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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.

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

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.

Legacy Photo: Ancestry Proves My Father A Digital Innovator

#FAMILY #PHOTOGRAPHY – In this post under the vintage and old time category, I wanted to include a picture of my folks from back when they were high rollers in the early seventies. Yes, that’s vintage for some people. Here they are celebrating at a party – which those of you of that era will remember as wild and often – to mark their successful business deals. At the time, my Dad had become the part owner of #Burlington Cable… a fledgling cable television provider when the industry was only burgeoning. He sold that company before realizing what a future the business held but that’s okay, these folks went on to become very successful businesspeople in their own right.

Tags – #Vintage #OldPhotos #Photography #Genealogy #Party #Ontario #Canada

What Is A Digital Estate Memorial?

What is a digital estate memorial? For starters, it is the combined collection of every digital memory established by a loved one in the pursuit of an estate. Every phone number, every email, every social media account, every photograph… these are valuable assets to future generations to behold and believe in. They contain a collective embodiment of all our most cherished milestones. In past eras, wouldn’t it have been nice to have a record of every letter, postcard, love note, short story and other reminders of our family histories? Stay true to yourself and remind those around you that their digital memories are worth keeping as assets for the next era.

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