievable 20 years ago?  How will your family benefit from the memories you have of the past, and those you still intend to create?

Do you have a plan for your digital estate?  How many gigabytes and terabytes of data have you already created?  Where does it all go?  Will it be deleted upon your passing?  That data has to be stored somewhere and it should obviously be part of any digital estate plan.

Digital Assets: How Will Your Memories Be Accessed In One Hundred Years?

This is one of the photos sent from #Ukraine to #Canada during the late 1920s early 1930s by my grandmother’s family to my grandfather as a means of introducing her to him and encouraging him to send for her.

In hundreds of years, how will will future generations be harnessing the power of your past memories to create their own legacy? Surely you have a plan for your digital assets. You must have a plan for the digitization of old files and old photography so that it can be accessed in the future by your estate.  If not, what happens to all that work you put into creating it?

Don’t forget about making sure your digital estate is protected when preparing your final matters.

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WordPress Dev: The Plug-In We Really Need

One of the plug-ins that the WordPress publishing and development community needs is an open-source Creative Commons based tool that will stream an image slide show based on a connection to WordPress tags searching the Wikipedia media database for tags associated with any new page or post.

So here’s the situation.  You post a new article to WordPress.  The plug-in slider automatically inserts a featured image based on most relevant matches to your article or you have the option of importing specific search results into the Media gallery.

The app could pull new images and most relevant search results as automatic entries into the Featured Image of each article.

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